“Yang Eui-ji and Lee Ji-young refuse to cover Japan, support Korea”… 10 years of nurturing Korean catchers, Japanese coach’s conviction

Serizawa Yuji (55), a Doosan battery coach who has trained national catchers for over 10 years in the KBO League, said that he would support Korea, not his home country Japan, at the WBC (World Baseball Classic) in March. made a statement. 

Coach Serizawa, who was the SSG 2nd battery coach last year, was appointed as the battery coach of the newly launched Doosan Lee Seung-yeop this year. Serizawa coaches national team catcher Yang Eui-ji, who returned from the spring camp in Sydney, Australia, Ahn Seung-han, Jang Seung-hyun, Park Yoo-yeon, and newcomer Yoon Jun-ho. 

Coach Serizawa, who we met on the field, said, “As expected, Doosan players are smart. For example, just by looking at the catch ball, you can feel that many players, such as Heo Gyeong-min and Yang Eui-ji, think and act in various ways.” He is satisfied with his life at Doosan. 

Coach Serizawa made a relationship with Korean baseball in 2010 when he served as SK 1st team battery coach, the predecessor of SSG. Afterwards, from 2012 to 2014, he was in charge of the battery coach of the Samsung Dynasty, and in recognition of his ability, he also took charge of battery guidance at LG and SSG. For over 10 years, coach Serizawa has coached high-level catchers such as Jin Gap-yong, Park Gyeong-wan, Yoo Gang-nam, and Lee Ji-young. In this WBC, Yang Eui-ji and Lee Ji-young, who have a relationship with coach Serizawa, were also named in the catcher’s entry. 

Korea was placed in the same group as Japan at the WBC in March. In response, the Japanese media attempted to identify the Korean national team’s catchers through coach Serizawa, an expert in Korean baseball. However, coach Serizawa refused after much thought.

Coach Serizawa said, “Isn’t the catcher of the Korean national team Yang Eui-ji and Lee Ji-young? To be honest, there was a request from Japan to cover the WBC, but I decided that I couldn’t talk about it, so I declined. My pupils Yang Eui-ji and Lee Ji-young are both catchers for the national team, so I honestly support Korea.”  슬롯사이트

He said, “I spent more than 10 years in Korea, so I don’t know more about Japanese players. And now I belong to Doosan. “I am in a position to receive a salary from Doosan,” he said. “That is why Japan does not support me very much. This is a very honest story.” 

If so, can the secret plan for the war against Japan be revealed to Korean reporters? Coach Serizawa said, “Actually, there is not much interest in me in Japan. I’m working in Korea, so I can say as much as I can,” he said. “The key point is Shohei Ohtani (LA Angels). However, since it is the beginning of the season, it is expected that Korean batters will somehow knock out his fastball. In the end, it’s a battle to see if you can hit a breaking ball.” 

I could also hear advice from Yang Eui-ji, who is the main catcher for the national team. Coach Serizawa said, “It is expected that Yang Eui-ji’s mind will be very complicated. He must have thought that he should pay off the debt of the Tokyo Olympics. Also, as the center of Doosan, there seems to be a burden of having to do well in the season,” he said. “That’s why I support Yang Eui-ji. The weight will be heavy, but I hope you overcome it well.” 

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