“Chan Ho-ya, it’s still far away, empty your mind” 2002 2nd baseman GG’s old age…KIA’s special shortstop’s ‘dedication’

‘Tigers Express’ Park Chan-ho (28) challenges to win the Golden Glove for the first time in his life. Until the 25th, 107 hits in 360 at-bats in 102 games, 먹튀검증 batting average 0.297, 2 homers, 39 RBIs, 55 points, 22 stolen bases, slugging percentage, 0.367 on-base percentage, 0.356 OPS, 0.723 scoring batting average, 0.337.

He is no longer a weak-hitting defensive shortstop. It is evaluated that he has completely opened his eyes to hitting since last year. He fixed the weakness in his left shoulder and leg opening before he hit the hitting point, and his ability to attack breaking balls has improved considerably. It is evaluated that the movement of the upper and lower body as if they are playing separately has disappeared.

However, director Kim Jong-kook showed his old age. Ahead of the Hanwha match in Gwangju on the 25th, “We are still far away. There are 43 games left (as of just before the game on the 25th). You never know what might happen in the meantime. No one knows until the Asian Games are over. If you pay too much attention to it, it may not go well. I still have to empty my mind and focus only on the team.”

As you know, director Kim Jong-kook is also a Golden Globe. In fact, like Park Chan-ho, he spent his youth as a defensive infielder, and in 2002, he received the second baseman Golden Glove and faced a turning point in his baseball life. At that time, coach Kim Jong-guk played in all 133 games and made a big success with a batting average of 0.287, 8 home runs, 53 RBIs, 95 points and 50 stolen bases. He played in all games based on solid defense and became a golden glover by winning the stealing king.

Rather, coach Kim predicted that Park Chan-ho would be conscious of participating in all games. Park Chan-ho is the only player who played in all 102 KIA games until the 25th. It is also possible to play in all matches for the first time in his career. Coach Kim said, “There will be pride in participating full-time. He is playing full-time, but if he is having a hard time, he has to adjust his stamina by replacing in the second half.”

Batting, defense, Golden Gloves, and participating in all matches are all physical strength. If the physical strength is not supported, everything collapses. Fortunately, Park Chan-ho is no longer the physically weak Park Chan-ho of previous years. He should be having a great 2023 season, considering he didn’t train much during spring camp due to wrist pain.

However, there seems to be no reason for director Kim to be so old-fashioned. Park Chan-ho said in an interview with KBS N Sports broadcasters after his final blow at Suwon KT on the 23rd that he was not conscious of the Golden Glove at all. Those who have watched all of Chan-ho Park’s play this season will easily feel the team’s first mind. On the 25th, in the 5th inning against Hanwha in Gwangju, in a no-out situation, he did not spare his body at second base and dug into the home. It was a score of thousand gold that had a decisive influence on the flow of the game. 

Park Chan-ho said, “I am happy that the team has continued its winning streak. He has recently been in good batting condition, has set up his own batting plan, and is actively participating in each at-bat. He is personally aiming to appear in all games this season. However, he wants to help the team win, not just focus on personal goals. Then he thinks that the record will naturally follow.”


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