“It was a burden. “I didn’t play well.”

KIA Choi Won-jun (26), who returned from first base to the outfield, expressed his honest feelings after the game against LG in Gwangju on the 10th. Having said the above, he looked back on how it was not easy for him to join the first team during the season in many ways. Choi Won-jun was discharged from Sangmu and returned to Gocheok Kiwoomjeon on June 13.

The grades fall short of expectations. In 60 games, 54 hits in 218 at-bats, batting average of 0.248, 1 home run, 22 RBI, 33 runs, 12 stolen bases, slugging percentage of 0.326, on-base percentage of 0.331, OPS of 0.657, and batting average of 0.321. In the end, as mistakes or errors continued to occur in first base defense, he was moved to the outfield in the middle of August. Then, Choi Won-jun said that he was psychologically comfortable. He’s an outfielder anyway, so he doesn’t get to start every game. Still, against LG on the 10th, he contributed properly to the team by stealing three bases. 

In fact, it was manager Kim Jong-guk’s consideration that he was consistently used as a first baseman. Unlike before Choi Won-jun’s military service, KIA’s outfield depth is the best in the league. Na Seong-beom and Socrates Brito are new additions, and Lee Woo-sung has also emerged as a great star. On the other hand, there were no suitable cards at first base due to the poor performance of Hwang Dae-in and Byun Woo-hyuk.안전놀이터

In addition, Choi Won-jun’s preparation for this season was not smooth. At the beginning of the season, his training was insufficient due to shoulder pain. “I didn’t have enough time to establish my batting,” he said whenever interviewed after his return. Of course, there are unfamiliar pitchers who have returned to the first team after a long time, but he said, “These days, the power analysis is good.” This means that the cause lies within you, not the external environment. It is definitely a style that requires good preparation from the beginning to show off your skills.

Still, efforts to improve Choi Won-jun’s batting skills continue, including the help of hitting coach Beom-ho Lee and the power analysis department. Choi Won-jun also has to finish this season well somehow. He puts in a lot of effort. He said, “It took a long time to adapt after military service, but he tried too hard to adapt well. He was a burden and he couldn’t play my game. But now I’m used to it. “He is more comfortable in the outfield than first base.”

Instead, he said he thinks he can do better in the 2024 season than he did this year. In fact, it has to be like that, and there are enough others who have the ability to do so. Wonjun Choi said, “I think we can do better next year than this year. “I think it will be fun if we do well starting from spring camp next year.”

The Hangzhou Asian Games national team will be convened on the 23rd. Choi Won-jun also wears the Taegeuk symbol. However, “I think I will feel it only when I go. “There is no pressure, and right now I am focusing more on the team than the national team.” He needs to improve his batting skills now to be able to perform well in the national team.

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