“It’s been a dynamic year,” Yoon’s rise to the top is a product of hard work, not luck.

November 11, 2023 | by

“I think it’s really dynamic”

Lotte Giants’ Yoon Dong-hee has been training with the Asian Professional Baseball Championship (APBC) team at Samsung Lions Park in Daegu since June 6, preparing for the tournament in earnest.

This year has been an unforgettable one for Yoon. Selected by Lotte with the 24th overall pick in the third round of the 2022 Korean Baseball Organization (KBO) First-Year Player Draft, Yoon was hot at the plate in his rookie year, hitting .310 with 79 hits and six home runs in 77 games for the second team, but was limited to four games in May and June for the first team. He started this year with the second team, not the first, but it didn’t take long for the first team to call him up.

On April 23, Yoon was called up to the first team after playing 10 games in the second team and batting .436. Yoon didn’t get much of a chance in the early days of his call-up, but in May, he started to see some action and made the most of it. Yoon began to make a name for herself in the month of May, batting .333, and continued to swing for the fences as she worked her way up the lineup.

She stuck to her guns and did the best she could in her position, and unexpectedly got lucky. In the run-up to the Hangzhou Asian Games (AG), injuries led to changes in the national team roster, and with only three outfielders on the roster and a shortage of ‘right-handed batsmen’, Yoon Dong-hee had the pleasure of wearing the Korean flag as a substitute, which was an unexpected ‘gift’ for her, especially since she was unable to join the national team this year.

There must have been a lot of pressure on him as a substitute. However, just as he did in the first team, Yoon proved his worth with the bat. Before traveling to Hangzhou, Yoon showcased her batting talents in a multi-hit exhibition game with the Commerce Phoenix, and she quickly caught the eye of head coach Ryu Jung-il. As a result, she was thrust into the starting lineup at the start of the Hangzhou Asian Games, swinging the bat and spearheading her team to gold.

After the Hangzhou Games, Yoon returned to the first-team roster in a tightly contested position, and while he didn’t help Lotte reach the postseason, he still put up meaningful numbers in 107 games with 111 hits, two home runs, 41 RBIs, 45 runs scored, a .287 batting average and a .687 OPS. He has also earned a spot on the roster for the Asian Pro Baseball Championships, which will be held at the Tokyo Dome in Japan starting on June 16.

It’s been an eventful year for Yoon Dong-hee, from the heartbreak of being eliminated from the competition to the dramatic earning of a spot on the Asian Games team. “It’s not easy to wear the flag once, and I’m proud to have this opportunity, but it also comes with a lot of responsibility,” he says with a smile, adding, “You never know what’s going to happen to you.”

Yoon continued, “I think this year has been really dynamic. There were a lot of things going on, and I didn’t expect it to work out so well. From the perspective of those around me, I’m like, ‘It worked out really well. It’s the best year ever,’ but in fact, there were twists and turns in the middle of it, so personally, I think it was a year of learning a lot. I think I’ll remember it a lot later,” he laughs.

The process of getting to where she is today was not just a matter of ‘luck’. On the first day of the finals camp at Sangdong Stadium in Gimhae, Yoon Dong-hee was ‘special’ for over an hour. There were no coaching staff around, including head coach Kim Tae-hyung. As if he didn’t like something, Yoon Dong-hee spent a long time hitting the ball with Son Sung-bin, and he is putting in a lot of effort to improve every moment. In particular, his weight, which was 88 kilograms before the start of the season, has dropped to 83 kilograms, and he is learning from this process. 아톰카지노 주소


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