In 2023, Lotte welcomes a season without Lee Dae-ho. ‘Post Lee Dae-ho’ Han Dong-hee (24, Lotte) also stood at a crossroads.
After graduating from Gyeongnam High School, Han Dong-hee, who wore a Lotte uniform as the first nomination in 2018, drew attention as a successor to Lee Dae-ho from the time of his debut.
From the time he started playing baseball, he had Lee Dae-ho as his role model, and his soft swing form and long hitting ability were also very similar to Lee Dae-ho.
Lee Dae-ho also picked Han Dong-hee as the number one hitter to succeed him. At his retirement ceremony held on October 8 last year, Dae-ho Lee delivered a message in a handwritten letter to his players, expressing his wish to Dong-hee Han, “Be a hero for Lotte fans.” Han Dong-hee also reassured Lee Dae-ho, who was leaving, by hitting a home run in the game against LG, which was held prior to the retirement ceremony.
However, Han Dong-hee has not completely inherited Lee Dae-ho’s place yet. He still has question marks.
Han Dong-hee, who played an active role in 87 games in 2018, the first year of his debut, with 4 home runs and 25 RBIs with a batting average of 0.232, suffered growing pains such as staying with a batting average of 0.203 the following year.
He has also had his performance come and go in the 2020 and 2021 seasons. In 2020, with a batting average of 0.278 and 17 homers, he hit a double-digit home run for the first time since his debut and hit a batting average in the second half of the 20th. In the 2021 season, he maintained similar performance with a batting average of 0.267 and 17 homers.
It was at the beginning of the 2022 season that Han Dong-hee, who had been like this, came into full bloom. He was very active with a batting average of 0.427, 7 homers, and 22 RBIs in 24 games until April, and even won the monthly MVP for the first time since his debut. Han Dong-hee, who was only a promising player, finally showed his skills.
However, Han Dong-hee’s balance began to collapse in the aftermath of a hamstring injury in early May. He seemed to come back to life with 21 games and 2 homers batting average of 0.346 during the month of July, but due to ups and downs at the end of the season, he could not continue his good pace until the end. 토토사이트 His income was to end the season with a batting average of 30% (0.307) for the first time since his debut.
Han Dong-hee stood at a crossroads as he faced the new season. Han Dong-hee, who has been running on the first team stage since the 2018 season, has not yet solved the military service problem.
In 2023, the Hangzhou Asian Games will be held. It is an opportunity to solve Han Dong-hee’s worries. The Asian Games is an international competition in which players representing the league compete. Han Dong-hee can be selected for the national team only when he demonstrates his skills.
If he plays the same role as last year in April, he will of course win a place in the national team, but if not, Han Dong-hee has no choice but to solve the military service problem in a different way.
The key to him is his physical condition. Han Dong-hee played with an injury almost every season. He has to play more games than he should in order to perform well. Lee Dae-ho showed his stamina by playing 142 games, two games short of 144 last year, his retirement season. Han Dong-hee, who is entering his 6th year of professional debut, is again put to the test.