Moon Dong-ju, who opened up in the ‘National Team Controversy’ “I had no expectations in the first place… League performance comes first”
Hanwha Eagles’ right-hander Moon Dong-ju (20) opened his mouth about the controversy surrounding him being selected for the 2023 World Baseball Classic (WBC) team. He is in the position that it is premature to be selected as he has only left potential in the professional stage and has not yet achieved any clear results.
Moon Dong-ju, who joined Hanwha after receiving the first nomination in the 2022 rookie draft, raised expectations by throwing a 155km fastball even before the regular season.
However, he was out of the starting roster due to an oblique muscle injury before the opening game, and was out of power in the middle of the season due to a partial tear in the subscapularis muscle.
As a result, Moon Dong-ju only had an average ERA of 5.65 last season with 1 win, 3 losses, 2 holds and 36 strikeouts in 13 games.
Moon Dong-ju was also excluded from the final list of the WBC national team announced on the 4th, but after that, Choo Shin-soo (SSG Landers) expressed regret over the slow generational change of the national team on a recent Korean radio broadcast in the Dallas area, and mentioned the elimination of An Woo-jin (Kiwoom Heroes) and Moon Dong-ju. year became an issue. 먹튀검증
While immediate results are important, Choo Shin-soo’s opinion was that promising players should have been selected in consideration of young players and the future of the national team. was
The uproar was quite large, but Moon Dong-ju, the person in charge, responded calmly.
On the 29th, he met with reporters at Incheon International Airport ahead of his departure to Arizona, the US, the Hanwha Spring Camp, and said, “I didn’t think I would be selected for the national team in the first place because I didn’t show much of what I showed last season.”
He added, “(When the final list was announced) I didn’t have any expectations,” he added, “but in the future, I think I will have to work hard to become a player worthy of representing the country.”
Moon Dong-ju lowered his stance, saying that he was not yet qualified for the national team, but he did not let go of his dream of becoming a member of the national team. In addition to the WBC, the Hangzhou Asian Games and the Asian Professional Baseball Championship are held this year, giving Moon Dong-ju an opportunity to wear the Taegeuk mark.
Moon Dong-ju said, “It is a great honor just to represent the country. If you are a player, it is definitely a place to take a bath.” It is right to prepare well and play the season well.”
When asked about his goals for the new year, Moon Dong-ju said, “I didn’t set a personal record as a goal.”
Regarding Kim Seo-hyun, a one-year junior who accompanies the spring camp, “if you throw while being conscious of injuries during the camp, more injuries may follow.” advised.