“Even if I hit four hits, I feel like I’m completely ruined if I make an error…” Kang Seung-ho’s obsessive-compulsive second baseman is a prerequisite for the Bears

For Doosan Bears infielder Kang Seung-ho, the 2023 season was full of disappointment. He set his goal of becoming a starting second baseman with the announcement of a 20-home run challenge for the season, but Kang had to accept the report card, which was somewhat disappointing than expected. It was difficult to say that he firmly established himself as a starting second baseman.헤라카지노

Above all, season errors (16 errors) were the highest number in his career. Defensive stability was a necessary factor for Kang Seung-ho, as he had to take on one axis of the keystone combination. He tended to miss easy hits often rather than difficult ones. Rather, the balls that were not easy to bound often led to scenes that often led to heavy rain, which made him exclaim.

Regarding Kang Seung-ho’s defense of the second baseman, Doosan defensive coach Cho Sung-hwan pointed out, “Too much desire for defense can also have an adverse effect.”

“Defending second base is more difficult than it looks, as we have more good left-handed hitters in the league,” coach Cho said. “Seung-ho must also have trauma as he feels that if he misses even one point because he is more greedy for defense than batting, his day will be completely ruined. It is poison that he must catch all the balls that fly towards him perfectly. Rather, difficult balls come out in comfortable and natural motions, but vague balls flying head-on lead to anxious results as to whether he or she is obsessive about not making mistakes. We will also consider how to improve such areas.”

Kang also agreed with coach Cho. “For example, even if I make four hits in a game on that day, if I make a defensive mistake, I feel like I’m doomed,” Kang said in a recent meeting at Jamsil Stadium. “I find it hard to shake it off while blaming myself tremendously. I think I felt more pressure now that I came to the Doosan Bears, which is considered to have good defense. I’m going to try to shake off that obsession this season,” he nodded.

Even at bat, Kang did not have satisfactory performance on his own. Kang appeared in 127 games in the 2023 season and recorded a batting average of 0.265/ 111 hits/ seven homers/ 59 RBIs/ a slugging percentage of 0.316/ a slugging percentage.

“Personally, I felt that the 2023 season was worse than the 2022 season in both offense and defense. In the second half of the year, I couldn’t even participate in the closing camp due to knee injury. He even declared a bid for 20 home runs, but as trial and error drag on, he lost confidence and felt rushed. Now, I have decided not to compromise and not to weaken. Defending is defense, but I have to make sure that I will hit hard this year,” Kang said with a short sigh.

Kang Seung-ho is one of the teammates who most welcomed the news that captain Yang Seok-hwan will remain in his team. Yang acquired a free agent qualification this winter and stamped his remaining title for a total of 7.8 billion won (6.37 million U.S. dollars) for 4+2 years.

“I thought it was something to celebrate because I felt that he was a great brother and led by example in the field. There is a clear difference in the atmosphere of the dugout without (Yang) Seok-hwan. It’s not my personality, but I’ll try my best to help Seok-hwan as much as possible. I’m going to go to camp and discuss this season’s ceremony with Seok-hwan. The heart ceremony was too drunk on himself, so I copied him, but he didn’t even look at me (laughs). I’ll think about it in a different direction,” he said with a smile.

Kang will have to stage fierce internal competition with his teammates including Lee Yoo-chan, Park Gye-beom and Oh Myung-jin at the upcoming spring camp in Australia. Kang stressed that he will win the competition with younger teammates based on his extensive experience in the primary league.

“I think I’m more concerned about the competition with my juniors this season because I didn’t establish myself as the main second baseman for sure. I’ve been strong year after year, but I have to work harder this year. Competition is familiar. I’ll try my best not to lose opportunities and seats to motivate my juniors. More than anything else, I’ll do my best to make a good season among the players so that they can rise to a much higher rank than No. 5 this season,” Kang said.

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