Scottsdale (Arizona, US), reporter Kim Tae-woo, video reporter Kim Seong-chul]
Son Ah-seop, who shines with 2229 hits in the KBO League. It is chosen as the strongest candidate to achieve the first 3,000 hits in league history. NC second baseman Park Min-woo’s career batting average is 3.2. No other second baseman in league history who has played more than 10 seasons has a higher batting average than Min-Woo Park.
However, 2022 is a nightmare for both players. Son A-seop, who changed his uniform from Lotte to NC, fell to 207.07, and Park Min-woo’s batting average was only 206.07. It is only natural that the NC batting line, whose cohesive power had lost amidst the sluggishness of the two hitters whom they trusted, could not use their strength. In the end, NC also failed to advance to the postseason last year.
Following Na Seong-beom, who moved to KIA in 2022, NC, where the main players Yang Eui-ji and Noh Jin-hyeok left before this season. With the batting line in crisis, the rebound of the two players is an essential element of the NC emergency. During the winter, the players who calmly figured out the problem revealed their determination, saying that there will be no failure twice.
(Interview with Son A-seop)
“Last season, Minwoo and I did not
perform as well as we had hoped for스포츠토토. In fact, the biggest problem was me. I also prepared really well. If there are no results, no good process will actually shine, so I hope that the three of us (Park Gun-woo, Park Min-woo, Son Ah-seop) can create synergies and reverse the bad evaluations this year. Envy you.”
(Park Min-woo interview)
“Actually, there was a part where I was too complacent. I was too confident. I’m that sensitive, and I realized once again that ‘everything can change’ because of these subtle parts, so I’m putting a lot of effort into returning to the me that the original fans wanted and knew.”
Although the main players have left, NC is determined to fill the gap with the growth of two veteran players, new foreign batter Martin, and new players. It is a difficult task, but it is the confidence that nothing is impossible if we work together.
(Interview with coach Kang In-kwon)
“I believe that the three players (Park Gun-woo, Park Min-woo, and Son Ah-seop) will definitely give a good performance this year as they are preparing hard again. If there was a gap in the long hitting power that I used to do, I think that maybe Martin will do a good job in that area.”
The two players, who were sluggish last year, are committed to restoring individual and team honor. The claws of dinosaurs that overcome pain and run again are getting sharper as well.