Choo Shin-soo of SSG, a professional baseball team, is causing controversy after criticizing the WBC national team for failing to change generations.
In particular, he is facing a backlash from fans when he makes remarks defending An Woo-jin, who was excluded due to a history of school violence.
This is reporter Moon Young-gyu’s report.
Choo Shin-soo appeared on a Korean radio station in Texas, USA, and criticized the composition of the baseball team.
He argued that Kim Hyeon-soo and Kim Gwang-hyeon were good players, but he needed to be selected for the future.
He said he should have picked more young players than veterans, and he pointed out the failure of the generational change.
In fact, the average age of the Beijing Olympic team,스포츠토토 which was the golden age of Korean baseball, was 26.7 years old, but this time the national team is 29.4 years old.
However, the average age was lower than the previous WBC, and most of the young players such as So-Jun Sohn and Woo-Seok Ko were selected for the pitching team, except for Kwang-Hyun Kim and Hyeon-Jong Yang.
Choo Shin-soo also caused a big controversy by defending Ahn Woo-jin, who was excluded from the national team due to school violence.
Choo Shin-soo said that Ahn Woo-jin certainly did something wrong, but he felt sorry for him.
Regarding this, there were many opinions among baseball fans that it was a statement that did not understand the symbolism of the national team and the seriousness of school violence.
Rather, it is pointed out whether Choo Shin-soo, who has a history of drunk driving and has been absent from the national team since receiving a military service exemption for the Asian Games, has the right to criticize the national team.