Choi excited about Gocheokdome doubleheader “schedule doesn’t make sense”
Hanwha Eagles head coach Choi Won-ho expressed his dissatisfaction with the KBO’s scheduling of the remaining games in the second half of the season, especially the doubleheader at the Gocheok Sky Dome, much like Kiwoom Heroes head coach Hong Won-ki.
Before the 11th game of the 2023 Shinhan Bank SOL KBO League against the Lotte Giants at Hanwha Life Eagles Park in Daejeon on the 30th, Choi Won-ho said, “I looked at the schedule for the remaining games in the second half of the season, and it was too tight. There are even two doubleheaders,” he said, adding, “It’s like looking at a pennant race schedule, not the level of remaining games.”
On Sept. 29, the KBO announced the finalized schedule of 116 games, including 50 rainouts and 50 unarranged games due to the elimination of the second half of the season. If a game is canceled due to rain by Sept. 7, it will be organized as a backup date for the priority announced schedule.
To prevent the postseason schedule from being pushed back beyond mid-October, games that are not part of a postseason series can be played on a travel day between the final day of the regular season and the opening day of the wild-card deciding game or during the postseason.
However, Kiwoom and Hanwha are unhappy with the scheduling of the September 9 doubleheader at the Gocheok SkyDome. Samsung-Dusan (Jamsil), LG-KIA (Gwangju), and Lotte-NC (Changwon) also play doubleheaders on that date. The KBO has a total of 11 doubleheaders scheduled for the remainder of the season.
Choi Won-ho believes that the doubleheader with Kiwoom could have been avoided. Both Kiwoom and Hanwha have no games on September 13-14. Hanwha will face Kiwoom on Sept. 8-10 in Gocheok before taking a day off on Monday, Sept. 11, to play Doosan in Jamsil on Sept. 12.
Kiwoom will not play again until Sept. 15-16 against the Sasik Lotte Giants after completing a three-game home weekend against Hanwha on Sept. 8-10, so it’s unclear if the Gocheok Sky Dome doubleheader with Hanwha was necessary.
Choi Won-ho said, “I don’t know if it’s unavoidable, but there are other dates when both teams don’t play, and I don’t understand why we have to play a doubleheader.” “We even scheduled a reserve day at Gocheok Sky Dome,” he added.
He also expressed his disappointment, saying, “We can’t play on Monday (Sept. 11), and there are no games on Wednesday (Sept. 13) and Thursday (Sept. 14), so we should have played then, but the schedule came out like this.”
Kiwoom head coach Hong Won-ki also took a swipe at Hanwha for scheduling a doubleheader at Gocheok Sky Dome on Sept. 9, shortly after the KBO announced the remaining games on Sept. 29.
Hanwha has a problem with its starting rotation after September. Top prospect Moon Dong-joo will not make his last regular-season start until September 3 against the LG Twins. He will be resting and managing his innings, preparing to join the national team for the Hangzhou Asian Games in mid-September.토토사이트
Choi Won-ho said, “We received reports that Kim Ki-jung is the best pitcher in the Futures League. We are also considering Nam Ji-min and Jang Min-jae as alternatives to Moon Dong-joo,” Choi said. “We have a doubleheader in September, so we need pitchers who can eat up innings. We’re going to call up a lot of pitchers who have experience throwing long.”