‘Restoration of Honor’ starts in earnest

Kim Jae-hwan (36, Doosan Bears) gave up his break after the 2023 season. The fact that he already coached Lee Seung-yeop one-on-one at the Icheon wrap-up training camp last fall made headlines. Most seniors are “outsidered” in the wrap-up training, but it was a luxury for Kim, who has not played his part in the last two to three years.

However, when the finishing training session ended, Kim drew even more attention. He returned his break and flew to Los Angeles to join the Kang Jung-ho baseball academy. Kim Jae-hwan had intensive batting training for about a month until the end of December.

He received tutoring from two of the four main characters of the controversy over “Choo Kang-daeyeop.” The comment read his commitment to recover his reputation as an FA batter worth 11.5 billion won (approx. Kang also pointed out in his YouTube channel Kang Jung-ho_King Kang that Kim Jae-hwan had made good use of ground reaction (reaction force when applying force to the ground) in the past, but that kind of attitude disappeared at some point.

At the time, Kang Jung-ho said Kim Jae-hwan has become far from the trajectory of the bat, and the heating point is formed too far from the back. He couldn’t make a compact swing and couldn’t cope with breaking balls. He also pointed out the weakness of hearing the wrist while trying to respond to the breaking ball.

Such Kim Jae-hwan is off to a good start in the early part of this season. In eight games, he hit 11 for 30 with a batting average of 0.367 with one home run, six RBIs and six runs scored with an OPS of 0.965. Long hit only has two doubles and one home run, but he seems to have recovered his production of good hits and sharp hits. There are still few samples, so we need to wait and see, but he has revealed the possibility of revival. He has been hitting steadily since the game against the NC Dinos in Changwon on the 24th of last month.

The ultimate destination is also the recovery of long hit power. Kim Jae-hwan’s average has also fallen over the past year or two, but he only hit 10 home runs last year. Anyway, it comes out naturally only when a long hit hits well, and when the average comes up. In that respect, it can be interpreted as going in a desirable direction.

Not a few players went to Kang’s school last winter. Son Ah-seop went again, and Park Se-hyuk (both from the NC Dinos) trained for about two weeks. Han Dong-hee and Jung Hoon (both from Lotte Giants) also flew out. However, Han Dong-hee was out due to injury, and Jung Hoon also started off well with a batting average of 0.333 in six games.

On the other hand, Son A-seop had a batting average of 0.267 in six games, and Park Se-hyuk and Kim Hyung-joon alternately wore masks, making it difficult to maintain batting sense. He had a batting average of 0.250. Kang admitted he could not save all players. The most important thing is his ability to use Kang’s advice and apply it to his baseball career.

Son Ah-seop did so, and this year it is Kim Jae-hwan’s turn. Doosan does not have Kang Jung-ho, but it has Lee Seung-yeop, Park Heung-sik, and Kim Han-soo, who made a name for themselves. As for Kim Jae-hwan, it is also necessary to make good use of them to maintain good performance. 먹튀검증

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