Kim In-sik’s problem “Why do coaches only talk about ball speed?

The Korean baseball team suffered the humiliation of being eliminated in the first round of the 2023 World Baseball Classic (WBC). Following the 2013 and 2017 tournaments, they failed to advance to the second round three times in a row. Previously, I heard about the problems, causes, and countermeasures of Korean baseball from former coach Kim In-sik (76), the “national coach” who served as the WBC team commander in 2006 and 2009 and achieved the splendid feat of semifinals and runner-up. /Sports bureau

also has the biggest problem is the pitching power.

Ryu Hyun-jin (35, Toronto), Kim Gwang-hyun (34, SSG), 메이저사이트 and Yang Hyeon-jong (34, KIA) made their professional debuts 16 to 17 years ago. Since then, there has not been a strong starting pitcher who can take responsibility for a game.

For example, let’s say you ask coaches about high school or college pitchers, “How are they?” If so, the answer is mostly “the speed comes out at about 152 km per hour”.

I didn’t ask for ball speed. “The pitcher has good control, and he’s good at defending bunts, keeping things in check, and running the game.” He wanted this answer. And then he has to say, “He’ll be better if he gets more ball speed.”

What do you do when the ball is fast? In our national team, there were many pitchers who threw more than 150 km per hour, but the pitch was not controlled, so the opponent batters did not hit.

We need to change the way we teach and train. To improve control, you need to increase the training intensity. From the practice process, you have to throw the ball many times more than now so that you can concentrate and pitch where you want.

Also, the lower body is important for pitchers. You have to do a lot of running for this. When I went to Japan for team finishing training in the fall when I was a professional coach, it was common to see pitchers, professional and amateur, climbing up and down high stairs, hills, and mountains. This is why Japanese pitchers can throw a powerful ball despite their small size.

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