(WBC) South Korean squad travels to Japan for WBC prep

By Yoo Jee-ho

INCHEON, March 4 (Yonhap) — South Korea’s national team traveled to Japan for the World Baseball Classic (WBC) on Saturday, embarking on a journey of redemption after disappointments at previous events.

Led by Lee Kang-chul, South Korea will play two exhibition games in Osaka next week before heading to the Tokyo tournament.

Members of South Korea’s national baseball team pose for photos at Incheon International Airport, west of Seoul, on March 4, 2023, before flying to Japan for the World Classic baseball. baseball. (Yonhap)

South Korea will face the Orix Buffaloes on Monday and the Hanshin Tigers on Tuesday, both at the Kyocera Dome Osaka. His first Pool B game is against Australia on Thursday at the Tokyo Dome.

South Korea will next face Japan on Friday, the Czech Republic on March 12 and China on March 13.

The top two teams after the round robin will advance to the quarter-finals, against qualifiers from Group A – consisting of Chinese Taipei, Cuba, Italy, Panama and the Netherlands. The two quarter-finals of the teams from pools A and B will take place at the Tokyo Dome.

The semi-finals and final will take place at LoanDepot Park, home of the Miami Marlins.

South Korean manager Lee Kang-chul speaks to reporters at Incheon International Airport, west of Seoul, on March 4, 2023, before flying to Japan for the World Baseball Classic. (Yonhap)

South Korea finished third in the inaugural WBC in 2006 and second to Japan in the 2009 edition. However, they crashed out in the first round of each of the next two tournaments, in 2013 and 2017.

Speaking to reporters before boarding his flight to Osaka on Saturday, manager Lee said he was going to accept the pressure that comes with his job.

“It’s an honor to hold this position and I feel the weight of responsibility,” Lee said. “But I also see it as a great opportunity that few people would have. I will all try to bring back great results.

The 30-man national team includes two major leaguers: Kim Ha-seong of the San Diego Padres and Tommy Edman of the St. Louis Cardinals.

Members of the South Korean national baseball team pose for a group photo after practice for the World Baseball Classic at the Gocheok Sky Dome in Seoul on March 3, 2023. (Yonhap)

Edman was born in the United States to a Korean mother and an American father. He is the first foreign national to play for South Korea in an international baseball tournament, thanks to the WBC’s loose eligibility rules.

Kim and Edman only joined South Korea on Thursday for their first practice, unable to join the team for a two-week camp in Arizona due to club commitments. They were also ineligible for the South Korean scrum in Seoul on Friday, but will be able to play in both exhibitions in Osaka.

After Friday’s scrimmage, Lee hinted that Edman and Kim would reach the top of the order, setting the stage for a few boppers to follow. Lee also said the rest of the roster is mostly set, though he could change “one or two players, depending on the opposing starting pitcher in a given game.”

There are four former major leaguers in outfielder Kim Hyun-soo, infielder Park Byung-ho, and pitchers Kim Kwang-hyun and Yang Hyeon-jong.

Outfielder Lee Jung-hoo, the reigning Korea Baseball Organization (KBO) MVP, will have his first international showcase since his club, Kiwoom Heroes, announced in January that it would post Lee for major league clubs after the 2023 season.


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New men’s soccer coach Klinsmann is due to travel to South Korea on Wednesday

SEOUL, March 04 (Yonhap) — Jurgen Klinsmann, new coach of South Korea’s men’s national soccer team, will arrive on Wednesday.

The Korea Football Association (KFA) announced on Saturday that German football legend Klinsmann named South Korea’s new bench boss earlier this week, is due to land at Incheon International Airport, west of Seoul, at 5:20 a.m. Wednesday. There will be a scrum and then a press conference at a hotel in Seoul at 2 p.m. Thursday.

Klinsmann, 58, succeeds Paulo Bento, who coached South Korea to the last 16 of the FIFA World Cup last year to cap his four-year tenure.

This Associated Press file photo from November 12, 2015 shows Jurgen Klinsmann, the new head coach of the South Korea men’s national soccer team. (Yonhap)

Klinsmann is signed until the next FIFA World Cup in 2026.

