On the first day of the call-up, there is a player who played an active role by posting his first RBI in his debut. This is outfielder Hong Seong-ho (26, Doosan).메이저놀이터
Hong Seong-ho started as a left fielder in the home game against the Hanwha Eagles in the 2023 SOL KBO League held at Jamsil Stadium in Seoul on the 8th and recorded 2 hits and 1 RBI in 3 at-bats.
He scored a timely hit against Hanwha starter Kim Min-woo at the end of the second inning, which was 0-0, and became Doosan’s first point and the main character of the final hit that day. It was also the RBI for Hong Seong-ho’s first-team debut.
He also got on base in his second at-bat. In the bottom of the 4th inning, in a one-out situation, Kim Min-woo’s fastball was attacked and the ball was sent to the center fielder, but it became a hit as Hanwha center fielder Moon Hyun-bin lost the batted ball. Moon Hyun-bin ran to the end of the fence, but the ball landed far ahead. Hong Seong-ho, who did not miss this, ran to second base and became his first double hit in his debut.
Before being called up, Hong Seong-ho played a big role in 36 games in the 2nd team with a batting average of 0.358 (49 hits in 137 at-bats), 8 homers, 36 RBIs, 29 stolen bases, and an OPS of 1.024.
Because he was a good hitter in the Futures League, the first-team coaching staff couldn’t ignore Hong Seong-ho. Before the game, coach Lee Seung-yeop explained, “I was thinking of pitching because there was no Gwak Bin, but Hong Seong-ho is so good right now. I’m going to start right away.” “he said. Then, he said, “I couldn’t do it at the spring camp. Comparing today’s practice with the finish camp, I really improved a lot,” he did not hide his satisfaction.
It was as the commander said. His multi-hit and his first RBI in his debut brought the team victory.
Hong Seong-ho, who met with reporters after the game, said, “As soon as I came to the first team today, coach Lee Seung-yeop and coaches said, ‘Think of this as the second team and run comfortably.’ .
In particular, Hong Seong-ho drew attention as the player who gave Hanwha super rookie Kim Seo-hyun the first home run in the Futures League. On April 9, in the 6th inning of the Futures League with Hanwha held in Seosan, he hit a solo shot against Kim Seo-hyun.
Hong Seong-ho, who looked back at the time, recalled, “I didn’t know if it was the first home run. First of all, I thought I would only throw a fastball because the ball was fast, and I hit it right away.”
He wasn’t impatient with being in District 2. he is “‘ If I do well, the 1st team will call me,’ and I focused only on the 2nd team match. I tried to do well somehow, and I wanted to make good grades,” he emphasized.
At the same time, he also expressed his gratitude to the coaching staff of the 2nd team. Hong Seong-ho said, “Lee Jung-hoon, coach of the 2nd division, and the batting coaches focused on me. Whether I did well or not in the game, I continued to train together, and the results seem to have come out today. I want to express my gratitude to the coaches and coaches.” said goodbye.
Hong Seo-ho said, “Today, only a short ball came out, but next time I want to hit a big ball and please the eyes of the fans.” I wish I had one. I will try my best to occupy a spot.”