Son As-seop (35-NC Dinos) wears the golden glove as a designated hitter. He didn’t forget to thank Kang Jeong-ho for his offseason support.
Son won the Golden Glove in the designated hitter category at the 2023 Shinhan Bank SOL KBO Golden Glove Award Ceremony held at the COEX Auditorium in Samseong-dong, Seoul on Nov. 11.
Son has won five Golden Gloves in his career (2011-14, 2017). All five were as an outfielder with the Lotte Giants.헤라카지노
This time was different. In an NC uniform, he was nominated in the designated hitter category. This is because he didn’t meet the criteria of playing more than 720 innings to be considered for the outfield.
After winning his first batting title this season with a .339 batting average, Son won his first golden glove in the designated hitter category.
After the ceremony, Son said, “I really prepared this season and was desperate. When I was younger, I thought that if I had a bad season, I would have another chance, and I thought of it as a temporary slump, but now that I’m not so young, I have a sense of crisis and there are a lot of stories about the aging curve. Those things made me think that I should be a little more alert and show it again this season, and I think it was an opportunity.”
He is especially grateful to Kang Jeong-ho. During the off-season, he trained at Jung Ho Kang’s academy in Los Angeles, USA, and changed his swing. It paid off as he became a batting champion.
Son said, “I think I prepared really hard and desperately with (Kang) Jung-ho. I kept my acceptance speech short, so I didn’t get to talk about my manager and hitting coach. The same goes for Jung-ho. I’m sure they’re disappointed, but I want to thank them even now. I really struggled with Jung-ho,” he said.
He continued, “We’re doing it again this time, but it’s shorter. I think he’s going to say, ‘Are you being cocky again? I’m sure he’ll say, ‘I’m going to lose my mind again’ because the period is shorter. For club reasons, I’m the captain, so I can’t miss club events, so I’m going to be late. I have to double or triple my preparation as I go late,” he emphasized.
On what makes the Kang Jeong-ho School different, Son said, “The details are different. He explains exactly why I need to train in this way and why I need to have this swing mechanic, so it becomes easier to accept and gives me the direction I need to go. So far, if I had to go back, Jung-ho showed me a shortcut, which helped me a lot, and I was able to find my mechanics.”
The experience in the major leagues seemed to be a big one. Son said, “Jung-ho also realized something when he met good pitchers in the United States. He realized that he couldn’t survive by doing what he did in Korea, and he studied a lot of hitting by looking for hidden masters.” “He told me the theories that he thought worked best for him. But I’m not as good as he is. He still has a lot more to teach me, but I couldn’t digest it,” he said honestly.
Son will leave the country on January 15th of next year and will be in the country for 30 days before heading to Arizona (NC Spring Camp).
“It will be about 10 days shorter than last year. This is also a big time. A month is a short time, and I’m anxious about having 10 days less. However, we did it once last year, so I think we can go faster than last year in terms of progress,” he said.