Futures’ first start of the season→Cool multi-hit game, 35-year-old Samsung One Club man’s diagnosis “needs to be checked further”
Samsung Lions One Clubman outfielder Kim Heung-gon started at third base and designated hitter for the Lotte Future team in the 2023 KBO Futures League on Wednesday at Sangdong Stadium. It was the first start of the season for Kim, who made his first real appearance of the season as a pinch-hitter in a game on Nov. 27 after missing much of the season due to a back injury.
He went 2-for-4 with a double, a home run, an RBI, and a run scored, helping Samsung to an 8-5 victory. He was replaced by Song Jun-seok in the final inning. After going 0-for-2 as a pinch hitter on the 27th, he had two cool hits today.
Samsung head coach Park Jin-man, who met with Kim before the team’s game against KT Wiz at KT Wiz Park in Suwon on Nov. 31, was also being kept informed of Kim’s condition.
“He’s played two games for the Futures now. I’ve been checking his physical condition, and I’m getting all the reports. However, he hasn’t trained much this season. I think I need to check him more,” Park said cautiously.
Kim, who was drafted by Samsung in the fifth round, 36th overall, in 2011 after graduating from Gyeongbuk Joong, Jeju Tourism High School, and Yeungnam University, has played for Samsung without a single transfer, except for his time in the Armed Forces Athletic Corps (Commerce). In 777 games with Samsung, he has a career batting average of .269 with 600 hits, 36 home runs, 268 RBIs and 285 runs scored. 카지노사이트
He had a career-high season in 2018, batting .300 with 154 hits, 11 home runs, 71 RBIs, 77 runs scored, and 22 stolen bases in 141 games, marking his first career triple-double and triple-digit hits. He followed that up with another nearly triple-digit batting average and triple-digit RBIs in 2019.
However, after struggling in 2020 and 2021, Kim batted just .192 with 18 doubles, one home run, and 20 RBIs in 80 games last season. He started the season as captain, but was relieved of his duties midway through the season due to his continued slump, which was compounded by an ignominious 43-game hitting streak. He did not file for free agency.
Starting tomorrow (Sept. 1), expanded rosters will be implemented, with five more players per team, allowing teams to field 33 first-team rosters instead of 28.