Right-handed pitcher Dane Dunning (29) of the Texas Rangers still has aspirations for the Taegeuk mark.
Dunning, who met at the home stadium Globe Life Field in Arlington, Texas, on the 4th (hereafter Korean time), said, “I hope to go to the next tournament. I hope you still want me then. It would be a real blessing to play for Korea,” he said, revealing his desire for the Taegeuk mark.
He has consistently expressed his desire to participate in the Korean national team. However, he was unable to appear in the last World Baseball Classic (WBC). A hip injury crippled him.
He, who underwent surgery to treat his right hip joint and labrum in September of last year, said, “I was contacted by the Korean national team right before the surgery,” and after telling the situation, “I really wanted to join the national team. Her mother would have liked it too.”
During the camp in March, he pitched in practice, and the season was also welcomed on the opening roster. He could have made it to the WBC if he was greedy, but it wasn’t easy for him.
“The WBC has intense matches in a playoff-like atmosphere. I had just had surgery and was trying to get myself back into shape. If you said you were ready, you could have been prepared. But when I thought about what I had to do at Rangers, I couldn’t risk it.”
Even if he had the will, his team, the Rangers, would not have allowed it. Choi Ji-man of the Pittsburgh Pirates was also frustrated against joining the national team against his will. He, too, agreed with this comment, saying “the team wouldn’t have allowed it.”
While preparing for the season, it was not possible to watch all of the Korean team’s games held in the early morning hours. Still, he knew what had happened and said, “Japan is a team with many talented players. It would not have been easy to face such a team on an away game,” he added, adding that it would not have been easy to overcome the atmosphere of the Tokyo Dome.
“I think the other teams in that group would have been very difficult. Japan enjoyed the home advantage. Even if you look at the other groups right away, Miami is a place where many different cultures are intertwined, so no matter who played, the crowd was divided 50/50. Even watching the match between the United States and Mexico, there were more Mexican fans. It was cool to see so many different fans. However, Korea played the game with almost one-sided cheering in Japan. It was a favorable environment for Japan. Of course, it is true that Japan is a really good team.”
Feeling the dynamic energy while watching other WBC matches held in the United States, he said, “I hope I can go to the next tournament. Until then, I hope I can play,” he said, reiterating his will to participate in the next tournament held in 2026. 온라인바카라
He went 4-8 with a 4.46 ERA over 153 1/3 innings in 19 games last season. He recorded 8 losses under the limitations of a rebuilding team, but left the possibility by playing the most innings since his debut.
The season starts in the bullpen. On the 2nd, in the 6th inning of the home game against Philadelphia, he blocked it with 3 hits and no runs in 3 innings.
While he was committed to rehab, the team has undergone tremendous changes. Martin Perez stayed with the team, accepting a qualifying offer, followed by Jacob deGrom (5 years, $185 million), Nathan Eboldi (2 years, $34 million), Jake Odorici (3 years, $29.5 million), and Andrew Heaney (1 year, $29.5 million). 12.5 million dollars a year), and many other veteran starters joined. This is the biggest reason he was pushed to the bullpen.