a hitter . SSG outfielder Ha Jae-hun (33, photo), who returned home from the Australian Professional Baseball League (ABL) schedule on the morning of the 10th, collapsed from fatigue and was hit by an intravenous ringer at the hospital. It’s because of the sudden release of tension. Ha Jae-hoon said, “I trained and competed in Australia as a matter of life and death. But I think I got sick because I worked too hard.”
Ha Jae-hoon boarded a plane to Australia immediately after winning the Korean Series in November last year. He is in order to join Geelong Korea, a union team of players from the KBO League. Ha Jae-hoon bombed the Australian League. In 21 games, he produced 11 home runs, 18 runs scored, and 18 RBIs for a batting average of .306 (22-for-72). His home runs were second in the league, and his slugging percentage reached 0.792. Ha Jae-hoon said, “It was great that I was constantly guaranteed business trip opportunities. I emptied his mind and focused on finding what I lacked. He has found complete confidence in the Australian league.”
Ha Jae-hoon has lived a turbulent baseball life. He was called a limited hitter in high school, and after graduating from Yongmargo in 2009, he wore the uniform of the American Professional Baseball Major League Chicago Cubs. However, he stayed in the minor leagues all along and was released in 2015. The following year, he joined the Nippon Professional Baseball Yakult Swallows, but only appeared in 17 games.
Afterwards, a reversal came to Ha Jae-hoon, who had toured the Japanese independent league. In the 2018 KBO League rookie draft, he was nominated by SK (now SSG). Ha Jae-hoon, who was an outfielder in the United States and Japan, changed his career as a pitcher. At the time, the SK coaching staff paid attention to the fastball that traveled 150km. Without disappointing expectations, Ha Jae-hoon took 36 saves (average ERA of 1.98) in 2019 and became the king of salvation by surprise. But he couldn’t stop laughing. The injury came because he used his shoulder muscles often, which he did not use much when he was a beast. He struggled with shoulder pain and posted just four saves in 2020-2021. Ha Jae-hoon turned to the beast again last year. He was the last winner. However, in 60 games, he had a batting average of 0.215 (23 hits in 107 at-bats), 6 homers and 13 RBIs, leaving a poor record. Ha Jae-hoon, who thought he had no place to retreat, played with all his might in Australia this winter. He was the first to go to the baseball field and the last to leave, and on non-game days he worked hard on weight training. Ha Jae-hoon said, “I didn’t take a day off. He explained that I had no place to retreat, and I ran with the determination that it would be the last time.”
I met a strong helper in Australia. Geelong Korea coach Lee Byung-gyu, a former KBO league legend hitter, taught Ha Jae-hoon how to escape from a slump and how to deal with breaking balls. Ha Jae-hoon said, “He gave me a lot of advice on how to respond to changing balls and timing. He said that every single point pointed out by the director was helpful.”
However, there are still many mountains to overcome. This is because there are many players with national team-level skills in the outfield of the team, such as Hanyu-seom, Choi Ji-hoon, and Choo Shin-soo. Ha Jae-hoon said, “I think there is a way even at the edge of the cliff. Baseball is like that, and my life has always been like that. I persevered, looking for a hole to rise from. I will find a hole to rise again this year,” he said. 메이저사이트