Former KBO club manager named South Korea advanced scout for World Baseball Classic

SEOUL, Sept. 20 (Yonhap) — Former Samsung Lions manager Huh Sam-young was named the South Korean national team’s forward scout on Tuesday ahead of the World Baseball Classic (WBC) of the year. next.

The Korea Baseball Organization (KBO) said Huh, 50, was the perfect fit for the job, as someone familiar with advanced statistical analysis with additional experience as an on-field manager.

Before taking over as Lions manager in September 2019, Huh, a former KBO pitcher, had been the club’s top data analyst. He was seen as an important bridge between the new age front office analysts and the old school baseball lifers in the dugout, and oversaw the establishment of the internal data analysis system.

Huh resigned as Lions skipper on August 1, on the heels of the franchise’s worst 13-game losing streak. The Lions made the playoffs in 2021, their first playoff trip in six years.

Huh’s first assignment for the national team will begin Sept. 30 in Panama with the WBC Qualifying Tournament featuring Panama, Nicaragua, Brazil, Argentina, Pakistan and New Zealand.

WBC 2023 will be the fifth edition of the tournament sanctioned by the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) in partnership with Major League Baseball (MLB).

South Korea finished third in the inaugural event in 2006 and second in 2009. The country failed to make it out of the first round in each of the following two iterations, in 2013 and 2017.

The 2023 event will run from March 9-21. South Korea will face Japan, Australia, China and a winner of the qualifying tournament in Group B. All Group B matches will be played at the Tokyo Dome in the Japanese capital from March 9-13.

The first round will feature four groups of five teams for the round robin, with the top two of those four groups advancing to the quarter-finals.

The Tokyo Dome will host the quarter-final matches of the top two countries in Groups A and B on March 15 and 16. LoanDepot Park in Miami will host the quarter-finals of the top two teams in Groups C and D on March 17-18. .

Miami will host the semifinals on March 19 and 20, followed by the championship final on March 21.

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