6 February 2024

New NC Foreigner Davidson, who is aiming for a rebound, said, “I have a lot of expectations for myself.”

By pestfood.com

Matt Davidson (32), the new foreign hitter of the NC Dinos, is looking for a rebound.

“I have high expectations for myself. I want to show good performance,” Davidson said in an interview at his club’s spring camp set up at Enex Field in Tucson, Arizona on Tuesday (Korea time).

Though not glamorous, he still had a good career. He was selected by the Arizona Diamondbacks as the 35th overall pick in the first round in the 2009 draft.

Players selected lower by the Diamondbacks in that year’s draft include Chris Owings Chase Anderson and Paul Goldschmidt.
In 2013, he also played in the Futures Game and showed his presence in the top 100 promising players in the league until 2014.

His potential burst with the second team, the Chicago White Sox. He played 241 games in two years from 2017 to 2018, drawing 46 arches.

Since then, however, he has moved to different clubs, but failed to settle down. He played for the Hiroshima Carp in the Japanese pro baseball after crossing the Pacific in the 2023 season, but showed poor performance with a batting average of 0.210 and an on-base percentage of 0.273 with a slugging percentage of 0.425 with 19 homers and 44 RBIs in 112 games.

“It was a season that fell short of expectations. I failed to show good performances. There were a lot of changes, and I didn’t do well to adjust to this,” he said, reflecting on his failure in Japan.

“That failure is motivating me. I trained a lot in the offseason. I will try to have a better season,” he said, vowing to rebound.

His first year in Japan has been very helpful in adapting himself to the Korean baseball. “I heard it is similar to Japan. I hit bunt a lot, there are many close games, and I heard how pitchers throw. I got this idea while playing in Japan,” he said. “My experience in Japan will help me adjust to the Korean baseball.”

As he has experienced many teams over a long period of time, many players know him. Austin Dean, a foreign hitter for the LG Twins, is one of them.
Dean said he met Davidson frequently and became close with him at Triple-A in 2022, adding, “Nobody’s got the better power than anyone else. He is a batter who flies farther than anyone else. At the same time, he is a really good person. I have successful experience in big leagues, so I expect him to show great performance here.”

“I’ve never played with Dean before. When I met him at first base as an opponent, I even talked to him. He is also a really good player and person,” Davidson said.

Having briefly experienced Korea when he visited Seoul for a physical test, he said, “Thinking of experiencing Korea makes me really excited. I want to try everything recommended by the team’s staff,” expressing his expectations for living in a strange place. 라바카지노주소

When he enters Korea, Changwon NC Park, the newest stadium in the KBO League, will be waiting.

He has yet to visit his home stadium, but he said, “I heard it’s the best stadium in Korea right now. I’m excited to go and check it out. Again, I have a lot of expectations for myself. I will try my best to achieve as good a performance as possible and try my best to do that,” he said, sending a message to his fans waiting for him.