A 40-year-old KIA batting master rang a 26-year-old first baseman
Hyeong-woo (40), the KIA batting ground, touched the heart of Choi Won-joon (26). Choi Won-joon, after finishing the Hanhwa match in Gwangju on the 4th, said, “Hyung-woo senior said, ‘A little bit, this is no way to go, so I won’t go out. I think I’ll go out if my bones aren’t broken.”
Choi Hyeong-woo is a “living legend” who has played in 20-30 games in his career. It ranks 14th in the most appearances in the KBO League and 3rd in the most appearances in active play (1st place, Samsung Kang Min-ho 2190 games, 2nd place SSG Choi Jeong 2120 games). From 2008, when he started to play as a main player in earnest, to last year, 2021 (104 games) was the only season in which he played less than 110 games. 토토 He has already appeared in 86 games this season too. There are already 8 seasons in which more than 130 games have been played. In the 2015 season, he played in all games (144 games).
There is a reason Choi Won-joon is talking like that. Choi Hyeong-woo strictly adheres to the basics of being a professional. He has been playing for a long time, so he is said to have played more than 2000 games, but before the age of 25, Choi Hyeong-woo went through release and re-enlistment at Samsung and only played 6 games in the first team.
The eldest and eldest brother’s thorough professional spirit resonated with his juniors. Choi Won-joon said, “I don’t know how I played the Pohang game (3 consecutive matches between Samsung on the 1st and 3rd). I’ve been aching since Tuesday. After hearing Hyungwoo sunbaenim’s story, I wanted to have my name written on the order sheet even if it seemed impossible. I prepare for the game with that mindset.”
In fact, after Choi Won-joon was discharged in mid-June, his blows did not go the way he intended. He had a shoulder injury in the Futures League this season, and had a hard time improving his form during the hiatus. When he returned to the first team, the outfield was full unlike before, but coach Kim Jong-guk appointed Choi Won-joon as first baseman and consistently provided opportunities.
Thanks to that, the feeling of hitting has recently been on the rise. Even if he retreated with a bum hit, a lot of well-hit balls started to come out. It was a big bad news for Choi Won-joon to meet an uninvited guest in this situation. However, Choi Won-joon said, “I tried to hold the bat shorter. He also helped a lot in the training part. He managed well,” he said.
Choi Won-joon made a big success with 5 hits, 4 RBIs, 5 points, 1 walk, and 1 steal in 14 at-bats in three consecutive matches in Pohang. Even though his condition was not good, he achieved good results with the help of his surroundings and his own efforts. His good sense of hitting continued. He was also good against Hanwha on the 4th with 3 hits, 2 RBIs and 1 point in 5 at-bats. Recently, the synergy between number 9 Park Chan-ho and number 2 Kim Do-young is maximized.
Choi Won-jun said, “Coach Beom-ho Lee and the power analysis team did not sleep and made data (video and data of his batting). He has seen a lot of appearances in the 2021 season. Then and now cannot be completely the same, but they are going similarly. At that time, the batting had been established, but this year, there was an injury, so there was not enough time to establish it. Trying this and that in Commerce also worked badly. Now, as I continue to play, my hitting is being established.”