“I want to be more positive and gain confidence.”
Most of the players’ goals for spring camp were technical. Many of them aimed to improve their skills, such as increasing the speed of their fastballs, increasing the number of breaking balls, and improving their ball control.
However, LG Twins’ Kang Hyo-jong focused on more spiritual aspects. He found the cause of his failure in confidence last year.
Until last year’s spring camp and exhibition game, Kang Hyo-jong was one of LG’s “surge search terms.” As such, he received much attention from fans. LG manager Yeom Kyung-yeop expressed his expectation for Kang’s potential, saying, “He has a major league-class rotation speed,” and Kang has grown robustly as if he were living up to those expectations. Kang, who was selected as the fifth starting pitcher in the exhibition game, became the winning pitcher with three hits, three walks, and four strikeouts during five innings in his first start of this season against the Kiwoom Heroes on April 6 at Gocheok. He seemed to be on a roll.
That was it, however. After that, he failed to throw five innings again, and his slump accumulated. The number of innings decreased, and he allowed three hits, one walk, and two runs (one earned run) in two innings against the KIA Tigers in Jamsil on April 29, and went down to the second division after becoming a losing pitcher. He came back in October and pitched two games, but his performance did not improve. He had one win, two losses and an earned run average of 6.23 in seven games, finishing the 2023 season. He had a chance to play in the first division for the first time, but failed to catch it properly.
Kang left Incheon International Airport early for Arizona, the U.S., the site of his spring camp, on Tuesday, and talked about his confidence over the past season. “To be honest, I think the reason for my lackluster performance was my lack of confidence,” Kang said. “I pitched well in the first game and my performance continued to drop afterwards, but I got hit a lot, and I didn’t go in as I wanted, and I lost confidence because I didn’t meet the expectations of the coach and fans.” “When I joined the second tier, I was very angry with myself. It was tough because I couldn’t play on my own due to my lack of confidence.”
Kang Hyo-jong, who said he tried to find confidence by throwing consistently in the second team, said his goal is to find confidence in this spring camp as well. “I want to build up my body properly so that I can endure one season without getting injured,” Kang said. “I hope it will be a camp where I can think positively and gain a lot of confidence.” 마카오카지노
When asked if he was preparing anything technically, Kang Hyo-jong said, “I’m practicing because I want to install either a changeup or a splitter,” adding, “I’m trying to throw both, but I want to throw more changeups. Even if the robot referee fails, he said that if he passes the strike zone, he will catch a strike, so I’m going to make good use of curves.”