30 January 2024

Shortstop? Second baseman?… Kim Hye-sung’s position, manager Hong Won-ki, has already concluded

By pestfood.com

Kiwoom Heroes’ Kim Hye-sung is expected to prepare for the 2024 season without changing his position.

Led by Coach Hong Won-ki, he departed for Arizona, the U.S., where the first spring camp will take place, via Incheon International Airport on Tuesday. A total of 46 people including Hong, coaching staff, team and front desk will participate in the camp.

Kiwoom will take a one-day break from Feb. 1 to Feb. 14 at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick in Arizona, the U.S., and move to Taiwan on Feb. 15 to continue its training at Borders Qingpu Baseball Stadium in Kaohsiung until March 5. It will play six practice games with Taiwanese professional baseball teams, including Jungshin Brothers and Tung Lions, to adjust its sense of play.

“People around me have a lot of worries, but on the contrary, I am leaving for the off-season training with a lot of expectations,” Hong said. “I have high expectations that many new faces will emerge from the starting pitchers. Several players have to compete for the starting position at this camp as well,” Hong said. He did not mention a specific player as his starting candidate.

“I don’t have any major concerns,” he said. Ahead of his bid to advance to the Major League, second baseman Kim Hye-sung indicated that he wants to change his position to shortstop, but manager Hong Won-ki said, “We have to talk for a long time in the U.S. rather than persuade him. We need to make him understand,” adding, “Individuals are individuals, but I think the team should be given priority. I think Kim will fully understand.”

Kim Hye-sung played shortstop before changing his position to second base in the 2022 season, and received the Golden Glove in the shortstop category in the 2021 season. Kim Hye-sung, who expressed his desire to advance to the Major League through the posting system after this season and even obtained the consent of the club, may want to show good performance in the shortstop position again and increase his value.

Kim Hye-sung said, “I heard he will tell me when he goes to the camp, but I have to do as the coach wants. I prepared both positions,” adding, “There is not much difference when it comes to infielders. Of course, I prepared the same for both, and I am preparing for all positions as well as the infield,” but Coach Hong Won-ki has already concluded that he is the second baseman. 꽁머니지급

Coach Hong Won-ki laughed and said, “You can see it as an article, but I’m saying it because it’s not here,” adding, “The player needs to organize it to some extent now so that he can concentrate. I think it’s my job to give advice from the side so that the player can organize and concentrate on that.”

Hong also mentioned a practice game against the Los Angeles Dodgers in March. Kiwoom will play a practice game against the Dodgers as part of the MLB World Tour Seoul Series Special Game. After the game between Kiwoom and the Dodgers, the national team Korea and the San Diego Padres will face off, and Kim Hye-sung, who is included in both teams, is virtually capable of a doubleheader.

Kim Hye-sung said, “Of course, it’s possible,” but head coach Hong Won-ki said, “It’s an event game, and it’s not an official game. Kim Hye-sung said, “The most important thing is to get the best condition and the best results in a healthy body, so I’ll pretend I didn’t hear that part,” and expressed his intention to save the player.