Choo Shin-soo (41, SSG Landers) appeared on a Korean radio broadcast in the United States on the 21st (Korean time) and the direct remarks toward Korean baseball that he poured out are a hot topic every day. In particular, the remarks about An Woo-jin (24, Kiwoom Heroes), who failed to participate in the 2023 World Baseball Classic (WBC) national team due to controversy over school violence in high school, aroused strong opposition from fans. In addition, retired player Ahn Young-myeong (39) posted an article on social media that seemed to defend Choo Shin-soo, creating a new controversy.
Of course, Shin-soo Choo’s remarks cannot escape criticism for not being meticulous. An Woo-jin’s problem of school violence is still an ongoing issue that has not been completely resolved. Therefore, it is pointed out that instead of lamenting the future of individuals with exceptional skills, they had to think of other juniors who would suffer from seeing the victims of school violence wearing the Taegeuk mark.
However, on the other hand, it is evaluated that the rigid atmosphere of the Korean baseball world has been revealed through this incident. Regardless of whether it was appropriate or not, Choo Shin-soo expressed regret at the silent seniors, saying, “Seniors have to step up, but no one steps forward.
Ahn Young-myeong also said, “Apart from the interview content, is there anyone who has directly talked about domestic baseball and the current situation like this?” He pinched the reality of not being able to honestly express his opinion.
In fact, it is pointed out that the reason seniors save their words is that when they speak directly about sensitive issues, they cannot ignore the atmosphere in which they often discuss ‘level’, reveal the past, and question ‘qualification’. The fact that Ahn Young-myeong deleted her own post immediately after it became controversial proves this. For this reason, seniors used to express their opinions only on issues that did not burden much, such as the skills of juniors or the level of the league. 메이저사이트
Coincidentally, Choo Shin-soo was a representative figure who tried to change this atmosphere. Returning to Korea in 2021, he used his position as a so-called ‘class’ player with 16 years of experience in the US Major League to voice the reality of domestic baseball and players. Thanks to this, the facilities of the visiting team at Jamsil Baseball Stadium have been improved, and the number of players who express their opinions about the poor environment is gradually increasing.
Because of this, Choo Shin-soo’s remarks and strong headwinds have made communication in the baseball world more rigid and voices saying that the communication between seniors and juniors should not be blocked. The baseball world expects that many ‘real seniors’ who will spare no honest opinions for Korean baseball with a more meticulous and broader perspective will come out with this work as a ‘teacher on the other hand’.