‘Tie 3 stores’ Yang Seok-hwan, did ‘FA Lloyd’ activate?

Doosan showed concentration in the second half of the game and won a thrilling come-from-behind victory over LG.

The Doosan Bears, led by coach Lee Seung-yeop, won 10-5 with 12 hits, including one home run, in an away game against the LG Twins in the 2023 Shinhan Bank SOL KBO League held at Jamsil Baseball Stadium in Seoul on the 16th. After losing all the games on the 14th and 15th, and falling 1-4 up to the 6th inning on the 16th, Doosan was in danger of being swept. The reverse electrode was completed (7 wins and 6 losses).

Doosan’s second pitcher Jeong Cheol-won scored 2 runs in 2 innings, but with the help of the other line, Doosan secured its second win of the season, and starter Choi Seung-yong also blocked 5 innings with 2 hits, 2 runs and 2 runs. In the other lineup, Ahn Jae-seok, who played as third baseman 7 times, hit a timely hit in the 8th inning, and Song Seung-hwan also made the season’s first three-hit game. However, it was Yang Seok-hwan, a “preliminary free agent,” who hit a 3-run home run to tie the score in the 7th inning that helped Doosan escape from the sweep crisis.

Athletes whose performance suddenly improves ahead of free agency

In professional sports, there is a slang term called ‘FA Lloyd’, a compound word of FA and steroids. Often, when a player who signed a large free agency contract with good results in the season immediately preceding the free agency performed sluggishly the following year, it is expressed as “Last year (great success) was ‘FA Lloyd'”. Of course, there is no player who deliberately performed sluggishly after signing an FA contract, and recently, there is an increasing number of ‘FA model students’ who perform better after signing an FA contract.

Kim Min-jae, who served as running base and operations coach at SSG Landers this season, was an infield resource who boasted excellent defense during his active career, but as his .247 career batting average suggests, he was never a player with excellent batting ability. However, Kim Min-jae recorded a batting average of .301 (.301), the only one in his 19 years of professional life ahead of free agency in 2001 when he was a Lotte Giants. And Kim Min-jae obtained FA qualification after the season and signed a 4-year contract with SK Wyverns.

Shin Se-young (Pitching Coach of Kiwoom Heroes 2nd Team), who was active as a bullpen pitcher for Hyundai Unicorns and Nexen Heroes, had the best season of his life in 2011 with 3 wins, 3 losses, 19 saves, 7 holds, and an ERA of 2.24 in 62 games back and forth between Nexen and LG. After the season, Shin Seong-young, who obtained FA qualification, signed a 3-year, 1.3 billion won free agent contract with Hanwha, which lacked bullpen pitchers, but was sluggish with 1 win, 3 losses and 2 holds ERA of 4.94 in the first year. Back to Heroes.

One of the most frequently mentioned players when talking about free agent Lloyd is Lee Ho-jun (LG hitting coach). Lee Ho-joon, who had many ups and downs and frequent injuries during his time in SK, recorded a batting average of .300 with 18 homers and 78 RBIs in 2012 ahead of free agency, and then transferred to NC for 3 years and 2 billion won. Even at this time, there were not a few doubts about Lee Ho-jun’s ‘FA Lloyd’, but Lee Ho-jun played his role as a free agent by recording 95 home runs and 398 RBIs in the 5 years he was active in NC.

Lefty Baek Jung-hyun of the Samsung Lions made his professional debut in 2007 and has never been able to raise a double-digit multiplier for 14 years메이저사이트, but in 2021 ahead of FA, he jumped to become Samsung’s lefty ace with a record of 14 wins and 5 losses with an ERA of 2.63. However, Baek Jeong-hyun, who signed a 4-year, 3.8 billion won free agency contract with Samsung, was sluggish last year with 4 wins and 13 losses with an ERA of 5.27. If he does not make a turnaround during the remaining period of his contract, Baek Jung-hyun may be remembered as the worst free agent in Samsung club history.

‘Jamsil Geopo’, who runs the first home run in the early season Yang Seok-

hwan, who started his professional life after joining LG in 2014, has played in 125 games in the 1st team since his second season and received many expectations as a right-handed Geopo prospect. In particular, he recorded 14 homers and 83 RBIs in 2017 and 22 homers and 82 RBIs in 2018, establishing himself as LG’s main third baseman and center hitter. However, after the 2018 season ended, Yang Seok-hwan joined Sangmu for military service, and in the meantime, LG recruited a new third baseman named Kim Min-seong through a trade.

Although he returned to the team after completing his military service in 2020, Seok-hwan Yang became a ‘surplus power’ at LG, and in March 2021, LG sent Yang Seok-hwan and Nam-ho to Doosan to reinforce the left-hander, and carried out a 2-to-2 trade to receive Deok-ju Ham and Ji-seon Chae. did. Yang Seok-hwan, who occupied the starting first baseman position as soon as he moved to Doosan, played in 133 games in the first year of the transfer, recording 28 home runs and 96 RBIs, contributing greatly to Doosan’s advancement to the Korean Series for 7 consecutive years. For Doosan, it was nothing short of a ‘good fortune’.

Yang Seok-hwan hit 20 home runs in 107 games last year, but had a disappointing season with a batting average of .244 and 51 RBIs, and Doosan also fell to 9th place. However, for Yang Seok-hwan, who had one year before free agency, his annual salary was raised from 390 million won to 400 million won. In fact, it is often the case in the KBO league that a player whose performance has been sluggish a year ahead of free agency is increased in salary. It is a measure to motivate players who are about to become free agents and at the same time receive as much compensation as possible when transferring to free agents.

And Yang Seok-hwan knew exactly what the club and fans wanted from him. Yang Seok-hwan, who played in 11 of the 13 games played by Doosan this season, batted .349 (12th), 4 home runs (1st), 11 RBIs (tied for 4th), OPS (on-base percentage + slugging percentage) 1.070 (4th), Doosan’s 3rd He plays the role of a bun-hitter perfectly. Yang Seok-hwan laid the foundation for a come-from-behind victory against LG on the 16th by hitting an exciting 3-run homer from veteran right-hander Kim Jin-seong in the 7th inning.

If you look at the history of the KBO league, there were quite a few excellent right-handed first basemen like Kim Seong-han, Jang Jong-hoon, Kim Tae-gyun, and Lee Dae-ho. However, as of 2023, few teams have a proven right-handed first baseman, except for kt Wiz, who has Park Byung-ho, who shines in the 6th inning of the home run king. It means that if Yang Seok-hwan raises his value with his performance in 2021 or more this season, he can expect a fairly ‘warm winter’ after the season is over.


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