After he transferred, the team only played four games, but already all of his teammates and the head coach mention three letters of the name ‘Kim Tae-gun’. Coincidentally, during this period, the KIA Tigers ran 4 consecutive victories. How does the ‘Kim Tae-gun effect’ affect the team?토토사이트
On the 5th, the KIA traded 1:1 with the Samsung Lions for infielder Ryu Ji-hyeok and catcher Kim Tae-gun. At the time, a KIA official said, “With the recruitment of Kim Tae-gun, we have been able to strengthen the catcher part, which has been pointed out as a weak position. As the first team has a lot of experience, it will be a great help to the team’s strength.”
KIA waited for the veteran catcher to join Kim Tae-gun as a replacement from the day of the trade. During the game, Kim Tae-gun, who received a uniform with his name and uniform number, was put in as a major defense at the end of the 8th inning, and scored a sacrifice fly with 1 bases loaded at the top of the 9th inning, scoring his first RBI after the transfer.
From the next day, the main catcher became Kim Tae-gun. He was named in the starting lineup from the match against SSG on the 6th, and in the match against KT Wiz held at Suwon KT Wiz Park on the 7th and 8th, he wore a catcher mask all the way from the 1st to the 9th.
Kim Tae-goon not only kept his home, but also proved his existence with a ‘record’. He contributed to the team’s victory with 1 hit and 1 RBI in 4 at-bats in 2 consecutive games, and the weight of the lower batting line changed at once. KIA, which received momentum, ran 4 consecutive wins from SSG to KT, and with the confirmation of 2 consecutive winning series, it raised the team ranking to 7th place.
Offense is also an attack, but the sense of stability that pitchers feel has changed. It is also the part that KIA wanted the most from Kim Tae-goon. When asked about Kim Tae-gun ahead of the away game against KT on the 8th, KIA coach Kim Jong-guk said, “Because Kim Tae-gun has more experience, the pitchers seem to pitch better overall, and the players believe (Kim Tae-gun) a lot. “It’s the same,” he said, looking back at the team that had changed after the trade.
Eui-ri Lee, who took the mound as a starting pitcher that day and earned 7 wins this season, also showed appreciation for Tae-gun Kim’s lead. Lee Eui-ri said, “During the game, he talks to me a lot and makes me feel comfortable. (Kim) Tae-gun seems to have helped me get rid of a lot of random thoughts, so I think the results came out well. He said that he couldn’t even live a fastball after all, so he threw it with the feeling of shooting it down from above. So the slider and curve went in well, and the fastball kept popping up, but the breaking ball was alive and it seemed to work well. I just trusted (only the senior) and threw it, and I was very sociable. He was nice and we became friends quickly.”
Veteran outfielder Na Seong-beom also said, “There are some players who are a bit introverted, but I think he is a player who can energize when the atmosphere is down. I think that (Lee) loyalty and (Yang) Hyeonjong-hyung were able to throw well. Since they were on the same team (NC Dinos) in the past, they were active and like that.”
Since the KIA suffered from catchers from the beginning of the season, I feel the difference even more. Less than a week has passed since the trade was concluded, but the players, coaching staff and fans are smiling at the ‘Kim Tae-gun effect’.