“I don’t go and talk first.”
Catcher Park Dong-won preparing for the 2023 season at LG. He is an offensive and defensive catcher with a long hitting power capable of hitting 20 homers, the best defense in the league, and the ability to keep runners in check at the same time. There is another potential to add here. It is communication.
Communication skills are very important to catchers. This is because he has to work with pitchers and infielders all year round and trade signs. Even the slightest shaken in a very basic part can lead to defeat. So spring camp is a place of communication for catchers.
It is also a case where Park Dong-won’s communication skills improved as he gained experience. He said that what’s special about him is that he doesn’t approach the pitchers first. A catcher who is good at communication won’t come? At first glance, it seems strange, but after hearing his story at the San Francisco Giants Stadium in Scottsdale, Arizona, during LG’s spring camp, I understood.
Park Dong-won said, “Now is not the time for me to go first and talk. Seriously, I can’t listen to that pitcher. I’m not 100% sure what I’m saying, but in that case, the player isn’t ready to listen. If I talk to the pitchers first, the pitchers may feel sad.”
The key to Park Dong-won’s story is that when a pitcher approaches you, you have to talk and listen at that timing to communicate with each other, and the pitcher is often ready to accept what you say. So Park Dong-won said, “Wait until you come.”
Park Dong-won fell into the study of LG pitchers in order to communicate properly when pitchers approached. “When the pitchers approach first, I tend to make it clear. If the answer is ambiguous, it will confuse each other. So, you have to study pitchers. That way you can listen well.” 슬롯사이트
However, Park Dong-won said that what he tells the pitchers is not 100% correct. He, too, is ready to listen and accept what pitchers and other teammates have to say. He said, “I am not telling you to do this or that. I’m just saying that it would be nice to do this.”
There was an LG pitcher who approached Park Dong-won first. Right-hander Lim Chan-gyu, who is competing to start this season. He did not qualify for the 2022-2023 free agent market, so his performance this season is a very important pitcher. Park Dong-won said, “Recently, Chan-gyu asked me something, so I told him something.”