“How many home runs did Puig hit last year? Then I’ll hit 30″
Edison Russell, a foreign hitter from Kiwoom, pledged to hit 30 homers, more than Yasiel Puig’s last year.
On the 3rd (Korean time), Kiwoom’s spring camp was held at Salt River Fields in Scottsdale, Arizona, USA. Russell, a foreign hitter recruited by Kiwoom again this season, was full of confidence, unlike his failure three years ago.
Russell was a substitute foreign player for Taylor Motor, who was kicked out at the beginning of the 2020 season, and wore a Kiwoom uniform during the season. Russell, who played an active part as the Chicago Cubs’ starting shortstop at the time of winning the World Series in 2016, entered the KBO League with high expectations, but was sluggish with a batting average of 2.54, 2 home runs, 31 RBIs and 22 points in 65 games. After the season, he failed to renew his contract and ended in failure.
Russell said, “This is my first KBO league camp, and it is a good opportunity to participate.
Unlike in 2020, Russell’s body bulked up and his physique grew. From a distance, he was reminiscent of Puig, who played for Kiwoom last year. ‘Looked like Puig. When reporters said, “I expect long-running power as he has improved in size,” Russell asked back, 안전놀이터 “How many home runs did Puig hit last year?”
Puig hit 21 homers last year. Russell, who was told that he had hit more than 20, said with force, “Thirty (30).” He said he would hit 30 home runs, more than Puig this year.
Unlike 2020, this year we are preparing well. “The 2020 season has been a disappointing season,” Russell said. This year, I will work hard to achieve better results.” “After joining in the middle of the season, it took time to adapt to the team and the league. At the same time, I was psychologically anxious,” he confessed.
Russell played in 80 games in the Mexican League last year and had a batting average of 3.48 (97 hits in 279 at-bats), 24 homers, 74 RBIs, 72 runs, and an OPS of 1.120.
Russell said, “The Mexican league is a little lower than the KBO league. The ball speed and pitchers’ deception are on the low side. I learned and studied how to perform. I think it will be of no small help to play in the KBO league again.” I tried to become not only a good player, but also a better teammate.”