It took seven months and 132 games. He even participated in a closing drill, which is usually reserved for prospects. When the 35-year-old veteran found the key to his rebound, he didn’t even have time to catch his breath before he packed his bags and boarded a plane to the United States.토토사이트
Kim Jae-hwan (35, Doosan Bears) is heating up this winter. He is coming off a career-low season after establishing himself as the centerpiece of Doosan’s batting order.
After receiving a special one-on-one tutoring session at the suggestion of coach Lee Seung-yeop, Kim Jae-hwan’s demeanor has changed somewhat from the dark look he’s been sporting all season. This is because he realized and felt a lot of things after hitting 18,000 balls for nearly a month.
“It was a good and informative time,” he told reporters before the ‘2023 Bears Gathering’ at Jamsil Stadium in Seoul on the 25th, “I felt good and gained confidence while practicing. The coach also said that it was good, but it was even better because it felt genuine.”
Despite using the KBO’s largest stadium, Jamsil Stadium, as his home base, Kim hit 44 home runs in 2018, becoming the third Jamsil home run king after teammates Kim Sang-ho (1995) and Tyrone Woods (1998). He continued to hit at least 20 homers in each of his subsequent down years and met new manager Lee Seung-yeop, with whom he had something in common: a left-handed home run king.
When Lee took over as the new manager of Doosan, which finished ninth last year, he emphasized the need for Kim to come alive in order to “rebuild the royal family,” and Kim finished the season with a .220 batting average, 10 home runs, 46 RBIs, and an OPS of 0.674 despite batting in the No. 4 spot. Despite having the third-best team ERA (3.92), Doosan had to settle for the ninth-best team batting average (0.255), and Jae-hwan was a big part of that. “I felt sorry for myself,” he said of his disappointing season.
At the end of the season, the team set a goal of “strengthening the batting lineup” as a task for next season, which was predicated on the resurgence of Kim Jae-hwan. Lee worked with Kim Jae-hwan one-on-one for special coaching. “From the first day of training, I hit seven boxes. I had muscle pain for a week. Later, I hit unconsciously,” he said.
He had never spent so much time alone with his coach in his entire career, and he had many conversations with him. “I was so grateful. “I was honored,” he said, adding, “I don’t think I’ll get better because I practiced a lot, but I think I’ll get better because I practiced in a good way. I have my own expectations.
As for the phrase “changing the batting form,” he drew a line in the sand. “Rather than changing, I felt a lot of things like, ‘I used to practice like this,’ and ‘I learned a bad form,'” said Kim Jae-hwan. “The training period was three weeks, but I learned to hit for almost a year. I got the feel of it. I don’t have anything else to do but watch my kids,” he said, indicating that he would continue training to maintain his senses.
“I’m actually flying to the U.S. this evening. “I’m actually flying to the U.S. this evening,” he announced. December through mid-January is the inactive season for professional baseball. It’s a time of year when baseball players can relax and take it easy. However, Kim Jae-hwan gave up his rest to fly to the United States for training. He had originally planned to leave sooner, but delayed as long as possible to meet his fans. “The sooner I do it, the more time I’ll have for trial and error,” he explained.
There’s a long time until the season, and there’s no telling what will happen in the meantime, but Kim says, “It’s impossible to be sure, but I feel so good. I shouldn’t say that I think I’ll do well in the season, but I feel good. It gives me confidence.” “There’s a lot of time left to say anything definitive. I can’t go into camp with the same form. I’m more relaxed about it because there will be more trials and errors in between, and maybe it will get better.”
Behind the goal of rebounding is the team. “Doosan is a team that looks at the top of the standings no matter what,” said Kim Jae-hwan. I think every year will be a season of opportunity,” he said, adding that the team is determined to reach even higher next season.