Park Myung-geun or Jung Woo-young? Objection to AG representative selection

 It was four days ago. the last 9 days. Eyes gathered at the Baseball Hall in Dogok-dong, Seoul. It is the day when the Hangzhou Asian Games team roster is announced. Two people appear and the press conference begins. Director Ryu Joong-il and Jo Gye-hyun, chairman of the power reinforcement committee.

Bow your head politely before sitting down. All of the following statements are from Chairman Cho. “First of all, I would like to thank the fans, journalists, and broadcasters who showed a lot of interest and support in the formation of the Hangzhou national team in 2022.”

Well, nothing surprising. It’s a common press conference scene, and it’s a comment. But not on this day. It feels different somehow. A little more cautious and cautious. It seems like setting an example enough. Maybe it’s because of memory. 5 years ago? The intense aftermath of the last tournament.

I was very sick. A lot has changed since then. Seeing that, I feel sad. What a headache. Deducing the 24 people was never easy. There is not one or two things to consider. Age, wild card, position, condition, etc. In addition, it is also necessary to arrange for each team.

It is a difficult reality to organize the best members right now. But you have to think about the future. It is a task of generational change. Of course, the achievement (gold medal) is natural. Just thinking about it makes my head throb. How long has it been since the Tokyo disaster? Public opinion is sharp.

Even in this situation, he was in charge of the national team. Hard-working baseball players, especially coach Ryu, were willing to accept the poisoned Holy Grail. Since when did it happen? With the Taegeuk mark, the things you have to deal with are getting bigger and bigger. Now I understand their meaning as dedication.

However, nonetheless. I have one objection.

There are several questions raised about the composition of this team. Some of them are about positions. It’s about catchers, outfielders, and bullpen pitchers. ▶ It is pointed out that there is little experience to protect the homeroom ▶ There are only 3 outfield specialists ▶ Most of the pitching staff are starting resources.

Most of the explanations were made on this day. ▶ The catcher will use proven Hyung-jun Kim (NC), ▶ there are infielders who can double as outfielders, and ▶ the problem of selection and bullpen will be solved if operated with a 1+1 strategy.

The objection to be raised today is the part about the bullpen. Specifically, ‘why not Park Myeong-geun and Jung Woo-young’. There was also a mention of this at the press conference. The question is ‘Evaluation that Jung Woo-young’s pitch is lower than before’.

Director Liu replied: “I chose one between Jung Woo-young and Park Myung-geun (LG). I thought about it with the members of the power reinforcement committee, and I thought that Jung Woo-young, who throws a fast ball of more than 150 km per hour, was very useful in international competitions.”

This answer met this criticism. ‘Director Ryu seems to have many memories of Jung Woo-young when he was good.’ ‘Isn’t his arm bent inward because he is the disciple he raised?’ it’s the same thing But it’s not an argument to listen to. “The most important theme of this selection is fairness and transparency,” said Chairman Cho. At least the counterargument starts with basic trust.

Current scores are clearly different. The areas where the gap is large are ERA (ERA) and WAR (contribution to victory over substitutes). Park’s WAR is the fourth highest among Twins pitchers. On the other hand, Jung Woo-young is the lowest at 28th.

Park Myeong-geun = 27 games, 25.2 innings, ERA 2.45, WHIP 1.29, WAR 0.66

Jung Woo-young = 30 games, 26.0 innings, ERA 4.85, WHIP 1.27, WAR -0.94

Of course, the cumulative career record is also important. Jung Woo-young is definitely the best bullpen in the KBO league. It was evaluated that he would be good enough to go to the major leagues. It will be a temporary slump. It makes sense to see it that way. As coach Ryu said, strength is needed in international competitions.

On the other hand, Park Myeong-geun is still a rookie. It is true that he has good qualities. He had an excellent pitch. He also has the advantage of enjoying an active game. However, he has only been playing the league for about two months. The sample is too small for confidence.

The variable that the tournament is three months away also works. That’s why even injured players were selected. Hopefully it will get better by then. The case of Jung Woo-young is similar. He expects to rise gradually. However, Park Myeong-geun has concerns. It is his first pennant race. The pace may drop as summer passes. This point would have been taken into account.

But no. It is an uncertain empirical prediction. It’s just a prejudice that comes from here. The importance of speed, cumulative performance, large and small samples. These things are of course important. But there is something more important than that. Current, that is, power at the time of selection. How powerful a ball he throws now, how well he plays against batters. Data represents objectivity, and results in the field validate it. This is the most reasonable criterion. Any experience or prediction that precedes it is dangerous.

Is the sample size identified small? It is similar to Na Kyun-an and Choi Ji-min. But they didn’t. It is not uniform to apply only to Park Myeong-geun. Nobody knows after 3 months. Assuming that, the standard becomes ambiguous.

There is one more reason. It is a matter of position. There are few bullpens in this team. In particular, the only candidate for finishing is Go Woo-seok. It is also not in normal condition. He still needs attention. This means that you may need a band. The bullpen specialists on the current roster are Jung Woo-young, Choi Ji-min, and Park Young-hyun. You must cast one of these.

that’s related. Director Yeom Kyung-yeop’s true intentions were reported in several media outlets. It is the time before the announcement of the national team. This is the content. “There is a possibility (to be selected) that Park Myung-geun has come up a lot. Surely they won’t pick all of Go Woo-seok, Jung Woo-young, and Park Myeong-geun. Probably two (from the bullpen).” He is also the technical chairperson. you are reading correctly

the words that follow “If Jung Woo-young and Park Myung-geun leave, Go Woo-seok will remain, so it is not a bad option (for LG). However, if it is Park Myeong-geun and Ko Woo-seok, it is unexpected (one media quoted it as ‘the worst situation’). It is because it is difficult for Jung Woo-young to pitch in a save situation, but Park Myung-geun is possible.”안전놀이터

Choi Ji-min and Park Young-hyun recorded one save each this season. Park Myung-geun has 5 saves. Jung Woo-young posted a total of 8 saves over 5 years. On August 28, 2021, the Kiwoom match is the last. In order to prevent Go Woo-seok’s 3 consecutive fights, he blocked the 9th inning with 2K scoreless runs. There is no save record after the 2022 season.

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