After graduating from Dongsan High School, Ryu Hyun-jin (37・Toronto Blue Jays) joined the Hanwha Eagles in 2006. By achieving the Triple Crown, he became the first player in the KBO League to win both the Rookie of the Year and regular season MVP at the same time.
It is thanks to the fact that I learned many things while eating rice with seniors representing the league, such as Song Jin-woo, Koo Dae-seong, and Jeong Min-cheol. By learning Song Jin-woo’s game management and control, Jung Min-cheol’s ball-catching technique, and Koo Dae-sung’s changeup, he stood tall as an ace who conquered the league at once.
And Ryu Hyun-jin raised his value by learning modified fastballs such as two-seam fastball and cut fastball when Park Chan-ho, the “Korean Express” who set the record for the most wins by an Asian in the major leagues, joined Hanwha.
Like this, the role of great seniors is important for young players to develop well.
Lotte Giants Futures coach Lee Jong-woon said, “Looking at pitchers Koo Seung-min (33) and Park Se-woong (28) who are participating in the Futures Camp at Sangdong Stadium in Gimhae, smiles come out naturally.
Koo Seung-min, who is scheduled to join Ishigaki Camp in Okinawa, Japan, and Park Se-woong, who was selected for the WBC national team, are currently training at Futures Camp. It is evaluated that they, who are the core power of Lotte Mound, set a good example for juniors.
On the morning of the 4th, director Lee Jong-woon, who met at Sangdong Stadium in Gimhae, said, “It has a very positive effect on the camp atmosphere when talking about Seung-min Koo and Se-woong Park. No matter how famous people come and give special lectures, it is much more helpful for juniors to show them directly by those who have all the good elements that a player should have.”
One of the reasons coach Lee Jong-woon highly evaluates Koo Seung-min and Park Se-woong is that they complete all of the Futures pitching team training schedule without being left out or favored.
“If you play baseball, you can relax, but Koo Seung-min and Park Se-woong are different. I have no choice but to be called the best role model to my juniors because I work harder, let alone excluded and preferential treatment.” 스포츠토토
“On the first day of training, I was surprised to see Koo Seung-min and Park Se-woong. He added that he made his body well enough to feel that he prepared really well.”
Gu Seung-min and Park Se-woong, who stood tall as top pitchers after believing in the truth of sweat and working hard, generously share their experiences with young pitchers participating in Futures Camp. And that’s not all. It is said that he opened his wallet wide to buy delicious food for his juniors.
Manager Lee Jong-woon said, “I think the players will be able to touch you because great players like Koo Seung-min and Park Se-woong tell good stories and lead by example. As a director, I am very grateful.