7 or 8 ‘pongos’ and a darvish…not quite like the Dodgers, SD

A day before the Seoul Series, the LA Dodgers and San Diego Padres were in a different mood.

There were two schedules at the Gocheok Sky Dome in Seoul on the 19th. The Dodgers were scheduled to work out for two hours at 10 a.m. and the Padres were scheduled to work out for two hours at 2 p.m. The two teams will play the opening two games of the 2024 Major League Baseball (MLB) World Tour’s “Seoul Series” at Gocheokdome on Tuesday. It will be the first game in MLB history to be played in South Korea. The game will be the first in MLB history to be held in South Korea. The two teams will feature representatives of Korean and Japanese baseball, including Shohei Ohtani and Yoshinobu Yamamoto (Dodgers) and Ha-seong Kim, Woo-seok Go and Yuki Matsui (San Diego).

The mood before the opening day was mixed. The Dodgers were the first team to practice, with only a few players warming up on the field. Outfielder-turned-first baseman Mookie Betts took pingos (balls hit to the infielders so they could work on their defense), and Opening Day starter Tyler Glasnow made a brief appearance. Yamamoto, who started Game 2 of the Seoul Series, played catch in the outfield. That was it. He had played a special match against Team Korea the previous evening, so he was more focused on recovery than training. Shohei Ohtani, who was the center of attention from domestic and foreign reporters, was not on the field, nor were any players taking batting practice. The training session ended early.

San Diego was different. For starters, opening day starter Darvish Yu spent nearly 30 minutes on the mound doing image training. He didn’t throw a ball, but he repeated his pitching motion to get a feel for the mound. The infield drills were also tight. Seven or eight infielders took fungo after fungo. Manny Machado, Xander Bogaerts, Kim Ha-Sung, and other starters repeated their throwing motions. Catcher Luis Campusano also warmed up with a pogo stick in his catcher’s mitt, and after the fielding drills, he went into the batting cage to take some batting practice.

Fernando Tatis Jr., Jackson Merrill, Kim Ha-seong, Machado, and others received another pounding in the infield. The Dodgers played a special match against the LG Twins on the afternoon of the 18th, but unlike the Dodgers, who focused on resting, the team filled the scheduled two hours. “The team atmosphere is always good,” Kim said afterward. We see each other more than family, so we are more united.” “The players worked hard to prepare. I think we will definitely do better than last year,” he said.


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