It is not unusual even for a legendary pitcher. This is the story of Song Chan-eui (24, LG), who was the home run king of the exhibition games.
Song Chan-eui received a lot of attention last season when he hit 6 home runs in 12 games during the exhibition game. However, he fell short of expectations with a batting average of 0.236 (17 hits in 72 at-bats), 3 homers, 10 RBIs, and an OPS of 0.699 in 33 games in the regular season.
Ahead of this season, 메이저사이트he joined Geelong Korea and played games to gain experience. It spewed fireballs. He achieved a batting average of 0.324 (33 hits in 102 at-bats), 7 homers, 24 RBIs, and an OPS of 0.979 in 28 games in the Australian Professional Baseball League.
Song Chan-eui boarded the plane again a week after returning from Australia. This is because he was named to the Arizona spring camp roster in the United States. And under the guidance of hitting coach Lee Ho-jun, he is spinning the bat hard.
Song Chan-eui’s offensive power was also acknowledged by Goo Dae-seong, who is ‘invincible’. Koo Dae-seong is a legend in the KBO League with a career record of 67 wins, 71 losses, 214 saves, and an average ERA of 2.85 with 18 holds. He briefly returned to pitching at the request of Geelong Korea coach Lee Byeong-gyu, and ended the season with 2 runs in 2⅓ innings in 3 games. At the age of 53, he became the oldest player in the Australian league to take the mound.
At this time, he ate rice with the Geelong Korean players for a while, and Song Chan-eui caught his eye. There was already a day when Goo Dae-sung left a deep impression on me. On the 14th of last month, Song Chan-eui hit a two-run home run in the match against Oakland Tuatara when he pitched the first pitch. Continuing the momentum, the Australian league was successfully finished.
Koo Dae-seong, whom he met at Doosan Australia’s spring camp recently, brought up the name of Song Chan-eui. He did not hold back his praise, saying, “The level of hitting is different. I think it can be used in the first team.”
Even in the eyes of former pitcher Koo Dae-seong, he seems to have looked different. He repeatedly praised it, saying, “(The hitting) is one step higher.”
This season, LG makes a fresh start with Yeom Kyung-yeop. Director Yeom Kyung-yeop intends to give Song Chan-eui a chance. He plans to play first or second base in the bottom half of the lineup. For Song Chan-ui, a golden opportunity to show his potential has come. Attention is focusing on whether Song Chan-eui, who has been highly praised by the legendary pitcher, will be able to show off his potential this season.