After the Changwon NC game was canceled due to rain on the 1st, Doosan manager Lee Seung-yup said, “We are sorry that our player was involved in the incident. I apologize for disappointing baseball fans during an important tournament. I haven’t talked to the player about that part (how to proceed). We will have to make a judgment based on 토토사이트 whether the KBO investigates or not. Chung Chul-won should also cooperate with the KBO’s investigation. I haven’t talked to him yet.”
However, Lee eventually removed Chung from the first team ahead of the game against Suwon KT on February 2. While it’s a lot of pressure to go through the season without your main setup man, he decided that restraint was important at this point. Chung, along with Kim Kwang-hyun (SSG) and Lee Yong-chan (NC), are unlikely to return to the first team until the KBO’s investigation is complete.
Regardless of the outcome of the KBO’s investigation, the fact remains that the WBC’s drinking trio caused a stir. The truth is that light drinking is not a big deal unless it’s the day before a game and it’s not out of line, but public opinion is leaning towards the fact that it’s not appropriate for athletes, especially national team players, to drink alcohol in any quantity during international competitions. We can’t ignore this.
It seems unlikely that the WBC drinking trio will avoid penalties in any way. At the same time, in the case of Chung, it could potentially damage his future national team career. In fact, Kim Kwang-hyun publicly announced his retirement from the national team shortly after the WBC. Kim Kwang-hyun, 35, and Lee Yong-chan, 34, are unlikely to be selected for future international tournaments, even without this incident.
However, the situation is different for 24-year-old Jung Chul-won. He is now on the preliminary roster for the Hangzhou Asian Games in September. He has a bright future ahead of him, and if he continues to perform well, he could become a regular international pitcher. However, after the WBC disaster, the KBO established a committee to strengthen the organization’s strength, stating that it would not select players with social or legal controversies, such as drugs, assault, and match-fixing, for international competitions.
If the KBO maintains this stance, Chung could miss the Asian Games and potentially his entire international career. Of course, Chung has already completed his military service. But that aside, it’s a tragedy that a talented bullpen pitcher in his mid-20s and at the peak of his powers could have his national team career destroyed over a bar. That’s why it’s all about the moment.
We don’t know what brought Kim Kwang-hyun and Chung Chul-won to a snack bar in Akasaka, Tokyo, in the early hours of March 11. Chung didn’t bring it up during the Q&A after he issued an apology at the Changwon NC Park on March 1. It seems that high school presidential candidate Kim Kwang-hyun took the initiative, but we don’t know the exact facts. Chung simply said, “I think it was wrong to go. As for who asked me to go…” he said.