“I want to make Jihoon the best stealer.”

The KBO League will face a huge change in 2024. Neither the implementation nor the preparation team is busy. There is a relatively clear part. “You have to run to live.” SSG also knows. Cho Dong-hwa (43), the operation coach, and Lim Jae-hyun (33), the base running coach, are fiercely preparing.

Coach Cho Dong-hwa said, “From a leader’s point of view, we have no choice but to respond sensitively to changes in the system. You’ll have to know, but the base is getting bigger and there are restrictions on the building system. Peach clock is also in place. Conditions have been created to play.”

“SSG has been the ‘team of home runs’ since the past. The running side was slightly smaller. This year, it has to be different. The opportunity has come. We have to play actively,” he stressed.

Coach Lim Jae-hyun also said, “I’m working hard to prepare. Power analysis sends me various data. Coach Cho Dong-hwa and I analyze together. There is more to add. Immediately pass it on to the players. The players are also accepting it well.”

“I was with Futures, and this is my first time in the first team. I’m not that old. Still, the players respect me and follow me well. Thank you. I’m working hard to prepare. There are complicated aspects to changing the system. Still, I have to be prepared. That’s my job,” he said.

For now, the automatic pitching judgment system (ABS) will be introduced this year. It is the so-called robot referee. There is also a pitch clock. The player has to throw the ball within 18 seconds when there is no runner, or 23 seconds when there is a runner. For now, the ball will be applied on a trial basis in the first half.

At the same time, the number of checks was limited. It can be done up to three times. When checking the fourth time, it is a balk if the team fails to put out the ball. The size of bases 1-3 will also increase from 15 inches (38.1 centimeters) to 18 inches (45.73 centimeters). The distance between bases has decreased. The distance between bases 1-2 and 2-3 will decrease 4.5 inches (11.43 centimeters), and between first and third bases from home will decrease by 3 inches (7.62 centimeters).

The pitcher cannot check as much as he wants, and there is a time limit, so there is a limit to controlling runners on the mound. The distance between bases has also shortened. There is no reason not to run at this rate.

First of all, Jihoon Choi is considered one of the first basemen in SSG. He ranks first in the team with 21 stolen bases last year. He also made 26 stolen bases in 2021 and 31 stolen bases in 2022. Naturally, the team has high expectations.

“I told Ji-hoon, ‘You can make 40 this time. Let’s become the stealer king.’ Do I have to say that I’m seducing him? He’s the best in the league when it comes to base running. I think it’s possible with just a little effort. He’s also a player that the team must run to.”

“We also need a pinch runner specialist. There are several players. It is not an exaggeration to say that stealing a base is one point in the final minutes of the game. If necessary, we will order the team to go from second to third,” he added.

Coach Lim Jae-hyun said, “First of all, I am grateful to the coach. I reported on the running of the base with coach Cho Dong-hwa. He readily accepted the request. He said, “Go for it.” So I am working harder to prepare for it,” in expressing gratitude to the coach. 꽁머니환전

Coach Lee wants to break away from the home run team right away. There are still many home run hitters, but the other side is also needed. In the past, Jung Geun-woo and others showed off splendid foot baseball. It was one of the driving forces of the “dynasties.”

The time has come to recreate that image. It’s as if it’s on the floor. If players prepare properly and implement it, it can be a “complete baseball” in which home runs and feet are in harmony.

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