Kim Gwang-hyeon (SSG Landers), who played an active role as the ace of the Korean baseball team for 16 years, declared ‘retirement from the national team’.
On the 14th, after returning from the 2023 World Baseball Classic (WBC) schedule, Kim Gwang-hyun wrote on his social network service (SNS), “Thank you for supporting Kim Gwang-hyun, the national team player.”
“It was a dream and a pride to be a national team,” he said. “I feel proud of myself for playing for the country and Korean baseball from the 2005 youth representative to the 2023 WBC. I grew a lot in the national team and learned a lot. In my heart I looked back on my long time playing on the international stage, saying, “The way I felt when I went to the game wearing the Taegeukgi and singing the national anthem with a gold medal hanging around my neck is something I will be proud of and proud of for the rest of my life.”
He continued, “There were times when my grades weren’t good, but I wasn’t disappointed, and I was able to use it as an opportunity to become stronger. Now… I think I should hand over this opportunity to learn and grow to my juniors. I was able to do better, but I feel very regretful and resentful.” He conveyed his determination to put down, and expressed his regret at being eliminated in the first round of the WBC.
Korea, who stood on the WBC stage with the goal of advancing to the semifinals, suffered the loss of being eliminated in the first round.
Both the players and fans regret it, but the clock in the KBO League is running.
The KBO League begins on April 1st. Currently, Korean professional baseball is holding an exhibition game.
Kim Gwang-hyun said, “Starting today, I’m going to return to the Landers pitcher Kim Gwang-hyun, who knows how to enjoy the game as always, and who throws the ball harder than anyone else.”
Born in 1988, Kim Gwang-hyeon was selected for the first time in the adult national team in March 2008, when he was 20 years old, in the final qualifying round for the Beijing Olympics.
On August 22 of that year, Kim Gwang-hyun started in the Beijing Olympics semifinal game against Japan and pitched 8 innings, 6 hits and 2 runs (1 earned run). It was a famous scene that will remain in Korean baseball history.
He also played an ace in the 2009 WBC, the 2014 Incheon Asian Games, the 2015 Premier 12, and the 2019 Premier 12, and in the tournaments in which Kim Gwang-hyun participated, Korea advanced to the finals. He won the Incheon Asian Games and the 2015 Premier12. 스포츠토토
However, at the 2023 WBC, the last tournament of national team member Kim Gwang-hyun, he exited early.
Kim Gwang-hyun started against Japan on the 10th and pitched perfectly until the 2nd inning, but collapsed in the 3rd inning due to exhaustion due to waiting in the bullpen against Australia the previous day (9th). Kim Gwang-hyun’s performance this time was 2 innings, 3 hits and 4 runs.
Kim Gwang-hyun participated in 7 competitions in the adult national team made up of professional players and posted an average ERA of 3.92 (30 runs in 59⅔ innings, 26 ERA) in 17 games, 5 wins and 4 losses.
He tied the record for the most innings and the most wins for the Korean national team in a tournament in which professional players participated.
Kim Gwang-hyun said, “I’m sorry,” but Korean baseball had more happy times thanks to Kim Gwang-hyun.