On the 9th, the 10th regular season 꽁머니 game between the Samsung Lions and Doosan Bears teams took place in the third base outfield crowd at Jamsil Baseball Stadium in Seoul.
If the Doosan fans cheered for Kim Myung-shin while making the number 46 the day before, the number that appeared in the match that day was number 7. The main character of the uniform number was Samsung infielder Lee Jae-hyun. A few Samsung fans cheered them on from afar.
In the first half alone, Jae-Hyun Lee showed 62 hits in 80 games, 273 at-bats, a batting average of 0.227, 7 homers, 29 RBIs, and an OPS of 0.636. Compared to the many opportunities he was given, the results did not come out. In defense, along with Kim Ji-chan, he was still experiencing ‘growing pains’, committing 9 mistakes, the most in the team.
Lee Jae-hyun, who had been like that, began to show a different side in the second half. Until the match against the Doosan Bears in Jamsil on the 9th, he recorded 17 hits in 56 at-bats, a batting average of 0.304, 2 homers, 11 RBIs, and an OPS of 0.784. Jae-Hyun Lee’s contribution to the team cannot be ignored, as Ja-Wook Koo and Seong-Yoon Kim wielded heavy blows with a high batting average of over 40%.
Although Lee Jae-hyun made four mistakes during the same period, he is responsible for one axis of the center line, working in harmony with several players such as Kim Ji-chan, Kim Dong-jin, and Kang Han-ul in a keystone combination. The team’s faith in Lee Jae-hyun is still firm.
Recently, Samsung coach Park Jin-man also looked back on Lee Jae-hyun’s performance, saying, “Attack has a cycle, and in the case of defense, while continuing to play, compared to last year or the beginning of this season, it seems that there is a sense of stability and it seems to have been found.”
Coach Park continued, “This is the first time I’ve played a season full-time, so I think I’ll have to think about managing my stamina and pay some attention on the bench.” “He lavished praise.
Lee Jae-hyun has already surpassed last year (7) and has only one left until the first double-digit home run in his debut, and the first 100 appearances in his debut, which he set as a goal before the start of the season, is approaching. However, Lee Jae-hyun, who is not satisfied with the current performance, said, “I am not a player who hit 20 home runs each, so I am not a player who hit 20 home runs. Since I didn’t fall out, I think I have a strong desire to play in all the remaining games without getting sick.”
Although the team has been in the bottom half of the season, finishing the rest of the season well is also important for both Samsung and Lee Jae-hyun. While the responsibility has grown as much as the expectations have risen to the fullest, attention is focusing on whether Lee Jae-hyun’s upward trend will continue.