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Kim Do-young, making her Taegeuk debut, dreams of a long hit tha

“It will fly better, right?”.

KIA Tigers ‘Little Lee Jong-beom’ Kim Do-young predicted a long hit at the Tokyo Dome. Wearing his first Taegeuk symbol on his chest, he expressed his feelings for his international debut with the expression, "I'm looking forward to it and I'm excited." He wanted to step on the stage even more because it was Tokyo Dome. If possible, I also had a burning desire to do well in the game against Japan.

Kim Do-young will participate as a member of the national team in the Asian Professional Championship (APBC) tournament to be held at Tokyo Dome starting November 16. He was proudly selected as one of 26 representatives. His Taegeuk mark was worn two years after he turned professional. He was a strong candidate for the Hangzhou Asian Games, but was not selected due to injury.

In the second game of the opening game, he fractured his foot and was out for about 80 days. He returned on June 23 and played 385 at-bats in 84 games, producing excellent results with a batting average of .303, 7 home runs, 47 RBI, 72 runs, 25 stolen bases, an OPS (slugging percentage + on-base percentage) of 0.824, and a batting average of .324. He rose to become a leading player in offense and defense. It was even more disappointing that I couldn't do it full-time. Now, there is great interest in what kind of abilities they will demonstrate in international competitions.

Doyoung Kim had high expectations for the Tokyo Dome stage. “I played baseball at Gocheok Dome and it was great. I heard that the dome stadium has better distance. I think my skills will be better if I play in the dome. I heard the Tokyo Dome is also big, so I wanted to play at APBC even more,” he said with a smile. Kim Do-young had 2 hits (1 double), 1 RBI, and 2 runs in 6 at-bats at Gocheok Dome this year.

He also expressed a strong sense of responsibility for the Taegeuk mark. "It feels special to be selected for the first time since becoming a professional player. It's good, but all players dream of making the national team. I feel a sense of responsibility and all I can think about is that I have to do well. I want to play in every game. If possible, it would be better if I can play as a table setter. Participate in the tournament. “I’m curious to see how much my skills will develop,” he said.

In particular, he added, "I'm looking forward to seeing a lot of good players from Japan. I'm looking forward to seeing if they will succeed on such a stage. I know (batsman) Maki well, so I'm looking forward to meeting them more." Maki is Yokohama DeNA's leading hitter. He participated in the WBC tournament in Japan last March and led the team to victory. He hit .209 with 3.3 runs, 29 home runs, and 103 RBIs this year. He was ranked 3rd in home runs, 3rd in RBIs, and most hits. He was selected as the No. 4 hitter for the Japanese national team early on.
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