Yang Seok-hwan of the Doosan Bears is boarding a plane to Australia with the determination to make Sydney the promised land. He did not hide his desire to learn the secret technique of new manager Lee Seung-yeop, the ‘national hitter’.
Yang Seok-hwan said, “There are many changes in the team. I have to prepare well for this season, and it is important to me personally.”
Yang Seok-hwan made a turning point in his baseball life after being traded from the LG Twins to Doosan ahead of the start of the 2021 season. He wielded a fire bat with a batting average of 0.273, 28 homers, and 96 RBIs, and an OPS of 0.827, playing a decisive role in Doosan’s advancement to the Korean Series for 7 consecutive years.
Yang Seok-hwan drove the momentum and started the 2022 season fresh. In his first seven games, he appeared to carry on his performance from the previous year, showing good hitting with 8 hits in 23 at bats, 2 homers and 4 RBIs.
However, his final performance for the season fell short of expectations with a batting average of 0.244, 20 home runs and 51 RBIs with an OPS of 0.741. His batting feel was jagged as he suffered from an oblique injury in his back. Doosan was completely pushed out of the competition for rankings in the second half as key hitters, including Yang Seok-hwan, Kim Jae-hwan, and Jose Fernandez, were sluggish side by side, and accepted the worst record of 9th place for the first time since its founding.
Yang Seok-hwan gnashed his teeth throughout the winter to avoid repeating the failure of last year. As well as building his muscle flexibility, he focused on working his core through Pilates. Before leaving camp, the body is being built smoothly.
As Yang Eui-ji returned as a free agent after 4 years, he is determined to rebound as he has escaped to some extent from the intensive check on himself and Kim Jae-hwan. Yang Seok-hwan himself is in dire need of a rebound as he will acquire free agent status after the end of this season. 메이저놀이터
Yang Seok-hwan said, “Just having Jae-hwan hyung hit me in front of me is a great strength, but there are definitely parts that I look forward to when he comes to Ji-hyung.” I don’t care too much about free agency because I think it was decided in “, and I try to catch the part that I can do from moment to moment,” he emphasized.
Yang Seok-hwan’s biggest goal this season is to produce many long hits by pushing. As for the part where he pulls the ball to his body and jumps over the fence, he wants to have the ability to hit a home run even if he pushes like coach Lee Seung-yeop, as he has gained confidence.
Yang Seok-hwan said, “I didn’t have time to talk a lot with the coach because I didn’t participate in the finish camp (last November). I think there will be opportunities at the Australian spring camp in February, so I’m going to ask questions.” He hit a home run and hit it well even when he pushed it. I want to ask the manager where he can hit a long hit by pushing it and how many goals he is aiming for.”
Also, “I think dealing with the inside ball is my strength. The speed at which the body reacts to the high course is fast,” he said. If I hit a home run, I think it will confuse the opponent and make it easier to solve the game.”