I left Incheon for Daejeon after 18 years of affection… “It’s possible to make the round of 5 or higher in Hanwha. I want to win.”
Lee Jae-won, who played for 18 years in Incheon alone, is now starting anew in the uniform of the Hanwha Eagles.
Hanwha announced in December, “We signed a contract with veteran catcher Lee Jae-won for an annual salary of 50 million won,” adding, “We have secured backup catcher resources to support Choi Jae-hoon and Park Sang-eon by recruiting Lee Jae-won, who has experience such as winning the Korean Series.”
Sohn Hyuk, the general manager, said, “We recruited Choi Jae-hoon and Park Sang-eon because we lacked experienced catchers, and we thought there was enough need to prepare for injury and strengthen depth,” adding, “We expect Lee Jae-won to add weight to the catchers until promising player Heo In-seo returns from Sangmu in the second half of next season.”
Lee Jae-won, who graduated from Incheon Sungui Elementary School, Sangcheon Middle School, and Incheon High School and played professional baseball only in Incheon until his departure from SSG Landers. He decided to leave Incheon to play more baseball. Lee Myung-ki, a friend of mine who played baseball together, said, “I left a lot behind.”
“I wanted to play baseball more, and it was a team that I wanted to see,” Lee Jae-won told Hanwha about his transfer. “I am grateful that he invited me when I had a hard time.”
He said, “I had a lot of thoughts. There are some regrets, but I didn’t get sick. If it wasn’t good, I would have thought, “That’s it,” but I thought I should do my best until the end because I’m okay. The power of my family was also great. It would have been hard if I came down alone, but I was encouraged by the great experience and the support for me to take a new path,” he said.
There are many familiar teammates including Lee Myung-ki, Kim Kang-min, Lee Tae-yang, and Jung Woo-ram. “I don’t think there will be any big problem in adapting here,” Lee Jae-won said with a smile. “I was wondering if I could be the best player with Lee Myung-ki, but Kangmin is here.” “Regardless of that, I think it’s good to come here with Kangmin, and I think we’ll have no problem adjusting to each other. I think it’s a relief.” 라바카지노도메인
“I have very close friends and seniors, and as soon as (Chae) Eun-sung signed the contract, he called me right away and told me a lot of good things to do with him. I’m grateful that he contacted me first even though I didn’t know him at all. I think he’s a good player because he has that much leadership,” he said.
Choi has a high regard for Lee’s experience. One of his plans is to have Lee Jae-won serve as a battery when young players, including rookie Hwang Joon-seo, take the mound. “I will do my best as much as you expect. I have high expectations for Lee,” Lee said.
Lee Jae-won said, “My goal is to be good and also to be good at the team. It is said that the goal is to make it to the round of five, but I think I can go to the round of five or more if I gain experience. I think we should look high and play baseball. I hope we can go to the spring camp together, experience it, and prepare well for the season and win a win-win situation.”