Head coach of the South Korean men’s baseball team at the Hangzhou 2022 Asian Games, is interviewed at
Incheon International Airport on Oct. 8.
The Korea Baseball Organization (KBO) has announced the 26-man roster for the Korean national baseball team
competing in the Asian Professional Baseball Championship (APBC).
“The 26-man roster was announced at a joint press conference of the managers of the participating countries at
the APBC in Tokyo, Japan,” the KBO said on Thursday.
The tournament is open to players aged 24 or younger (born on or after January 1, 1999) or within their third year
in the KBO (born after 2021), with up to three players aged 29 or younger (born on or after January 1, 1994) as wild cards.
The players selected through the Strength and Conditioning Committee will gather in Daegu on Nov. 5 for
training and practice games from Nov. 6 to 13 at Samsung Lions Park in Daegu.
However, the number of participants will change depending on the postseason schedule. The final roster may
also be adjusted depending on the Korean Series schedule.
The national team rostered 26 players, including 12 pitchers, three catchers, six infielders, and five outfielders.
The roster includes a number of players who shared the gold medal at the 2022 Hangzhou Asian Games.
Who pitched well in the final against Chinese Taipei, Noh Si-hwan, who batted fourth, and Kang Baek-ho (KT),
who bounced back from an international slump with a gold medal, have been recalled, while Kwak Bin (Doosan),
who did not play a single game at the Asian Games due to illness, will look to redeem himself at the APBC.
Lee Yi-ri (KIA), who was dropped from the final roster for the Asian Games due to a late-season slump in the
regular season, was also selected.
The other six newcomers include right-handed bullpen Choi Jun-yong (Lotte), left-hander Oh Won-seok (SSG),
catcher Son Sung-bin (Lotte), infielders Kim Hui-jip (Kiwoom) and Kim Do-young (KIA), and outfielder Park Seung-kyu (Sangmu).
The 20-man preliminary roster consists of nine pitchers, two catchers, six infielders and three outfielders. Five
players were selected from clubs that are currently playing in the postseason, including Park Myung-geun (LG),
Son Dong-hyun (KT), Kim Si-hoon, Shin Min-hyuk (NC), and Jeon Eui-san (SSG).
A total of 20 reserve roster spots are available for this year’s tournament according to the rules. The Power
Enhancement Committee selected the 20 reserve rosters in preparation for the Korean Series and postseason
schedule and in case players need to be replaced due to injuries, the committee announced today.
Final roster changes for the tournament will be made by Nov. 14.
The 2023 APBC will be held from Nov. 16-19 at the Tokyo Dome in Japan. Korea will open the tournament on Nov.
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