“There is no place to go down,”
Hanwha Eagles coach Choi Won-ho ordered foreign hitter Nick Williams to play an active part in an interview before the game with Kiwoom Heroes of the ‘2023 Shinhan Bank SOL KBO League’ held at Gocheok Sky Dome in Seoul on the 25th.
Williams, who came to Hanwha as a substitute foreign hitter for Brian O’Grady, is recording poor results with a batting average of 107.6 (9 hits in 51 bats), 1 home run, 4 RBIs, and an OPS of .486 in 12 games. His batting order, which had been in charge of batting 4, gradually went down, and he hit 7 recently and 8 in the game that day.
Coach Won-ho Choi, who warned, “There is nowhere to go down any further,” said, “Today, with Kim Tae-yeon at number 6 and Jeong Eun-won as the second hitter, Williams was pushed out and hit the number 8. If you do well, the batting order will go up,” he said, emphasizing the importance of Williams showing his performance.
Regarding Williams’ sluggishness, coach Choi Won-ho said, “From what we’ve seen, it seems to be following the batting form of Juan Soto (San Diego). It feels a bit like turning and hitting in place. In fact, it doesn’t matter if Soto or anyone else follows and plays well. However, since the timing is delayed as he goes back, he continues to talk about that part with the batting part,” he explained.
On this day, starting pitcher Han Seung-hyeok plans to throw 70 to 80 pitches. Manager Choi Won-ho said, “It is important for Han Seung-hyuk to throw well. When he pitches well, when he reaches 70 or 80 pitches, he plans to check the pitch or pitch and decide whether to go further or replace them. Han Seung-hyeok goes out on Sundays, of course. If he throws well, he will continue to have chances, and if he throws badly, other players will have opportunities.”꽁머니
Jang Min-jae, who was delayed due to the cancellation of the game on the 23rd due to rain, waits in the bullpen that day. Director Choi Won-ho said, “Jang Min-jae may or may not go out today. The next appearance is against Incheon SSG. Jang Min-jae is weak in raising, but he has no intention of overdoing it.”