A phone call from rookie Kim Seo-hyun…”Found the answer” to the 900-win 老 director’s words

“You did a great job today. I wanted to see you throw.”

Men who challenge 160km are born superstars, but now they are only second-year pitchers on the professional stage. 스포츠토토
A heart-shaking moment came to a 20-year-old rookie. It was when the three letters of “Director” popped up on his phone one day.

Hanwha Eagles coach Kim Kyung-moon, who was born in 1958, and Kim Seo-hyun, who was born in 2004, are 46 years older than his father. Kim Seo-hyun’s hand must have been trembling as he picked up a mobile phone.

The 2024 Futures All-Star Game was held at SSG Landers Field in Incheon on Saturday. Kim Seo-hyun participated in a fan meeting event to guide fans on pitching ahead of the All-Star Game. “It’s my first time coaching. I did my best,” Kim told reporters.

“I feel more energized than usual because a lot of people are supporting me. I can’t say I’m a first-team player yet, but I want to show my fans a better performance on the bigger All-Star Game stage next time.”

Kim Seo-hyun took the mound in the first team game on July 3 for the first time since manager Kim Kyung-moon took office. He pitched in the eighth inning against KT Wiz, allowing one walk and no runs in one inning. With the team trailing 0-3, it was not a must-win situation, but the defeat was not confirmed.

Kim Seo-hyun said, “The manager called me on my way home. He said, ‘You did a great job today. How did you feel when you came to the mound?’ So I told him I was a little nervous.” Manager Kim Kyung-moon encouraged him, saying, “My ball speed has improved a lot. I hope he throws it confidently now.”

Coach Kim Kyung-moon said he would eat with Kim Seo-hyun shortly after taking office, and even if he did not make the first-team entry, he would continue to accompany him and watch.

“Honestly, I didn’t know you would keep accompanying me in the first team. I went up for a while because of a doubleheader, and I thought I would go back to Seosan right away…He said, “I want to see you work out. I think it’s a reward for your interest.”

Hanwha further strengthened its leadership centered on manager Kim Kyung-moon by appointing head coach Yang Seung-kwan and pitcher coach Yang Sang-moon.

Kim Seo-hyun said of the second half, “I want to recover my poor skills. I want to talk a lot with new coaches and coaches and show them a lot of myself.”

The pitching form has been reversed similarly to high school days. This is also the result of Kim Kyung-moon’s advice to throw as you please.

Kim Seo-hyun said, “I wandered around a lot, and now I am back to settle down. Now I feel like I have found the answer,” adding, “I will walk straight now.”

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