Ten KBO league teams announced their entries one day before the opening. Kim Seo-hyun (Hanwha Eagles), who was ranked first overall, was excluded, but 14 newcomers were included.
The entries announced on the 1st include Rowoon Lee, Youngjin Song (Lee Sang SSG Landers), Kunhee Kim, Dongheon Kim (Lee Sang Kiwoom Heroes), Myeong-Geun Park (LG Twins), Hyun-In Ryu, Min-Seok Son (KT Wiz), Do-Gyu Kwak (KIA Tigers), Ho-Seong Lee (Samsung Lions). ) Moon Hyun-bin (Hanwha Eagles) was registered. Lotte included three players, including Kim Min-seok in the first round, Lee Jin-ha, and Lee Tae-yeon.
Last year, 11 rookies entered the opening roster, the highest number since 2013. This year has far surpassed that. KIA Yun Young-cheol, the second-place finisher, was also dropped as the 5th starter and is expected to be in the 1st team on the day of pitching. However, Hanwha Kim Seo-hyun, who throws a 158 km/h fastball as the first overall, is expected to come up only after being refined in the 2nd division.
Most of the key players on each team will be in the opening game. Yang Eui-ji, who moved to NC Dinos in 2019 and returned to Doosan, will stand in the Jamsil opening game for the first time in five years. Major free agent transfers such as Lotte catcher Yoo Gang-nam, LG catcher Park Dong-won, NC catcher Park Se-hyuk, Hanwha outfielder Chae Eun-seong스포츠토토, Lotte infielder Noh Jin-hyuk, and kt infielder Kim Sang-soo were also included in the opening entry.
Lotte starts the season with three catchers, not only Yoo Kang-nam, but also Jung Bo-geun and Ji Ji-wan. Samsung, which left Kim Jae-seong due to injury, also chose a three-man catcher system by including Lee Byung-hun in Kang Min-ho and Kim Tae-goon. Doosan, which is highly competitive in the outfield, included Lohas, Kim Jae-hwan, Su-bin Jeong, Kim In-tae, Jo Su-haeng, and Yang Chan-yeol.
However, LG closer Ko Woo-seok, who could not pitch in the 2023 World Baseball Classic (WBC) due to shoulder pain, and KIA outfielder Na Seong-beom, who suffered a calf injury after returning to his team, were omitted. Among foreign players, Dylan Pyle (Doosan), Eni Romero (SSG), and Taylor Widener (NC) will start the season in the rehabilitation group. KT Wiz Bo Shulseo was omitted from the opening entry, but comes up on the starting day.
SSG ace Kim Gwang-hyun challenges to 150 wins in his personal career in the KBO League. If you win the opening game of the 2023 KBO League against the KIA Tigers at SSG Landers Field in Incheon on the 1st, you will become the 5th player in history after Song Jin-woo (210 wins), Jung Min-cheol (161 wins), Yang Hyeon-jong (159 wins), and Lee Kang-cheol (152 wins). Reaches the 150 win mark.
Samsung closer Oh Seung-hwan is on the verge of making 500 saves in Korea, the U.S. and Japan. Oh Seung-hwan recorded 370 saves in the KBO League, 80 saves in Japan, and 42 saves in the Major League. KIA Choi Hyeong-woo, who posted 1461 RBIs until last year, is on the verge of breaking through the personal career RBIs (1498 RBIs) in the KBO League owned by Doosan Bears coach Lee Seung-yeop.
According to KBO, all online tickets for the five stadiums have been sold, excluding on-site sales. The largest number of spectators ever for an opening game was 114,021 in 2019. If all tickets for the five games are sold, it will set a record for second place in history with 105,450 people.