Kim Hyun-soo’s message, “As soon as your shoulders go up, we go down to last place.”
“As soon as the shoulder goes up, we go down to last place.”
Veteran Kim Hyun-soo (36), who is the most bitter in the LG Twins squad, left a strong message to the players just before the start of the spring camp.
LG departed for Arizona, the U.S., via Incheon International Airport on the 30th.
Starting under the leadership of Yeom Kyung-yeop, LG won the Korean Series title for the first time in 29 years last year. The team finally achieved its “han of victory” that it had so far. Naturally, it is considered the strongest candidate to win the title again in 2024.
“I have more worries. I think it is more difficult to keep my position as the defending champion than to go up (to win the championship),” Kim said.
“If we want to keep our position (as defending champions), we need to be stronger. We need an upgrade that the coach mentioned,” he said, adding, “As soon as players shrug their shoulders, we will come back to last place.”
Kim has joined the LG Twins since 2018, bringing a fresh wind to the Korean team. He led voluntary training of the players, which was dubbed as the “Director Kim.” While taking good care of younger players, he gave a stern warning to them. Sources from the team and the team all agree that Kim has created a new culture.
In this camp, he also hinted, “I plan to have a lot of conversations with my juniors about how much stronger we can be and what the players think.”
“I also have to be strong,” Kim added.
He hit .293 with six homers and 88 RBIs last year. Despite his good performance, he did not deserve the nickname “hitting machine.” The team smiled brightly until the end, but Kim was not satisfied with his individual performance. If Kim recovers his batting skills in 2024, LG may also move closer to winning its second consecutive title. 토토사이트
“I have a lot of regrets about last year’s individual performance. My team won and got buried,” Kim said. “I prepared hard for the off-season. There are many cases where the results don’t come out as I prepared, but this year, I will hit the ball more accurately and fly the long distance.”