“I used all the WBC (World Baseball Classic) official balls I received in Korea.”
Doosan Bears right-hander Kwak Bin (24) worked really hard ahead of this year’s spring camp. He is proud to say that he has worked the hardest since joining Doosan in 2018 as the first player. In fact, Kwak Bin received elbow surgery from his debut season and had a hard time just rehabilitating for more than three years, and even in 2021 and 2022, he had never thrown the ball early since the off-season because he was taking care of his elbow.
This year, for the first time since his professional debut six years ago, he threw the ball in earnest from winter and quickly raised his pace. Kwak Bin was selected for the 2023 WBC team to be held in March. Last year, he had the best season of his life, recording 8 wins, 9 losses, 147⅔ innings, and an ERA of 3.78 in 27 games. Kwak Bin threw the ball with the determination to do his best during the tournament, and used up the WBC official ball he had already been given. 메이저사이트
On the 2nd, Kwak Bin continued to learn his senses with the WBC official ball while pitching in the bullpen at the Blacktown Baseball Stadium in Sydney, Australia. Last year’s rookie of the year Jeong Cheol-won (24), who was also selected for the national team, was asked by Gwak Bin to collect all his WBC official balls from Korea and bring them to Australia. Cheolwon Jeong and Bin Bin Kwak are moving together, focusing on preparing for the national team in this spring camp.
The pitching results weren’t bad. The highest speed of the fastball came up to 146 km. Compared to the pitchers who pitched together, the sound of catcher Yang Eui-ji’s (36) mitt hitting the ball was so heavy that it could be heard much louder. However, as it was at the beginning of the camp, the balance was not yet perfect, so the first pitch left a disappointment. I was a little nervous about Yang Eui-ji’s presence in the national team.
Gwak Bin said, “I pitched three times in Korea. I didn’t decide on the number of pitches and threw until I liked it. But I couldn’t adapt because I threw again after a long time. Didn’t you see that I was throwing strangely (wide pitch) earlier?”