Kim Jae-ho (38, Doosan Bears) had a hot August.
He didn’t start this season as the “starting shortstop,” as Doosan was counting on younger players like Ahn Jae-seok and Lee Yoo-chan to step up and add experience.
Kim joined Doosan in 2004 as the first pick in the rookie draft, and since 2014, he has been the team’s main shortstop. He was nicknamed the “genius shortstop” because of his solid fundamentals.
Over the past two years, Kim’s playing time has dwindled due to a combination of injuries and inconsistency. He only played in 89 and 102 games, with batting averages in the low 2s.
Early in the season, the youngster was given a chance, but he struggled to hit. Eventually, the tables turned and Jae-ho Kim was given a chance.
Doosan manager Lee Seung-yeop said of Kim Jae-ho during spring training, “He’s in better shape than I expected. He can play as a starter right away.”
Although he was included in the opening day roster, Kim was mostly used as a substitute. It was difficult for him to keep his grip on the game, and he was eventually dropped from the first team roster in early May and spent some time rebuilding.
Upon his return, Kim began to show signs of his ‘prime’ form. In the month of June, he appeared in 17 games and batted 3-for-2, and in October, he continued to hit well, going 3-for-3 in 10 games. 바카라사이트
August was the peak. He became the starting shortstop and batted 4-for-3 in 21 games.
Kim Jae-ho was a strong candidate for the August MVP award. According to the KBO, “He played in 21 games in August and hit in all but three of them. In particular, he hit in 11 consecutive games from August 16 against Jamsil KT to August 31 against Jamsil LG, finishing the month with 27 hits in 62 at-bats, a whopping 4.3 RBI, which was over 4 percent, and ranked first in the category. He also ranked first in slugging percentage at 0.538, more than 5% higher, and tied for fourth in runs scored (19),” the report said.
“I don’t think I’ve ever won the Monthly MVP before. I don’t even remember being nominated,” he smiled.
Coach Lee cited “teamwork” and “seasonedness” as the secrets of Kim’s hitting. “I think he reads the situation well when attacking. When we need a run, we get a run, and when we need a hit with a runner on third base, we get a hit. In unfavorable ball counts, he does a good job without trying too hard.”
Kim Jae-ho also cited “team” as the secret to his hitting. “Rather than trying to be greedy, I paid attention to the team batting, and I had good results. If you’re greedy, you can’t swing properly,” he said.
His recent good form has reignited his passion for baseball. “Baseball is fun these days,” he said, emphasizing, “I don’t know how long I’ll be able to play baseball, but I’ll do my best while I’m on the field.”