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“I just have to be happy.”
NC Dinos recruited Futures FA Han Seok-hyun (29) with an annual salary of 39 million won in the 2022-2023 free agent market. Manager Kang In-kwon had plans to use Han Seok-hyun as a backup outfielder this season. However, Han Seok-hyun could not take advantage of the opportunity. In 27 games this season, he had only 12 hits in 60 at-bats, a batting average of .200, 2 RBI, and 5 runs scored.
Coincidentally, another backup outfielder, Kim Seong-wook, also suffered an injury early in the season. Kwon Hee-dong was unable to operate from the beginning of the season as he signed a free agent contract late. Jason Martin also had a side injury. In many ways, April was an opportunity for Han Seok-hyun. The result was a batting average of 0.222, 2 RBIs, and 5 runs.
In the end, Han Seok-hyun was moved down to the second team after the LG Twins game on May 2nd. He did not make it to the first team for four months before the KT Wiz on September 13th. Of course, the Futures League was narrow. In 56 games this season, his batting average was 0.311, 3 home runs, 23 RBIs, and his OPS was 0.812. Last year, in the Futures League, he had a batting average of 0.338, 2 home runs, 21 RBIs, and an OPS of 0.871 in 48 games.
On the 5th, NC's official YouTube channel released a video of Team C's batters practicing batting at the finishing camp. Han Seok-hyun hit cool balls one after another. And I left this message to battery coach Kim Jong-min. “You just have to have fun once you’re done. “I just have to do my best.”
At the same time, Han Seok-hyun said, “I think it’s a pity that I don’t know that now. “Now I’m thinking about it and trying to do it.” I don't know why, but it seems like Han Seok-hyun has been playing baseball with some sense of pressure. Considering that he emphasized himself, he may have been conscious of other people's gaze.
I also asked Coach Kim Jong-min another question. Han Seok-hyun said, “Coach, what should I do if my will is weak?” At the same time, he said, “From what I see, Coach seems to have the will to do it. Rather than just come out and try to work out... It's all about dependency. “It was so difficult,” he said.
He lacked the will to play baseball well, and it seems like he was scolding himself for not trying harder. Han Seok-hyun said, “This is not all, so I will try to look further.” In reality, Han Seok-hyun turns 30 next year. He is not young, but he is not old either.
There will be no major changes in the NC outfield next year. Anyway, Park Geon-woo and Son Ah-seop are the main characters. However, Son Ah-seop mainly played as a designated hitter this season. It is likely that they will part ways with Jason Martin, and it is known that the new foreign hitter may be selected as a first baseman rather than an outfielder. Although Kwon Hee-dong eventually established himself as a starting player after the middle of the season, there is no law saying that opportunities should not open up for Han Seok-hyun as well. It is expected that he will have to win the competition with Kim Seong-wook and Jae-Hwan Chun to have a chance.
Friday, December 15, 2023