This is why Doosan invested 7.8 billion won… The presence of the ‘captain’ that stood out in the first live BP

On the 11th, when the first BP (batting/pitching) of the Doosan Bears’ spring camp took place, a loud voice rang out at Sidri Blacktown Baseball Stadium and the ground in Australia. It was the “captain” Yang Seok-hwan who tried not to miss every single play of the players.

Doosan, led by manager Lee Seung-yeop, checked its physical condition through live BP on the day. Pitchers faced seven batters each by throwing three pitches per batter, while fielders including Yang Seok-hwan handled batting and defense.

The most notable player was Yang Seok-hwan. He pulled three pitches and hit a home run towards the left-center field against Park Jung-soo, who was the first pitcher. Yang was the only player who passed the fence among the players who entered the batter’s box on the day.퀸알바

Yang also made another big hit by pulling the first pitch against Kim Min-gyu, who was the second pitcher. The result was a fly ball to left field, but Yang showed off his good condition.

Yang Seok-hwan, who played first baseman with the fifth pitcher Kim Yoo-sung’s appearance, also announced his presence in defense. Hong Sung-ho’s hit headed toward the first baseman, and his teammates applauded as Yang Seok-hwan caught the ball with a stable port.

Yang also invigorated himself as a captain. When second baseman Kang Seung-ho grounded out a hit-like pitch in a showdown between sixth pitcher Baek Seung-woo and Lee Yoo-chan, he raised the mood by shouting, “As expected, the highest salary in the non-FA.”

Yang Seok-hwan, who met with reporters after live BP, said, “It was my first live batting today (11th), but it’s natural that I can’t hit it. (The result) doesn’t mean much, but I think I felt good as I got good hits,” adding, “I think I hit a home run (in live BP before), but overall I think my balance was good today.”

“It’s meaningless to hit 10 home runs (in live BP) and make 10 home runs, but I feel better than continuing to hit fouls or swing and miss. It’s also a positive thing to continue the camp with that feeling.”

Regarding his role as a “atmosphere maker” after he went out to first base, he explained, “Actually, defensive training can be boring in a way and it’s a hard time, but I think if the players can laugh and brighten up by saying a word or two, the atmosphere will be revived as much. I’m not doing it anymore because I’m the captain, but I’m doing it as I always do.”

Yang Seok-hwan also said, “The fielders are very introverted, so I emphasize that part more. Some of them ask the players to cheer for themselves on purpose. If you do that, it will become more natural,” adding, “If you don’t have time like that, you have to be timid, but I think that’s what continues in the baseball field.” Baseball players should also be able to get angry when they are angry, but I hope younger players will be more active in expressing themselves.”

Yang has been on an upward trajectory since he was traded from the LG Twins to the Doosan Bears ahead of the 2021 season. He had a successful season with a batting average of 0.273 28 homers and 96 RBIs in 133 games and 488 times at bat in 2021, followed by a successful season with an OPS (on-base plus slugging) of 0.827. He has completely filled the void left by Oh Jae-il (Samsung Lions), who left the team due to free agency after the 2020 season.

Yang Seok-hwan, who has been qualified as an FA since last season, signed a contract with Doosan, his original team, for up to 7.8 billion won for 4+2 years. The total amount of the first four-year contract is up to 6.5 billion won (2 billion won in down payment, 3.9 billion won in annual salary, and 600 million won in incentives), including a two-year, 1.3 billion won mutual option triggered by agreement between the club and the players after the four-year contract.

After completing his FA contract, Yang will take on the role of captain of the team for this season. “I hope that the team will perform better this year than anyone else because it is my first season in the contract and my first time as a captain. I think I have a lot of responsibility in that regard,” Yang said. “My goal is to reach 30 homers and 100 RBIs. I really want to try it before I retire, but it’s a really hard number at Jamsil. Now I think I need to prioritize my team’s performance over my personal goals.”

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