When Noh Si-hwan (23, South Korea) arches his back, everyone knows it’s a home run. It’s a move that comes naturally to power his bat, and it’s become his signature home run pose.
Noh is currently leading the KBO with 27 home runs in the last 14 days. Although he is a natural businessman, his full swing with all his strength is awe-inspiring. It’s enough to make opponents shudder.
Even Doosan manager Lee Seung-yeop, whose team suffered back-to-back losses last weekend after failing to stop Roh Si-hwan, acknowledged this. Even in the eyes of Lee, the greatest home run legend in Korean baseball history, who hit 626 home runs in Korea and Japan, 467 in the KBO and 159 in Nippon Professional Baseball, Noh’s big bat qualities are unique.
“His swing is so mature that it’s hard to believe he’s in his mid-20s. He doesn’t swing at ridiculous pitches and is patient. He doesn’t hesitate to take his own swing when he sees a ball he wants to hit.” “He has a swing trajectory that can be pushed over. When you get pitches that push, you can’t hit a lot of home runs.”
In fact, out of Noh’s 27 home runs this year, 15 of them have been pulled to left field (seven) and left-center field (eight), but 12 have been pushed to center field (three), right-center field (three), and right field (six). Against Doosan on Dec. 12, he was not fooled by Kwak-Bin’s 1-2 low slider in the first inning, but instead lifted a 148-kilometer fastball low and away in the third inning over the right-center field fence. Manager Lee Seung-yeop watched from the third base dugout.
After a strong hip rotation, followed by a follow-through to power the pitch, Noh’s upper body goes backward. This form is his signature pose, and it’s one that fans love. This is usually done when hitting a push home run.
“I don’t do it on purpose, it’s just something that comes naturally to me. When I try to put a little more power into my bat, my back instinctively leans back.” “Pitchers may feel uncomfortable, but fans seem to like it a lot. They say it’s a signature pose, but I think I need to keep doing it well so that I can come out more.”
Noh has one more home run pose this year. This season, he has been hitting more home runs to the left of the foul pole, and when a body ball or low pitch is hit well in front of the foul pole, he often drops to his right knee after the hit. This was the case with his No. 3 home run against Doosan in Jamsil on May 4, his No. 6 home run against Samsung Electronics in Daejeon on May 10, and his No. 25 home run against KT in Suwon on August 9. Both the pushing and pulling home runs have his signature form and are a treat to watch. Fans can’t help but go crazy.
It’s not easy to be in the position of facing a player like Noh. “I wasn’t a full-swinging hitter when I was playing,” said Lee Seung-yeop. Noh swings really hard. As a pitcher, you can’t help but feel anxious about getting hit. I feel that kind of intimidation from him,” he said. 메이저사이트