Samsung Lions infielder Lee Jae-hyun has grown more responsible this year. This is because Kim Sang-soo transferred to KT Wiz and became the starting shortstop.
Lee Jae-hyun, who wore the number 15 last year, will wear the number 7 symbolizing Korea’s best shortstop starting this year. Director Park Jin-man, who was praised as the ‘national shortstop’ during his active career, has high expectations for Lee Jae-hyun to the extent that he will give one-on-one guidance.
Lee Jae-hyun, who met with reporters ahead of the Daegu Hanwha match on the 28th, the final match of the exhibition game, said, “It’s a demonstration game, but I think it’s good because there are many winning games. Personally, there are still many areas to improve. In particular, I want to hit more hits.”
When asked how he felt about receiving direct guidance from coach Park Jin-man, he replied, “I’ve seen a lot of the coach’s play since I was young, and the coach who I used as a role model taught me directly, so it was more helpful to me.” He also added, “I continue to train as the coach taught me, and if he goes out a lot in the game, the part he trained will come out more in the game.” 먹튀검증
He started as third baseman at number 7 in the regular season opening game last year (against Suwon KT on April 2), and is scheduled to play as the starting shortstop in the regular season opening game against NC at Daegu Samsung Lions Park on the 2nd of next month. “I don’t know what’s going to happen,” he said, humbling himself. “Last year, I started as a third baseman, and it would be nice if I could go (as a starting shortstop).”
Samsung, which was classified as a low-ranking power this season, continued its high-flying streak, winning 8 consecutive victories in demonstration games. Many fans visited Daegu Samsung Lions Park to watch Park Jin-man-ho’s winning baseball game. Lee Jae-hyun said that he gained strength thanks to the fans’ passionate support. “Last year, there were almost no spectators for the exhibition game, but this year, it was amazing that many came.
To Lee Jae-hyun, Kim Ji-chan is like an older brother. When Kim Ji-chan took a break for a while due to a left hamstring injury, he said, “I hope he will come back as soon as possible,” and he looked forward to Kim Ji-chan’s comeback. Kim Ji-chan, who shook off his injury, joined the first team from the 27th and formed a keystone combination again. Lee Jae-hyun smiled brightly, saying, “Because Ji-chan hyung is so close, I wanted him to come back as soon as possible and be with us. I was really happy that he returned sooner than expected.”
I was curious about Lee Jae-hyeon’s goal this season, who became the starting shortstop. He said, “My goal is to play more than 100 games as a starting shortstop rather than record parts.” In order to handle long-term races well, stamina must be supported. Jaehyun Lee knows this well. He said, “He eats supplements and nutritional supplements and stretches harder. He intends to continue weight training throughout the season”.
Lee Jae-hyun, who hit the most homers among rookie hitters last year, expressed his desire to become a large shortstop with solid defense and long hitting power like Kim Ha-seong (San Diego Padres). It would be good to expect his first double-digit home run in his debut this season. In response, he said, “I don’t think it will come out if I’m greedy for home runs.”