Klinsmann was one of the best strikers in the world during his playing days, winning the 1990 World Cup for West Germany and becoming the first player to score at least three goals in three consecutive World Cups.

As head coach, Klinsmann led Germany to third place at the 2006 World Cup and the United States to the round of 16 at the 2014 tournament.

He hasn’t coached a national team since 2016 and his last stint as a club coach, with Hertha BSC, lasted just 10 weeks at the start of 2020. He has also been criticized for overemphasizing physical fitness and not offering much tactical advice.

Klinsmann will have two chances to silence his detractors this month. He will make his South Korea debut against Colombia in a friendly match on March 24 in Ulsan, some 310 kilometers south of Seoul, and then face Uruguay four days later in Seoul.


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(WBC) In a possible international swan song, the South Korean captain seeks to take his team to great heights

By Yoo Jee-ho

INCHEON, March 4 (Yonhap) — Among the South Korean position players competing in this month’s World Baseball Classic (WBC), no one has as much resume as outfielder Kim Hyun-soo.

Kim has represented the country nine times on the international stage, starting with the gold medal at the Beijing Olympics in 2008. Kim has also won three gold medals at the Asian Games and the 2015 Premier12 title. In 59 international matches , Kim hit .364 with 46 RBIs.

It’s no wonder his teammates turned to Kim, literally, when the coaching staff wanted to name the national team captain for the WBC.

South Korean captain Kim Hyun-soo (left) speaks to reporters at Incheon International Airport, west of Seoul, on March 4, 2023, before flying to Japan for the world classic baseball. (Yonhap)

“When it came time to vote captain, everyone looked at me,” Kim said with a smile at Incheon International Airport on Saturday, before flying to Osaka for the WBC exhibition matches. next week. The tournament begins in earnest for South Korea on Thursday in Tokyo.

“I don’t know if I have what it takes to be captain,” Kim said. “I happen to have this title next to my name. The national team is a collection of great players, and we will all do our best and deliver great results.

South Korea will try to get out of the first round for the first time since 2009, when they finished in second place ahead of Japan.

Kim, who was part of that 2009 team, said this year’s WBC added meaning on a personal level.

“Every international competition means a lot to me, but this one is particularly important because it could be my last,” said the 35-year-old outfielder. “We have worked hard so far and we will have a few more days in Japan before the tournament, which will give us plenty of time to be as prepared as possible.”

South Korean captain Kim Hyun-soo (L) chats with teammates during practice for the World Baseball Classic at the Gocheok Sky Dome in Seoul on March 2, 2023. (Yonhap)

South Korean players have long named the opening game against Australia, scheduled for Thursday midday at the Tokyo Dome, as the most crucial of their tournament. Win this game and the path to the quarter-finals as one of the top two teams in Pool B will be pretty clear. Otherwise, South Korea will face an inescapable situation against world number one Japan on Friday night.

Kim said he and his teammates watched plenty of clips of the Aussie pitchers to get to grips with, although getting into the box in real life is a different story.

“The stress level isn’t as high when you study pitchers on film. Once we see them in person, we’ll feel a little more nervous,” Kim said. “So we will continue to study cinema and discuss among ourselves the best way to deal with these pitchers.”


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Top headlines from major South Korean newspapers

SEOUL, March 4 (Yonhap) — Here are the headlines from major South Korean newspapers on March 4.

daily newspapers in Korean
“I didn’t know Kim Mun-ki,” Lee Jae-myung said. “The indictment is unfair” (Kyunghyang Shinmun)
— Lee Jae-myung denies making ‘false statements’ in first trial (Kookmin Daily)
— ‘Lee Jae-myung trial’ begins… clashes with prosecution for 5 hours (Donga Ilbo)
— Natural Science Department’s “Top 20” wiped out (Segye Times)
— Monthly national pension payment increased in 25 years (Chosun Ilbo)
— 3 new difficulties, South Korea’s export engine slows down (JoongAng Ilbo)
– Victory in history is won when we rise to fight (Hankyoreh)
— Few keywords show lewd photos… “The Deviation of AI” (Hankook Ilbo)
— Encourage local banks to compete with private banks (Maeil Business Newspaper)
– Samsung SDI signs 5 trillion won ‘battery alliance’ deal with US GM (Korea Economic Daily)

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South Korea win final scrum at home to WBC

By Yoo Jee-ho

SEOUL, March 3 (Yonhap) — South Korea won its last home game on Friday before the start of the World Baseball Classic (WBC) next week, with some pitchers showing signs of command issues.

