Lotte Giants young big gun Han Dong-hee (25) applied to the Armed Forces Sports Unit (Sangmu), but he is busy preparing for the 2024 season.월카지노
If he passes, he has to leave the team from June, but he wants to give the team as many wins as possible before joining the army.
Lotte reported on the 26th of last month that Han Dong-hee, Lee Tae-hyun and Lee Jin-ha, their players, applied to Sangmu this year.
Han Dong-hee’s application for managing director was somewhat unexpected. This is because there are not many cases where the main players of a team enlist during the season.
Han Dong-hee, the successor of Lotte’s franchise star Lee Dae-ho (a player representing the region and the team), and the current starting third baseman, is a necessary resource for the team seeking to take a leap forward under the new manager Kim Tae-hyung.
Han Dong-hee, who sought to join the national team for the 2022 Hangzhou Asian Games last year, failed to make the national team due to lackluster performance. Sangmu receives players twice every year in June and December, and Han Dong-hee missed the opportunity to apply last year while seeking to join the national team.
Han Dong-hee, who will turn 25 on June 1 this year, eventually pushed for Sangmu enlistment.
Han Dong-hee is highly likely to pass the Sangmu match, as he also played as a key player in the first division. If he passes, he only has about two months to play in the regular season.
However, Han Dong-hee sweated heavily for the two-month period. He left for California with Lee Dae-ho during the offseason and trained at a baseball academy run by former big leaguer Kang Jung-ho.
“I did a lot of weight training this winter. I practiced batting for two hours a day and nonstop all week,” Han said. “While talking with Kang Jung-ho, I received a lot of help not only on technical matters but also on mental issues. I also talked about baseball stadiums and areas where I work hard.”
He added, “It was nice to have an environment where I could concentrate on exercising because the weather was warm. I also wish I had more time.”
Han Dong-hee, who hit 17 home runs for the second consecutive year in 2020 and 2021, showed off his full potential by hitting 0.307 with 14 home runs and 65 RBIs in 129 games in 2022.
However, he suffered from poor performance in the 2023 season. He had a batting average of 0.223 with five homers and 32 RBIs in 108 games.
Coach Kim, who took the helm after the 2023 season, has given no advice for Han Dong-hee’s revival since the closing training at the end of last year.
Han Dong-hee said, “Coach Kim Tae-hyung has talked a lot since the closing training. He also told me a lot about hitting,” adding, “The coach said, ‘There is no place to go down anymore, so take it easy,’ and I was very touched.”
“I don’t think I’ve prepared well for the military,” said Kim, who was expected to become a “winning contractor.” He expressed regret over Han Dong-hee’s enlistment, saying, “I had to prepare from the beginning of last season.”
Han Dong-hee confessed, “I wanted to play more for the team. I have a lot of regrets.”
“I consulted with the club and the manager and made the best choice in the current situation. I have to go quickly.”
He focused on training for the season to help the team even for a short time.
Han Dong-hee said, “I will continue to play baseball even if I go to business. I have been to the U.S. because baseball should continue,” stressing, “Baseball is what I like the most and what I want to do the best.”
If accepted, the goal is to give the team as many wins as possible before joining the military. Han Dong-hee recalled April 2022, when he showed a good sense of hitting. At that time, he hit .427 with seven home runs and 22 RBIs for a month.
Han Dong-hee said, “I want to give as many victories as possible to the team. It would be nice to achieve as much as April 2022 for two months.”