“I think we need to increase the proportion of designated hitters for the time being.”
스포츠토토The Hanwha Eagles, led by coach Won-ho Choi, lost 3-4 due to a cold game due to heavy rain in the 2023 Shinhan Bank SOL KBO League home game against the LG Twins held at Hanwha Life Eagles Park in Daejeon on the 15th. After giving up the first run, they succeeded in coming back from a 3-1 lead, but first baseman Chae Eun-seong’s error in the top of the third inning sent out leader Park Hae-min, giving them an excuse to chase.
It was Chae Eun-seong, who had often looked disappointing in defense recently. Coach Choi Won-ho said, “Eun-seong is also very tired. I think we need to increase the proportion of designated hitters for the time being. His movements have become a lot slower. When his body gets tired, his quickness and reaction speed are worse than I thought.”
Not only in defense, but also in batting, he is not showing the explosive power he had at the beginning of the season. Chae Eun-seong, who had a batting average of 0.291 in the first half, slowed to a batting average of 0.225 in the second half. His batting average was .221 in August, and he’s hitting .214 in September, which is half way through.
Coach Choi said, “Even when Eun-seong was at LG, there were quite a few cases where he was left out when things weren’t going well. But he’s playing at full capacity this season, so he’s probably going to have a hard time. It was especially hot this year, and he’s okay, but I saw a lack of movement in defense. He explained, “I’m thinking that I might need to increase the frequency of designated hitters because I’m becoming dull.”
At the end of the season, it is natural that his physical condition is not perfect. Coach Choi Won-ho said, “None of the players who go out to the pool are in 100% condition. Their hamstrings and wrists are a little tight and things like that,” and praised them, saying, “Still, the fact that they didn’t fall off and played so far is amazing.”
He is also considering the call-up of Kim In-hwan, who will fill in for first base. Kim In-hwan was expunged from the first team entry list on August 27th last month, and has been posting good records in the Futures League since then. Coach Choi Won-ho said of Kim In-hwan, “I’ve received reports that he’s improving recently, so he’s watching his timing.”