Led by Lee Kang-chul, the national team defeated minor league affiliate SSG Landers in the Korea Baseball Organization 10-2 at the Gocheok Sky Dome in Seoul.

Starter Ko Young-pyo worked three goalless innings and outfielder Park Kun-woo, considered a tournament substitute, drove in four runs with a home run and two doubles.

It was the last practice match for South Korea before their trip to Japan for the big tournament. The team will fly to Osaka on Saturday to prepare for two official clashes against Japanese clubs: the Orix Buffaloes on Monday and the Hanshin Tigers on Tuesday.

South Korea’s first Pool B match is Thursday against Australia at the Tokyo Dome.

The only two major leaguers on the national team, Kim Ha-seong of the San Diego Padres and Tommy Edman of the St. Louis Cardinals, were ineligible for Friday’s game, which was an informal non-WBC-sanctioned scrimmage. They will be available against the Buffaloes and Tigers.

South Korea’s Ko Young-pyo throws against SSG Landers during a scrimmage for the World Baseball Classic at Gocheok Sky Dome in Seoul on March 3, 2023. (Yonhap)

Kim and Edman practiced batting live earlier Friday, and the two pitchers on the mound for this session, Koo Chang-mo and Won Tae-in, did not come out for the scrimmage after throwing 35 and 37 pitches, respectively. .

And with manager Lee wanting to see all of the remaining pitchers in action, the national team’s pitching staff was split in two.

Six of the remaining 13 pitchers have pitched for the national team, including Ko, the likely starter against Australia in South Korea’s opener next Thursday.

The other seven pitchers took the mound for the Landers, including veteran left-hander Kim Kwang-hyun.

South Korean Kim Kwang-hyun throws against SSG Landers national team during a scrimmage for the World Baseball Classic at Gocheok Sky Dome in Seoul on March 3, 2023. (Yonhap)

On the positional side, outfielder Choi Ji-hoon and receiver Lee Ji-young played for the Landers.

Third baseman Choi Jeong was ruled out of the game due to bad weather. With no other third baseman available — Kim Ha-seong and Edman can play third base if needed during the WBC — right fielder Park Kun-woo ended up leading the hot corner in this game.

The national team put 10 hitters in their starting lineup and used two designated hitters.

South Korea opened the scoring late in the second, thanks to Yang Eui-ji’s RBI single. The national team doubled their lead in the third, as Oh Ji-hwan’s brace in a well-executed blitzkrieg scored Kim Hye-seong in the first.

South Korea’s Yang Eui-ji hits an RBI single against SSG Landers during a scrimmage for the World Baseball Classic at Gocheok Sky Dome in Seoul on March 3, 2023. (Yonhap)

The Landers recovered a fifth run on a double play ball, with shortstop Oh Ji-hwan flashing leather on a short, hard hopper to start the double kill and limit the damage.

South Korea took a 4-1 lead in the bottom fifth, when Park Kun-woo hit an RBI brace high up the right field fence, and Oh followed it up with a single for his second RBI of the game. .

In the top sixth, the Landers cut the deficit to 4-2 with an RBI groundout, only to see South Korea come right back with a run in the bottom sixth.

Park Kun-woo homered for South Korea in the seventh to open a 6-2 lead.

Although South Korea led after the top 9, they opted to play the bottom half of this inning, so that a final pitcher, Kim Won-jung, could do his job. Park hit the reliever for a two-run double for an 8-2 advantage.

Kim made a throwing error after lining up a bunt to let in another South Korean run.

Oh Ji-hwan’s single completed the score at 10-2.

National team pitchers after Ko didn’t look sharp. Yang Hyeon-jong gave up three hits and a few harder-hit balls, and fellow southpaw Kim Yun-sik struggled to find the strike zone. Lefty Lee Eui-lee hit 152 kilometers per hour (94.4 miles per hour) with his fastball but also fired two steps.

