Will he surpass the first baseman of “Defending Champion” or NC Davidson’s confidence “I can surpass Austin”
“I’ll be a player who outperforms Austin Dean.”
Long hitters are the weapon. A rookie foreign slugger is welcome to the NC Dinosaurs, who suffered from home run drought. Even during batting practice, it is difficult to catch fastballs with your eyes unless you focus too much. It is no exaggeration to say that if you hit a ball, it will be over the fence. This is the story of Matt Davidson (33), the NC`s fourth batter and first baseman this season. For this reason, Eric Thames, the only player who has recorded more than 40 home runs and is considered the best foreign hitter in the KBO League, is being summoned.
Davidson is full of confidence. He is already committed to surpassing Austin Dean, 31, a foreign hitter at LG Electronics who is dubbed the “defending champion.” He once met as an opponent in a U.S. minor league. He has never failed to overcome anything.
Davidson, who met at the NC Spring Camp at Tucson Reed Park Enex Field in Arizona on the 4th (Korea time), expressed a strong will to have a successful season in the KBO league. In particular, referring to LG’s foreign hitter Austin, he promised to outperform him.
“A colleague of my long-time acquaintance is Austin, who is playing in the KBO. In the 16th year since his debut in the pro league, I know almost everyone,” Davidson said. “I met him as an opponent team in the minor league. I know that Austin’s team won the championship last year and showed good performances. I will be a player who can surpass Austin.”
In terms of performance in the U.S. minor leagues in the 2022 season, Davidson is good. Davidson played in 86 Triple-A games and recorded a batting average of 0.310 (100 hits in 323 at-bats) with 32 homers and 66 RBIs (on-base plus slugging) of 1.058. Austin recorded a batting average of 0.268 (105 hits in 392 at-bats) with 17 homers and 55 RBIs in 115 games.
Of course, the KBO league could be different. We have to bump into each other. This year, the two players have the same position as first base players. In other words, they can be good competitors.
“I have long shots as my weapon. I know that the team has such expectations for me,” Davidson said. “If I trust myself and continue to work hard, I am confident that I will be able to show you the results as a player who can hit home runs and long shots.”
Thames is the best foreign hitter in the history of the KBO league, the only player in the NC Dinosaurs with a record of 40 home runs and 40 stolen bases. Will Davidson be active in stealing bases? “I tend not to steal bases very often. I can steal other people’s hearts well?” he said with a big smile.
He expressed his expectations for Korean fans’ enthusiastic support. “I haven’t tried any special Korean cheering culture, but I’m looking forward to seeing fans’ passion,” Davidson said. “I don’t know if I’m a fan of the song, but I like country music. My favorite singer is Morgan Wallen from the U.S. I think country music would be great, but I’ve never thought about it exactly.” 꽁머니환전
Finally, he concluded the interview by saying, “I want to show NC fans how sincere and good they are. I want to show good performances in defense as well as long-range shots. I will play my role consistently and steadily. I will prepare hard at the camp. And I want to go to Changwon and meet passionate fans.”