“Ayu, don’t look (laugh).”
On the 23rd (Korean time), Kino Sports Complex in Tucson, Arizona, USA. Hwang Dae-in (27, KIA Tigers), who met with the reporters, hurriedly hid his hands behind his back.
His hands were not intact. It was peeling in places and had calluses. His missing thumb nails did not grow to the point where his inner flesh was visible. Hwang Dae-in said, “Every baseball player is like that. There are older brothers who are worse than me.”
Hwang Dae-in was KIA’s full-time first baseman in the 2022 season. After joining KIA in the 2nd round of the 2015 rookie draft, he played a backup role for a long time. Designated as a full-time first baseman by coach Kim Jong-guk last year, he posted a career-high batting average of .256 (122 hits in 476 at-bats), 14 homers and 91 RBIs, and an OPS (on-base percentage + slugging percentage) of 0.716 in 129 games.
However, Hwang Dae-in is not satisfied. He looked back and said, “There were as many failures as there were many runs. There were good scenes, but I felt myself lacking a lot.” He added, “The defense is always disappointing. In terms of hitting, there were no long hits in the center field or right field. There were few home runs.” 토토사이트
Contrary to his cold evaluation, Hwang Dae-in has become one of the indispensable players for the KIA. KIA coach Kim Jong-guk expressed great satisfaction, saying, “Hwang Dae-in is the mood maker of our team.” Regarding this, Hwang Dae-in smiled, saying, “If I don’t do this myself, it’s not fun.” Hwang Dae-in, who identified his propensity as ENFP among the MBTI test types, said, “Actually, I was passive. So, when I was younger, I always noticed and couldn’t play my baseball.” Also changed from I to E.”
Hwang Dae-in, who has experienced a full-time season, has become more important to play this season. He might cement his place as the starting first baseman, or he could find himself back in the competitive niche. Hwang Dae-in said, “I’m not the main player yet. Of course I have to compete.” “I learned how to manage my stamina and keep the flow while playing full-time last year. The opposing pitcher will also be able to remember which pitcher is this year. I think I will get better grades,” he predicted. Also, “At the beginning of last year’s season, I didn’t want the situation to come to me. But at some point, the coach said, ‘Think about it. Even if you can’t do it, there are many good players behind you.’ It seems,” he said. Hwang Dae-in pledged, “This year’s goal is to show a better appearance than last year.”