“How does it feel to grab a straw?” Han Hyun-hee is cleaning up his pitch in Japan

Han Hyun-hee of the Lotte Giants, who showed below-expectations skills in the first year of free agency, is leaving for Japan with a determination to grab a straw. It is the first time that Han Hyun-hee will leave for Japan during the offseason since 2013, when he became the youngest hold king in the Korea Baseball Organization. Han Hyun-hee, who filled more than half of the FA contracts he signed with Lotte last year with options, said, “I do not regret” about the contents of the contract, predicting his performance this year.

Lotte Giants pitcher Han Hyun-hee
Han Hyun-hee will board a plane heading to Japan on the 14th. Her destination is the World Wing Training Center in Tottori Prefecture. She will conduct rehabilitation training with Japanese professional baseball players to increase physical mobility.

Han Hyun-hee expressed her determination, saying, “I’m going to do it with a desperate mind because my performance last year was bad,” adding, “I’ll learn new body care and baseball skills.”헤라카지노주소

This is Han’s second visit to the World Wing Training Center. It was Han’s first visit as a member of the Nexen Heroes (currently Kiwoom) in 2013, in his second year as a professional player and the youngest hold king in the KBO. He left the country with five Nexen teammates at the time, but this time he left alone without help from others. “After visiting this center at the time, I won the hold king for two consecutive years by posting a 31-hold the following year,” Han said. “I have such good memories, and I decided to go to Japan to share my poor performance last year.”

Han Hyun-hee, who became an FA after the 2022 season, curiously declared herself an FA, but couldn’t find her destination until the end of the year. Then, she signed a contract with Lotte, her hometown team, in January last year. The contract details are up to 4 billion won (down payment of 300 million won, guaranteed annual salary of 1.5 billion won, and option of 2.2 billion won) for a three-plus year. What’s noticeable is that options are higher than guaranteed annual salary. “In my first year as I had a lot of options, I didn’t think much about it,” Han said. “This year is my second year, so I just want to do well and not pay too much attention. I have no regrets about the contract.”

Han Hyun-hee is a “Busan man” who was born in Yeongdo. Thinking that she is playing for her hometown team Lotte, she made more efforts ahead of the 2023 season. She lost 10 kilograms and bought a laptop for analyzing baseball games. Consequently, she showed below-expectations performance. She was sluggish mainly in the first half of this season, with four wins, 10 losses and an ERA of 5.11 during 18 games and 86 ⅓ innings as a starting pitcher. As Lee In-bok, who returned from injury, joined the starting rotation, his position did not improve significantly even after he was replaced as a relief pitcher. As a bullpen, she played in 20 games, leaving poor performance with 17 ⅔ innings, two wins and two losses with an ERA of 7.13.

Han Hyun-hee introduced the conversation, saying, “The new head coach Kim Tae-hyung told me several times that I have to do really well this year,” and added, “I was sorry that I didn’t help Lotte much last year. This year, I will show you how hard I prepare and play before the season, so I hope you trust me one more time and support me a lot.”

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