Choo Shin-soo (41, SSG Landers) is one of the best players in Korean baseball history. The weight of his words is considerable.
Choo Shin-soo, who played an active role as a major leaguer representing Korea, came to the KBO League after ending his American career in 2021. Having experienced advanced baseball, he has been honest about what he thought after experiencing Korean baseball. He was sometimes determined and asserted his views strongly.
So, the representative change was the facilities of Jamsil Baseball Stadium. After the demonstration game at Jamsil Stadium in March 2021, Choo Shin-soo said in an interview with reporters, “Should I be honest?”
The first thing he brought up was the difference in facilities between Korea and the United States. Having been involved in the major leagues with state-of-the-art facilities for more than 10 years, it seemed that Korean stadium facilities had no choice but to catch his eye. 카지노사이트
At the time, he said, “It’s a pity that there is no batting cage for the away team (indoor). When I first came to Korea, I didn’t understand it.”
Also, “There is not enough treatment space for players to take care of their body. There is not even a place to get hot water. In the US, I have a routine to warm up by going back and forth between hot and cold water before the game. But that part I’m not ready at all. I just wear a uniform, arrive at the stadium, hit a little bat and play.” In the end, what Choo Shin-soo ultimately pursued was the development of Korean baseball.
The influence of Choo Shin-soo’s remarks was significant. After the season ended that year, Jamsil Stadium began a major facility improvement project. In the end, the away team players who visited Jamsil Stadium no longer changed their clothes in the hallway. Individual lockers were created. Rest is now available in the locker room, not on the bus. The space has been expanded so that you can take a shower to your heart’s content. There is also a physical therapy room. The dining area has also been enlarged. A makeover of the Jamsil Stadium expedition facility opened in July 1982. It was possible because of Choo Shin-soo’s determination. One official said, “If Choo Shin-soo hadn’t talked about the poor facilities at Jamsil Stadium, would there have been a change?”
Choo Shin-soo, who had been like that, this time mentioned the national team of the 2023 World Baseball Classic (WBC) and poured out remarks about Korean culture and Ahn Woo-jin (24, Kiwoom Heroes).
He appeared on ‘DKNET’, a Korean radio broadcast in Dallas, Texas, USA, and told Ahn Woo-jin, “I definitely did something wrong. I have a player… I play baseball in Korea, but there are so many things I don’t understand,” he said.
Woojin Ahn performed best in the 2022 season. He went 15-8 with a 2.11 earned run average. He rose to the ranks of the best pitchers with a Golden Glove in his arms. Hanwha coach has already praised Ahn Woo-jin as the best pitcher in Korea. An Woo-jin, who was like that, was not listed on the final 30-man list of the WBC national team. Cho Beom-hyeon, chairman of the KBO Technical Committee, explained the reason for not selecting An Woo-jin, saying, “When selecting players, he considered various things such as the symbolic meaning of the national team, pride, and responsibility.”
Choo Shin-soo said, “I made (mistakes) when I was young. I repented of my mistakes and was punished for suspension, but I can’t go to international competitions. Oh, there are so many things to say…” and then said, “I am the senior. Many There is something I want to say to the seniors, but just because they were born early and played baseball early doesn’t make them seniors. If there is someone who has experienced such an unreasonable thing, seniors should step out. If my juniors are going the wrong way and exercising in the wrong place, I have to raise my voice to change something properly and try to help, but I just watch.”
Choo Shin-soo, who has changed many things in Korean baseball with his few remarks. Indeed, attention is focused on whether there will be any changes in future moves, such as the selection of Ahn Woo-jin for the national team.