He Was An Irreplaceable Shortstop

Hanwha gave up a victory against Daejeon Samsung on the 22nd with two outs in the ninth inning. 토토 It was painful that shortstop Ha Joo-seok missed Samsung’s Ryu Ji-hyuk’s ground ball in the ninth inning with two outs and a runner on first base with a 2-1 lead. It was able to be handled easily with a two-bound ball beyond the height of pitcher Park Sang-won, but it became a catch error as the ball bounced off the inside of the glove.

The situation where the game had to end 2-1 changed to two outs and runners on first and third bases. Then, Kim Dong-yeop hit the pitcher’s glove and the ball deflected toward first base became an infield hit, tying the score 2-2. Park Sang-won, who was shaken, lost an additional point as right fielder Nick Williams added a throwing error after being hit by Lee Jae-hyun. Kim Ji-chan hit a timely hit and allowed four runs in the ninth inning alone. All of them were treated as non-accountable due to defensive errors.

As a result, Ha Joo-seok’s mistake was so regrettable. Ha Joo-seok entered the shortstop position in the eighth inning as a major defense. All of the last 10 games have been put in to strengthen defense in the second half of the game. When Ha Joo-seok enters, Lee Do-yoon moves from shortstop to second base and plays baseball. He believes in Ha’s defense as much so.

Ha Joo-seok was the main shortstop of Hanwha from 2016 to last year and was called irreplaceable within the team. Everyone recognized his wide defense with his strong shoulders and flexible footwork even if he had ups and downs. In 2018, when Hanwha played in the postseason, it suffered from sluggish batting throughout the season, but it played a large portion of defense enough to play the most 141 games in the team.

Recently, however, the trusted defense has been faltering. He also made a catch error in the 12th inning of extra time against KIA in Gwangju on the 6th. It ended in a 4-4 draw as Lee Tae-yang blocked it without losing a point, but it almost led to a walk-off run. As he plays in the second half of the game, one mistake weighs a lot.

Ha Joo-seok, who was suspended for 70 games by KBO after being caught drunk driving in November last year, returned to the first division on the 11th of last month after two games in the Futures League. It will take time to recover the sense of hitting, but Hanwha’s power was expected to rise as its defense was stable. After a while, he was expected to naturally find the main position and give strength in batting. Although he was not as big as expected when he joined the team, he had a batting average of .266 (723 hits in 2,720 at-bats) in 786 games in 10 seasons until last year, 48 home runs, 326 RBIs, and 80 steals.At 692, he was good at hitting for shortstop.

However, there is no expected effect of Ha Joo-seok until 43 days after his return. He has a batting average of 11.04 4 hits in 35 at-bats in 25 games, two RBIs, two walks, 10 strikeouts, and an OPS of 327. As Lee Do-yoon became the main player, Ha Joo-seok played only four games as a starter, and it is more difficult to find a sense of hitting as he mainly plays as a substitute.

Hanwha manager Choi Won-ho said, There is a gap in practice due to disciplinary action, so hitting is not in his condition. After the season, I plan to go to the Miyazaki Education League in Japan and play a lot of actual games to get a sense, he said. However, there are still 40 more games left in the season, and Ha Joo-seok’s use in the first division is also becoming ambiguous at a time when the defense is shaking.

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