Among the national team members who pitched for the Landers, Gwak Been, the second pitcher, looked solid as he sat above 150 mph. But reliever Lee Yong-chan threw two wild pitches in his only working inning, and Jeong Cheol-won ceded the solo shot to Park Kun-woo. Kim Won-jung was manhandled for four runs in the ninth.


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(LEAD) New COVID-19 cases in South Korea, around 10,000; the government plans to lift anti-virus measures

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SEOUL, March 3 (Yonhap) — South Korea reported 10,408 new cases of COVID-19 on Friday, as the government said it would begin discussions on lifting remaining anti-virus measures.

The figure is up 357 from the previous week and slightly above the past seven-day average of 9,195, according to data from the Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency (KDCA).

The total number of cases stood at 30,543,981. South Korea reported 11 deaths, bringing the death toll to 34,014.

Critically ill patients stood at 135, down from 129 the previous day.

The KDCA said it would start discussions on lowering the country’s COVID-19 alert level from the current “serious” to “cautious”, depending on the outcome of the World Health Organization meeting. health on the pandemic, expected around the end of April beginning of May. .

South Korea has maintained a “serious” COVID-19 alert level since February 2020.

The further lifting of remaining virus restrictions, such as the seven-day quarantine rule and the indoor mask mandate in certain areas, will take place after the alert level is adjusted, the public health agency said.

On January 30, South Korea lifted most indoor mask mandates after they had been in place for more than two years.

Health Minister Cho Kyoo-hong (L) chairs a meeting with health authorities on COVID-19 on March 3, 2023. (Yonhap)


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South Korea has yet to decide whether to send lethal weapons to Ukraine (PM)

By Kim Deok-hyun

SEOUL, March 3 (Yonhap) — Prime Minister Han Duck-soo said Friday that South Korea has yet to decide whether or not to send lethal weapons to Ukraine, despite calls from Ukraine to have heavy weapons to support its fight against Russia.

In an interview with CNN’s “Quest Means Business,” Han said South Korea has decided to increase its financial support for Ukraine this year while seeking to support Kyiv with power generation facilities.

When asked if he would consider sending lethal weapons to Ukraine, Han replied, “Not now. I think so.”

“But we are completely in favor of Ukraine, and this year we have decided to increase our support by the amount of 130 million dollars, and we are trying to support them in terms of electricity production capacities. , etc.” said Han.

“Whether we’re going to go into lethal weapons support, we haven’t decided yet,” he said.

North Korea tested a record number of missiles, including intercontinental ballistic missiles, last year, prompting South Korea and the United States to step up joint military exercises.

Prime Minister Han Duck-soo speaks at the government complex in Seoul on March 3, 2023, during a meeting of a government committee to support the country’s preparations for the 25th World Scout Jamboree. The international youth camp, held every four years to facilitate cultural exchange among teenagers from all over the world, will be held in Saemangeum, a reclaimed area located on the west coast of North Jeolla Province, from August 1 to 12, 2023. (Yonhap)

Since President Yoon Suk Yeol’s government came to power last year, Han said South Korea “has put a lot of emphasis on building our deterrence capabilities in the right way, but we let’s not close the dialogue”.

“As long as North Korea refrains from its very strong and ambitious nuclear ambitions, it’s OK for the United States and for (South) Korea to open our dialogue, but so far it’s really a shame that North Korea didn’t respond in a way that was totally, you know, desirable,” Han said.

He also clarified that South Korea would not consider acquiring its own nuclear weapons in the face of growing nuclear threats from the North.

When asked if South Korea would want its own nuclear capability or if the United States is redeploying its nuclear capabilities here, Han replied, “I don’t think that’s the right way to go. We must work with the international community, including our close ally, the United States.

“We will continue to exert strong pressure on North Korea to denuclearize, and we would like to let North Korea know that the development and advancement of nuclear capabilities will not guarantee peace and prosperity in their country. , as well as on the Korean Peninsula and around the world.”


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Gold Glove runner-up ‘comfortable’ next to Gold Glove winner for WBC team South Korea

By Yoo Jee-ho

SEOUL, March 02 (Yonhap) — South Korea will have a dream midfielder at the World Baseball Classic (WBC) starting next week, with two of Major League Baseball’s (MLB’s) top defensemen patrolling from each side of the second base bag.

