Joining ‘5 billion’ shortstop, starting candidate → backup… Park Seung-wook’s unchanging mindset

“Always prepared”

Park Seung-wook, who was nominated by SK Wyverns (now SSG Landers) in the 2012 rookie draft, went through KT Wiz and wore a Lotte Giants uniform prior to last season. Lotte, which had broken up with Dixon Machado at the time, was eager to collect resources to serve as the center infield, and Park Seung-wook, who had been released from KT, made a fresh start at Lotte through a joining test.

Park Seung-wook not only got on the roster for the opening game after sweating all winter, but also made his name in the lineup for the opening game held at Gocheok Sky Dome. And he played an active role in 5 at-bats, 2 hits, 2 RBIs and 1 run, leading Lotte to victory. Along with Lee Hak-joo, he was in charge of Lotte’s infield, participating in 100 games and recording 45 hits, 1 home run and 8 stolen bases with a batting average of 0.227.

Park Seung-wook’s position has obviously narrowed as Lotte signed a 4-year, 5 billion won contract with Roh Jin-hyeok through the free agent (FA) market prior to this season. However, since Park Seung-wook is a ‘backup’, he is sweating even more. And while he doesn’t have a large sample, he’s been doing great this season with a .625 OPS of 1.375 with five hits and one stolen base in seven games.

Park Seung-wook, whom we met prior to the KIA Tigers match on the 18th, smiled at the words, “I feel good,” and said, “Our team’s starting lineup is definitely in a situation. Therefore, I have been preparing as a backup since spring camp. Even after this started, I thought there wouldn’t be many chances to get into the plate,” he said.

After entering the bat in an exhibition game against the KIA Tigers on March 28, Park Seung-wook has been playing only as a major defense. However, I tried to maintain my senses through steady practice, and I got my first hit of the season against the Samsung Lions on the 14th, followed by 3 hits on the 15th and 1 hit on the 16th. is maintaining

Park Seung-wook said, “I probably went to bat two weeks after the Samsung match opened. So I thought I wouldn’t have any sense. I thought there was only one,” he explained.

Lotte currently has a solid center infielder, from second baseman Chi-Hong An to shortstop Jin-Hyeok Noh. As much as he invested a lot of money, it is not easy for Park Seung-wook to be listed in the starting lineup unless a special situation arises. However, Park Seung-wook is not shrinking from the given position and is working hard to do his part.

He said,스포츠토토 “Because I’ve worked as a backup before, I know how to prepare physically and mentally. Because of this experience, it’s comfortable to prepare for the position of a backup. It’s burdensome to go out, but I think it’s okay because I’m trying to do well and prepare.”

The feeling of hitting is good, but after the Samsung match, Park Seung-wook is rarely given a chance. However, Park Seung-wook said, “All of our team’s main players are players with good attack power. Everyone will find their place.” We are always preparing for him,” he said.

Park Seung-wook said, “I hope that the starting players will do well and not get hurt. Also, there are games where I have to rest once in a while, so I think if I go in and play well at that time, there will be a good synergy effect.” Rather than revealing regret for the starter, he clenched his fists with the intention of doing his best in his mission.

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