The keyword for Park Jin-man, manager of the Samsung Lions, is competition. Forming a competitive structure and seeking to strengthen the team’s power is the direction coach Park Jin-man pursues. Kim Tae-hoon (outfielder) and Kim Jae-sang (infielder), newly added this season, are stoking competition for fielders by performing well in the demonstration game.
Kim Tae-hoon, who became a new Samsung member as a free agent compensation player for Kim Sang-soo (KT), is receiving the trust of coach Park Jin-man by winning the MVP award at the Okinawa Camp in Japan. As of the 21st, he has played in 8 games and has a batting average of 3.3 3 (8 hits in 24 bats), 2 homers, 10 RBIs and 3 runs scored.
In the opening match of the demonstration game against SSG on the 13th, Kim Tae-hun got a right-handed hit from 2nd and 3rd base in the 8th inning, 1-1, and called them all home. Samsung defeated SSG 3-1 and reported its first win.
On the 15th against LG in Daegu, Kim Tae-hoon fired a superior solo arch that decided the match in the 8th inning. And on the 18th, he bombarded the opponent’s mound with 2 hits in 4 at-bats (1 home run), 4 RBIs and 1 run against KT, his former team.
He is 177 cm tall and weighs 78 kg, so although his physical condition is not excellent, his fighting spirit is impressive. He can play first base defense as well as in the outfield, so his uses are diverse.
Manager Park Jin-man said, “It’s good to see him moving energetically. I highly valued his batting ability when appointing him. I watched him closely when he played with Futures last year, and I got the impression that his level is one level higher than other players.”
In addition, he added, “Defense is the outfield as well as the first baseman due to the team’s circumstances, and it will be better because there are more opportunities for him to play games.” 스포츠토토
Kim Jae-sang, a rookie infielder known as the son of Samsung Life coach Kim In-seop, wrestling gold medalist at the 1998 Bangkok Asian Games and 2002 Busan Asian Games, also caught the eye of coach Park Jin-man.
He plays several positions in the infield, such as second baseman and shortstop in exhibition games. His batting average is only 2.5 (4 hits in 16 at-bats), 2 RBIs and 3 runs scored, but his batting talent is evaluated.
Manager Park Jin-man said, “My hitting has been recognized to some extent. However, I have to work harder on defense. As I gain experience, I will be able to relax and stabilize.”
He added, “I expect a synergistic effect through internal competition. I don’t know how it will turn out, but if I keep in good shape and perform well, I can be included in the opening entry.”
‘New Face’ Kim Tae-hoon and Kim Jae-sang are making the Lions field team stronger. It has enough qualities to become a hit product this season.