At second base will be Tommy Edman of the St. Louis Cardinals, winner of the 2021 National League Golden Glove and runner-up for the job last year. The half-Korean star will play for her mother’s native country for the first time.

South Korean Kim Ha-seong speaks to reporters after practice for the World Baseball Classic at the Gocheok Sky Dome in Seoul on March 2, 2023. (Yonhap)

Kim Ha Seong of the San Diego Padres will be the shortstop, fresh off a second MLB campaign in which he was a Gold Glove finalist in that position.

The duo finally had their first practice together on Thursday at the Gocheok Sky Dome in Seoul. They missed national team training camp in Tucson, Ariz., due to club commitments, but after arriving here on Wednesday, they were straight into action some 24 hours later.

The first part of Thursday’s practice was held behind closed doors, and by the time the media were allowed into the dome, Kim and Edman were at batting practice.

To hear Kim tell it, her first day with Edman couldn’t have gone better.

“He’s such a great player and he’s really fast,” Kim said. “I found it comfortable and easy to play defense next to him.”

On paper, Kim and Edman should give South Korea one of the best defensive interiors in the tournament. And Kim said he wanted to live up to the pre-WBC hype.

South Korean Kim Ha-seong takes part in batting practice for the World Baseball Classic at the Gocheok Sky Dome in Seoul on March 2, 2023. (Yonhap)

“Hopefully Edman and I will help out our pitchers and gobble up the ground balls,” Kim said. “That should take the pressure off our pitchers’ shoulders and give our team a better chance of winning.”

Before signing with the Padres ahead of the 2021 season, Kim spent seven years with the Kiwoom Heroes, who use Gocheok as their home. Thursday was kind of a homecoming for Kim.

“It was nice to be back on my old stomping ground,” Kim said with a smile. “I’m close to a lot of guys in the team, and it was also great to be able to speak in my own language on the pitch.”

South Korean Kim Ha-seong takes part in batting practice for the World Baseball Classic at the Gocheok Sky Dome in Seoul on March 2, 2023. (Yonhap)


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South Korea to sell 14.5 trillion won of treasury bills in March

SEOUL, March 2 (Yonhap) — South Korea plans to sell 14.5 trillion won ($11 billion) of government bonds this month, the finance ministry said Thursday.

The country will issue 2.6 trillion won of three-year treasury bills and another 2.2 trillion won of five-year government bonds in March, according to the Ministry of Economy and Finance.

It also plans to sell 2.6 trillion won in 10-year bonds and 1.1 trillion won in 20-year Treasury bonds, and issue 3.7 trillion won in 30-year bonds. .

South Korea issued 13.4 trillion won in government bonds in February.


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(LEAD) South Korea, China strengthen trade, investment cooperation

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SEOUL, March 01 (Yonhap) — Senior trade officials from South Korea and China on Wednesday discussed ways to strengthen exchanges and cooperation on supply chains, bilateral trade and investment and create favorable trading conditions, said the Seoul Ministry of Commerce.

The talks took place during a meeting between South Korean Vice Minister of Commerce Jeong Dae-jin and Li Fei, Chinese Vice Minister of Commerce, in Seoul, according to the Ministry of Commerce, Industry. and Energy.

It was the first high-level trade talks between the two neighboring countries since June 2019.

During the meeting, Jeong asked for China’s cooperation to stabilize the supply of raw materials, parts and other items and to help South Korean companies do business “under foreseeable circumstances”, the ministry said. . .

He also called on China to play an active role in accelerating follow-up negotiations on services and investment under its free trade agreement.

The Chinese official said his country will actively try to help ensure the stability of business management for South Korean companies in China and resolve their difficulties, according to the ministry.

Bilateral trade hit a record high of $310.4 billion last year, up 3% from a year earlier, according to government data.

This photo, provided by South Korea’s Commerce Ministry, shows Vice Commerce Minister Jeong Dae-jin (R) shaking hands with Chinese Vice Commerce Minister Li Fei before their talks in Seoul on March 1, 2023 ( PHOTO NOT FOR SALE) (Youhap)


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