The national shortstop’s mouth-watering praise was for a reason! Samsung’s Kim Hyun-joon proves his credentials as a replacement for Lee Jung-hoo’s ‘ankle injury → likely to miss AG’…national team coach also praises him
‘Grandson of the Wind’ Lee Jung-hoo (Kiwoom) has been ruled out of the Hangzhou Asian Games with a left ankle injury. In need of a replacement, Kim Hyun-jun (Samsung) impressed against Kiwoom in Gochuk on Aug. 28.
Speaking to reporters before the match, Samsung head coach Park Jin-man lamented Lee’s absence and said that Kim Hyun-jun could be a good alternative.
He said, “As a baseball player, it’s unfortunate that Lee Jung-hoo was injured. But in such a situation, another player can get a chance. Luckily, Kim Hyun-jun is in good form in our team. He doesn’t directly express that he wants to play for the national team, but I think he’s greedy inside.”
Prior to the game, Kim was batting .301 with two home runs, 16 RBIs and 28 runs scored in 201 at-bats (63-for-63).
Park Jin-man said, “Koo Ja-rook is able to hit in the center of the order because Kim Hyun-jun is getting on base well. If Kim Hyun-jun goes to the Asian Games, it’s honestly a negative for the team, but it will give the player pride in the national team and he can grow further in international competitions.”
He also said, “If Kim Hyun-joon goes to the Asian Games, he will definitely improve. Going to an international tournament gives you time to relax and gain confidence. He will continue to be Samsung’s leadoff man in the future, so going to the national team will help the team and the player. The hope of becoming a national team member will be a great motivation for Kim Hyun-joon.”
Starting in center field, Kim went 3-for-6 with a home run and two RBIs. In the ninth inning, trailing 2-4, he hit a game-tying single with runners on second and third after back-to-back singles by Ryu Ji-hyuk and Kim Sung-yoon and a sacrifice bunt by Lee Jae-hyun. On a 0B-1S count, he took a two-pitch changeup from Ha Young-min and lined it up the middle. Both runners came home to tie the game at 4-4.
SBS Sports commentator Lee Jong-yeol, who is serving as the defense coach for the Hangzhou Asian Games team, was full of praise for Kim Hyun-jun’s game-winning hit. “He didn’t change his expression at all when the first-pitch strike came in, but when he saw the pitch he thought was coming, he hit it. It was a close game and they finally tied it in the ninth.”
After sweeping in all the runners in scoring position, Kim Hyun-jun roared toward the dugout and basked in the joy of his tying hit. Commentator Lee Jong-yeol said, “The way he’s roaring right now is an emotion that only a baseball player can feel.”바카라사이트
Samsung lost the game 5-5 in the 12th inning of extra innings, but Kim Hyun-joon’s performance stood out. He proved why coach Park Jin-man is so full of praise for him. In front of the coach of the Hangzhou Asian Games team.