This is not Kim Hyun-soo’s swing… Director’s Decision “Break for the time being, Kim Bum-seok will also give DH a chance”
- on Jun 05, 2023
LG Kim Hyun-soo, who is going through the worst slump since his debut, is taking time to recharge for the time being. He doesn’t go as far as shock therapy like being excluded from the first team, but he waits on the bench without being in the starting lineup.
Director Yeom Kyung-yeop first conveyed his intention, and Kim Hyun-soo agreed. The main players who have played without a break so far will take turns as designated hitter, and rookie Kim Bum-seok is expected to get a chance to start.
Kim Hyun-soo had to watch the team lose 1-3 with only 4 at bats against NC Jamsil on the 4th. In the ninth inning, I swung at NC Kim Si-hoon’s forkball in the 1st, 1st and 2nd bases, but my posture collapsed as if I couldn’t respond at all. It was a swing that was invisible to Kim Hyun-soo, the ‘hitting machine’. Kim Hyun-soo was hitless in 13 at-bats not only in this game but also in the last three games. He struck out only four times with no walks.
As he finished April with a batting average of 0.400, it seemed to herald his second prime. But the fall was instantaneous. As he fell into a slump from May, his batting average dropped to 0.254 before he knew it. In the month of May, his batting average was only 0.148, and in June, he had only one hit in four games. Last May was the first time that his monthly batting average was in the 10% range after his debut (more than 20 at-bats). He had already gone hitless in 32 at-bats in May, and his 0-for-15 streak continued in June.
On the 17th of last month, Hyun-soo Kim broke the silence with 2 hits in 5 at bats and no hits in consecutive at bats, and confessed that back pain led to a decline in performance. Still, his participation in the game continued, and he fell into a vicious cycle without feeling alive. Coach Yeom Gyeong-yeop constantly encouraged Kim Hyun-soo to take a break, but the player’s will to participate was strong.
However, the missed swing in the final at-bat of the game on the 4th seems to have been a result that even Kim Hyun-soo himself could not understand. Coach Yeom Gyeong-yeop personally contacted Kim Hyeon-soo after the game and asked if he would like to take a break for a while. Kim Hyun-soo is said to have accepted it.
Coach Yeom Gyeong-yeop said he would remove Kim Hyun-soo from the starting lineup for about 3-4 games. The designated hitter position that Kim Hyun-soo was missing is planned to be used to manage the physical strength of the existing key players. Oh Ji-hwan, Moon Bo-kyung, and Austin Dean will be the designated hitters. When Oh Ji-hwan leaves, Kim Min-seong will play shortstop.
We are trying to give high school graduate rookie Kim Beom-seok a chance to start. Kim Beom-seok played as a substitute in the NC game on the 3rd and only had no hits in 2 at-bats. However, before the game on the 4th, coach Yeom Gyeong-yeop sent Kim Beom-seok a passing score on the game. The result, he said, was 0-for-2 with two grounders, but he saw his attitude against pitches was good.
Coach Yeom Gyeong-yeop said,메이저놀이터 “Kim Bum-seok had better attitude in the game than in training. The results were not good, but he saw potential in his ability to cope with pitches and his swing. Next year for Kim Bum-seok can be considered a real professional debut season. So that he can play in the first team. It is our coaching staff’s homework to raise from now on. Coach Park Kyung-wan takes charge of defense and coach Lee Ho-joon takes charge of batting, and the goal is to make players who will enter the first team next year.”