“Post Kim Tae-gyun? We’re Getting There”
Hanwha’s Noh Si-hwan.
Hanwha Eagles slugger Noh Si-hwan became the first player to reach the 30-homer plateau in eight games. Noh, 카지노사이트 who remains the league’s home run leader, has made no secret of his desire to become the first Hanwha player since Kim Tae-gyun in 15 years.
Noh started at third base in the No. 4 spot in the lineup against the LG Twins in the 2023 Shinhan Bank SOL KBO League at Jamsil Stadium in Seoul on Feb. 2, going 2-for-4 with a home run, two RBIs and one run scored in the team’s 5-3 win.
His two-run blast in the top of the sixth inning with a 1-0 lead was especially heartwarming for Hanwha fans, who were frustrated by the team’s long losing streak.
With the bases loaded and one out, Noh lined a two-pitch fastball from reliever Yoo Young-chan over the left field fence.
Noh, who hit his 29th home run of the season against the KT Wiz on March 19, added another home run in eight games to reach 30. He also widened the gap between himself and second-place Choi Jung (SSG Landers, 24) to six home runs.
Hanwha Eagles third baseman Noh Si-hwan heads home after hitting a three-run home run with the bases loaded in the top of the fifth inning during the baseball game between the Hanwha Eagles and Samsung Lions in the ‘Shinhan Bank SOL 2023 KBO League’ at Samsung Lions Park in Daegu on July 1.
Noh is the 15th Hanwha player to hit 30 home runs in a season and the first in five years after Lee Sung-yeol (34) and Gerard Hoying (30) in 2018. It’s also the first time in 13 years since Choi Jin-hyun (32) in 2010 that a native right-hander has done so.
The home run also gave Noh his first home run against his former club this season.
Hanwha gave up a three-run homer to Park Hae-min in the eighth inning after Noh’s home run to tie the game, 온라인카지노 but Lee Jin-young’s two-run double in the ninth inning sealed the win.
“Lately, my hip center has been falling back in my at-bats, so my shoulders have been opening up quickly and my batting feel hasn’t been great, so today I tried to hit the ball to the middle of the infield, and it paid off,” Noh said after the game.
Noh, who had been racking up home runs at a furious pace, was stuck in the “ninth inning” due to his recent batting struggles. However, he finally broke out of the slump after eight games with a home run today.
“Actually, I wasn’t conscious of it, but people kept talking about it,” Noh laughed, “and before I went into the third at-bat today, my brother Heo Kwan-ho called me and said, ‘The fact that you think you’re not conscious is conscious. He told me, ‘Don’t think about it, but rather be conscious and hit with the idea of hitting one more run.’ After hearing that, I stood up to bat and unexpectedly hit a home run. I would like to take this opportunity to say thank you to my brother Kwan-ho,” he said, sharing the story behind the 30-gun.
Hanwha Eagles third baseman Noh Si-hwan celebrates at first base after hitting a double to left field during the second inning of the baseball game between the Hanwha Eagles and Samsung Lions in the ‘Shinhan Bank SOL 2023 KBO League’ at Samsung Lions Park in Daegu, South Korea, on April 6.
What does it mean to him to hit 30 home runs in his debut?
“I think 30 home runs is a symbol of greatness. I’ve never been a consistent 30-homer hitter, and last year I only hit six, so it feels great to hit 30 for the first time this year. I hope to become a hitter who can consistently hit more than 30 home runs in the future.”
“I didn’t expect this much change to happen this year,” Noh continued, “I made a lot of changes to become a home run hitter in preparation for this season, starting with the final camp, but I didn’t expect it to be this good. It’s working out well, so I’m very proud of the changes I made, and I think I need to keep my current hitting mechanics until I retire.”
Despite holding the home run lead for so long, Noh said he doesn’t care about the ranking.
“I’m not used to being in the lead,” he said. I don’t pay attention to the rankings, but I check the results of the five games every day, so I subconsciously know the home run situation of Choi Jung-senior. I don’t intentionally look for it,” he said.
Noh grew up hearing the phrase “post-Tae-gyun Kim” since he joined Hanwha. He had his ups and downs until last season, but this year, he’s really blossomed and is looking like the heir apparent to Kim Tae-gyun.
“I think we should stop saying that I’m still a long way off (from becoming Kim Tae-gyun’s successor). I’m getting closer and closer. Like Tae-gyun, who was synonymous with steadiness, I need to show steadiness to become his successor,” he said.
If Noh maintains his current ranking until the end of the season, he will become the first Hanwha player to hit 31 home runs in 15 years since Tae-gyun Kim in 2008.
“We haven’t had a home run king in Hanwha for 15 years, 카지노사이트존 so I know the fans are thirsty. I think becoming the home run king will be a meaningful home run king in many ways. I hope to maintain my current pace until the end of the season and become the home run king.”