“They’re good, but I need to drop them…” ” KIA 19-year-old Smile Guy found a best friend, studying ’43-year-old battery’


“If you match with people of similar age, you can talk more comfortably, right?”

In general, older catchers are often used as batteries for younger pitchers. It is a natural phenomenon. The catcher generation is slow to change in the KBO League. Catcher is a position where experience is important. It is a plan to make up for the young pitcher’s lack of experience with the catcher’s skill.

However, KIA coach Kim Jong-guk often uses backup promising catcher Han Jun-su (24) instead of main catcher Kim Tae-gun when “Smile Guy” Yoon Young-chul (19) starts. Yun Yeong-chul was the starting pitcher in all three games in which Han Jun-su started this season (against SSG Incheon on July 5, against Hanwha in Gwangju on July 4, against Lotte in Busan on the 12th). Yoon Young-chul recently worked with Han Jun-su twice in a row.꽁머니

Director Kim Jong-guk did not intentionally attach the two. Han Jun-su is not even Yoon Young-cheol’s dedicated catcher. Somehow, at the timing when Kim Tae-gun was supposed to rest, Han Jun-su was put in, but that was Yoon Young-cheol’s match, and the results were good twice. So, in the game on the 12th, he confessed that he was appointed with some intention and desire.

Coach Kim laughed ahead of the Busan Lotte game on the 13th and said, “They are good, but do we need to drop them?” In fact, the results of the three games in which the two teamed up were generally good. On July 5, Yoon Young-chul became the winning pitcher with 4 hits, 4 strikeouts, 2 walks and 2 runs in 6 innings. At the time, Yoon Young-cheol had been somewhat off the pace since June, and it was a concern in that it was a hitter-friendly Incheon SSG Landers field, but he filmed a drama with a twist. Even Han Jun-su went 5 at-bats, 3 hits, 3 RBIs and 2 runs, including his first home run that day.

In the case of the game on the 4th, Han Jun-su’s batting performance was average, with 1 hit and 1 run in 5 at-bats. Rather, it was a game that drew attention for the ‘dazzling home rush’ under the influence of Hanwha right fielder Lee Jin-young’s ‘trick’. However, Han Junsu carefully assisted Yoon Youngchul. Yoon Young-cheol became the winning pitcher with 9 hits (2 home runs), 6 strikeouts, 2 walks and 3 runs in 6 innings.

The match against Lotte on the 12th was also good. Han Jun-su made a big success with 3 hits, 2 RBIs and 3 points in 6 at-bats. Yoon Young-cheol was not good with 8 hits, 3 strikeouts, 1 walk and 5 runs in 4⅔ innings. However, it wasn’t a bad story overall until I was beaten with one out count left in the victory requirement. Han Jun-su and Yoon Young-cheol agreed that the double hit given to Roh Jin-hyeok was a mistake. One of those doubles ignited Lotte’s pursuit. With this game, the Yoon Young-cheol-Han Jun-su battery once again realized the importance of one ball.

Director Kim Jong-guk said, “Tae-goon also has a physical burden, so there may be more Junsu’s appearances in the future.” It is true that both lack of experience is a risk. This part cannot be ruled out that he was hit with 2 out in the 5th inning. However, coach Kim said, “Neither of them has experience, so they prepare better.”

Coach Kim seems to have received a report from the battery coach that Yoon Young-cheol and Han Jun-su are preparing more meticulously for the game. Yoon Young-cheol said, “Me and Jun-soo-hyung are also in the first team for the first time, so we talk a lot and learn from each other. study more It’s good to match up with Junsu-hyung.”

Director Kim laughed and said, “Since we are both young, we can have a comfortable conversation.” It’s not like this these days, but even ten years ago, it was difficult for a young pitcher to refuse an autograph from a veteran catcher. In other words, it was difficult for a young pitcher to actively express his opinion to a senior catcher.

That doesn’t mean that Yoon Young-cheol couldn’t say a word to Kim Tae-goon right now. Kim Tae-goon strongly leads his junior pitchers, but he communicates well enough. However, it is true that Yoon Young-chul and Han Jun-soo get along well recently. Yoon Young-cheol said, “Jun-su hyung is big. I’m not the type to pay much attention to the catcher’s size, but Junsu-hyung is big so it’s comfortable. He seems to be a good fit,” he said. A 43-year-old battery studying at KIA was born.

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