Outfielder Chae Eun-seong (33), who signed a large free agent contract with the Hanwha Eagles after last season, asked his teammates to develop confidence.
Chae Eun-seong is a representative player who has achieved the success story of a foster player in the KBO League.토토사이트
After graduating from Hyocheon High School in Suncheon and joining the LG Twins as a foster player in 2009, he did not see the light for a while, but in 2014 he registered as an official player and stepped on the stage of the first team.
Since then, he has established himself as the team’s central hitter, and until last year, he had a batting average of 0.297, 96 homers, 595 RBIs, 438 runs, an on-base percentage of 0.357, and a slugging percentage of 0.444 in 1006 appearances.
Chae Eun-seong, who obtained FA qualification after finishing the season last year, signed a contract with Hanwha for 6 years and up to 9 billion won (down payment 3.6 billion won, annual salary 4.4 billion won, option 1 billion won). It is truly a turning point in his life.
Hanwha, which has been in last place for three consecutive years, is expecting a lot from Chae Eun-seong, who has experienced fall baseball for several years at LG. In particular, he hopes to instill ‘victory DNA’ in the squad, which will be wet with a sense of defeat.
Chae Eun-seong, who recently met with News 1 at Bellbank Park, Mesa, Arizona, USA, the first spring camp for Hanwha, said, “It was awkward at first, but I gradually became friendly with the players. I am steadily building my body well without going too overboard.” took off
Chae Eun-seong emphasized his confidence toward the Hanwha squad, which has many younger generations.
He said, “I felt that everyone had good abilities but lacked confidence. I hope they have more confidence in their skills.” I have,” he said.
“In order for me to tell my juniors something, it is important to set an example first. That’s why I always try to move first,” he said.
Hanhwa fans want Chae Eun-seong to play the same role as Kim Tae-gyun.
Kim Tae-gyun, who retired in 2020, wore only Hanwha uniforms after joining Hanwha in 2001, except for the time when he advanced to Japan, and is considered a Hanwha legend by hitting 311 home runs, which is the 11th in KBO history.
However, Chae Eun-seong refused to compare with Kim Tae-gyun.
He lowered his stance, saying, “I am not a player who can be compared to (Kim) Tae-gyun. In terms of skill, I can’t compare.”
He added, “The fans may have expectations for me, but I just want to do what I can do well.”
Chae Eun-seong was once expected to participate in the 2023 World Baseball Classic (WBC).
There were predictions that Choi Ji-man (Pittsburgh Pirates), who was in the final list, was dropped from the horse against the opposition of his team, and Chae Eun-seong, a right-handed hitter with one shot, was being discussed as a replacement. However, director Lee Kang-cheol chose Choi Ji-hoon (SSG Landers), a fast-footed runner.
Regarding this, Chae Eun-seong said, “I don’t have any regrets because I don’t think I’m that good,” and “It’s an honor just to be mentioned as a national representative.”
LG’s Kim Hyeon-soo and Oh Ji-hwan, who trained nearby during their break during the spring camp;
Chae Eun-seong said, “I think the most important thing is for our team to come together. I have to play a role there.” If we show an improvement from last year, the team ranking will gradually rise.”