“I will prepare so that there will be no regrets.”
For Yang Seok-hwan, the 2021 season was an unforgettable year. The LG Twins have been waiting for the return of Yang Seok-hwan, who hit 22 homers before enlisting in the military with a batting average of 0.263 and an OPS of 0.758. However, when Yang Seok-hwan, who had been expecting a lot, was sluggish with 3 homers and a batting average of 0.246 in 40 games after his return, he was used as a trade card. This was a turning point in Yang Seok-hwan’s life.
Prior to the opening of the 2021 season, Yang Seok-hwan, wearing a Doosan Bears uniform, played in 133 games and swung a fire bat with 133 hits, 28 home runs, 96 RBIs, 66 points, a batting average of 0.273 OPS and 0.827, and spent a “career high” season that rewritten all attack indicators. However, from Yang Seok-hwan last year, the appearance of the 2021 season was only ‘partial’.
Yang Seok-hwan played 107 games and hit 20 home runs. But other than that, the results were disappointing. Yang Seok-hwan stayed with 61 RBIs, a batting average of 0.244, and an OPS of 0.741. The reason for his sluggishness was my oblique muscle problem. In the 2021 season, Yang Seok-hwan also had trouble with his oblique muscles, so he left the team in the second half and returned to the ground only in the postseason. This continued until 2022.
Yang Seok-hwan suffered an oblique muscle injury during the 2022 spring camp and was unable to properly train with him. In addition, the injury to the internal oblique muscle recurred once again at the end of the season. Without Yang Seok-hwan, the weight of Doosan’s lineup was bound to drop. As a result, Doosan had to accept a disappointing record with 60 wins, 2 draws and 82 losses in the regular season.
Yang Seok-hwan, who suffered at least three internal oblique muscle injuries in two years, is preparing for the season with the determination not to be hampered by the same injury any more. Yang Seok-hwan, who we met at Doosan’s 41st anniversary ceremony on the 16th, said, “I tried to prepare a lot for muscle flexibility.” Go told the recent situation.
Yang Seok-hwan said, “Last year’s injury was the most regrettable. I think it was even more regrettable because the season started so well. As we collapsed together, I think the team’s performance may have gone down,” he said. 안전놀이터
Doosan reinforced the offense and defense at once by recruiting Yang Eui-ji in the FA (free agent) market. Yang Eui-ji’s joining is expected to help not only Doosan, but also Yang Seok-hwan. He said, “In the past, there was a good number 3 hitter named (Park) Kun-woo, but last year I think it was difficult because there was no player who could do well in number 3. Numbers 4 and 5 had too much pressure.” Yang) Eui-ji hyung, a good player, has arrived, and I have anticipation,” he said with a smile.
It is unclear how much help Yang Seok-hwan will be. However, it can also be helpful that coach Lee Seung-yeop, the ‘national hitter’, took the helm. Yang Seok-hwan expressed his anticipation, saying, “I didn’t have time to talk because I wasn’t with the finishing camp. However, the coach is a person who hit a lot of home runs by pushing during his active career. I want to ask about the ability to push balls far and the number of goals.” .
There is no season that is not important, but Yang Seok-hwan’s mindset preparing for the 2023 season is expected to be a little different. This is because he will be eligible for free agency for the first time in his life after the season is over. The power to hit more than 20 home runs while using Jamsil Stadium, the largest stadium in the KBO league, is a big advantage of Yang Seok-hwan. If he plays to his full potential this year, he could be looking for a jackpot deal.
However, Yang Seok-hwan did not show great greed. He said, “I don’t think the situation will change significantly if I put my energy into it. I try not to worry too much. But I will make sure not to miss out on what I can do at this moment.” We will do our best to prepare for it in the best possible way.”