“I think the bat is the best at camp right now. Don’t you snatch the ball and hit it?”
A high-ranking official of the Doosan Bears exclaimed while watching veteran shortstop Kim Jae-ho (38) batting training at the Blacktown Baseball Stadium in Sydney, Australia on the 8th. Even in the early stages of camp, Jaeho Kim continued to produce batting balls that were noticeably better than other hitters. He is betting life and death on his revival this year to the extent that every coach watching Jaeho Kim says, “Isn’t it overdoing it?”
Looking back on the past two years, Kim Jae-ho said, “I think I thought I should save myself because my shoulders have been bad for the past two years. I was wondering if I should go or not, but now let’s take it a little bit easier.
Naturally, the reaction from the fans became colder and colder. Kim Jae-ho signed a three-year, 2.5 billion won contract with Doosan ahead of the 2021 season. Over the past two seasons, he recorded a batting average of 0.212 (92 hits in 434 at-bats), an OPS of 0.565, 45 RBIs and 49 points in 191 games. He is now a veteran who is told that he should be a ‘supporting role, not a leading role’, but it was clear that he did not live up to his ransom.
So Kim Jae-ho decided to regain his original intention. He joined Doosan as the first pick in 2004 and brought back memories of 10 years until he became the main shortstop in 2014.
Kim Jae-ho’s initial intentions are well conveyed to Doosan senior officials, coach Lee Seung-yeop, and coaches, as well as to juniors. Infielder Kim Min-hyeok (27) said, “Honestly, he’s a complete veteran and the best. From the warm-up, he’s at the forefront and fights a lot. When training defensively, he slides, and I’m really learning a lot.” 바카라
Kim Jae-ho has done a good job of taking care of other lines while Doosan advanced to the Korean Series for 7 consecutive years from 2015 to 2021 and won three championships in 2015, 2016 and 2019. As much as he is good at batting with batsmen, he hits skillfully depending on the situation, consistently producing hits in the lower batting line and igniting the upper batting line. This year, I am working hard from one to ten to return to the old Kim Jae-ho. If Kim Jae-ho continues the batting pace that makes everyone admire as he is now, he seems to be able to become a strong support for coach Lee.