[IS Tucson] Son Ah-seop who hit the wall opened his ears

Neither Choi Hyung-woo (KIA Tigers, 2193) nor Kim Hyun-soo (LG Twins, 2093). Son Ah-seop (NC Dinos, 2229) is the number one player in the KBO league with the most hits. Son Ah-seop’s career batting average is also high at 0.321. He also had a hard time. It was right after last season.

Son A-seop’s batting average for the 2022 season is 0.277 (152 hits in 548 at-bats). He achieved triple-digit hits for 13 consecutive years, 8th in KBO League history, but his accuracy dropped significantly. His batting average was the lowest since 2010, when he jumped to the starting position. 

Son A-seop, who is currently undergoing spring camp in Tucson, Arizona, USA, said in an interview with this magazine, “It felt like I hit a wall. I think there were more hitters who could cover more zones. That was an advantage,” he said. “Last year, unless the pitcher threw an error, he couldn’t cope with the ball on a difficult course. After analyzing it, the swing trajectory changed badly, The surface that can be hit (contact zone) has decreased, so I think the average (batting average) has dropped.”토토사이트

Son Ah-seop struggled to find the ‘Past Son Ah-seop’ throughout the winter. The assistant was Kang Jeong-ho (retired). Kang Jung-ho, who was an offensive shortstop representing the KBO League, also left quite good results in the US Major League Baseball (MLB). However, he retired early due to drunk driving problems and is currently running a batting academy in Los Angeles, California, USA. 

Son Ah-seop said, “I was with (outfielder) Heo Il, who was like a brother in Lotte, with Kang Jeong-ho. I asked to talk after it was over, but (at one point) I felt a sense of crisis, saying, ‘If I continue like this, I can become a player who quietly disappears.’ That sense of crisis made me open my ears.”

In the United States, I analyzed the video and corrected my swing. The goal is to recover the form of 2013-2014, when the hitting feeling was the best. Son Ah-seop recorded 170 hits in both seasons. In particular, in 2014, he recorded his personal best batting average (0.362) in one season. He said, “In the end (the best) was the swing then. I didn’t know (that was the best) at the time.” Yes. I checked after last season, and the trajectory of my swing, which I liked, disappeared, and before I knew it, I had a bad habit, and it became different from the swing I thought. When I saw the video, I was hitting ridiculously,” he said with embarrassment.

Son Ah-seop trained in LA from January 5th to the 29th. He is currently warming up while learning the modified form during the club’s spring camp, which started on February 1st. He said, “I have confidence in the direction. I went to the mountain and went round and round and now I came home. It is fortunate that I found the direction to go even if it cannot be 100% the same as 10 years ago.” This is not a separate thing. (If the accuracy increases), it is the judgment that we can catch both rabbits.”

NC coach Kang In-kwon considers Son A-seop’s batting order as No. 2, but is also considering the placement of the center batting line under the premise that his long hitting power will improve. Ah-seop Son said with satisfaction, “I don’t know the result. Like last year, my hair is white and I don’t feel lost. It’s meaningful that I’ve found a direction even now.”

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