He clearly knew what his mission was while looking at the reality calmly. He naturally pledged to become a leader who leads juniors while carrying a burden as heavy as the size of the FA contract. Chae Eun-seong (33), who became Hanwha’s highest free agent contract, took a new starting point.
His contract size of 9 billion won is approaching boldly. After his contract, the media’s requests for interviews increased significantly, as well as receiving great attention from within the team. Chae Eun-seong finished morning training on the 2nd day of Spring Camp at Bellbank Park in Mesa, Arizona, USA on the 3rd (Korean time) and said, “I can feel a lot of eyes, whether inside or outside the team. He said, “The most important thing is how I look on the ground. He said in every interview that he would always prepare well to play baseball well. It is the same now. He was treated well, so he wants to play baseball well.”
A lot has changed, from the uniform to the teammates and the coaching staff. The biggest change among them is the age of colleagues. Unlike LG, which has many players of their age, Hanwha has a majority of players younger than themselves. Naturally, he became a big brother, and this is also what Hanwha expected from Chae Eun-seong. Chae Eun-seong, who treats baseball more sincerely than anyone else, signed a large contract with Chae Eun-seong, looking at the synergy effect of young Hanwha players.
And I already have a weight training partner. Chae Eun-seong does weight training every day with Noh Si-hwan, one of the club’s most anticipated prospects. He said, “Sihwan was lifting weights alone, so I suggested we do it together. If you’re doing weight anyway, it’s better to have a partner. Sihwan also said that he wanted to do it together. So he decided to stay with us during this camp.”
Chae Eun-seong said about his role as the center of the team and a veteran player, “I was like that when I was young, but you shouldn’t try to force it. You have to show and tell anything first so that your juniors follow. At Hanwha, I will work hard in every action and exercise. I have to move a lot and show it so that my words have power,” he said. “I felt that while watching (Kim) Hyun-soo. Hyeonsu-hyung is really amazing when you see him in the preparation process or working out. He naturally feels that he has no choice but to go to that position. Although I don’t have a similar personality to Hyun Soo-hyung, I will move first and lead my juniors.”
When asked about the potential of his juniors, he expressed his anticipation. In addition, he wanted to play baseball with more confidence. Chae Eun-seong said, “There are many players with great potential in this team, as well as Noh Si-hwan, who weights with me. I see players who have a lot of good things,” he said. “But I have no confidence in myself. They are definitely players who can do better, but I don’t have confidence in baseball and I don’t know which way to go, so I don’t see better results.” 안전놀이터
He continued, “So, if a junior asks a question, I will prepare to answer it anytime. What I said first doesn’t make sense. On the other hand, if you give an answer when you are desperate and desperate, it touches you. I hope our players can experience and feel that much,” he raised his voice.
He even gave an example. It is a batting theory in the scoring zone. Chae Eun-seong is a guaranteed solver with more than 80 RBIs every season. He has a high concentration in scoring position and knows how to score runs in his own way.
He said, “All hitters must have heard the sound of ‘leave your strength and hit’ in scoring range. However, there are many cases where you don’t know what it means to hit without power,” he said. I learned this part through (Park) Yongtaek hyung. If you hit hard in the scoring zone, you will never get a strong hit. And you don’t even have to make a strong batted ball. Tapping lightly with the feeling of playing a pepper game was the correct answer for me. I want to share these experiences with my juniors.”
There is still a long way to go and a lot to be done. In response to the question, “Please predict Hanwha’s performance this season,” Chae Eun-seong said, “I think it’s ridiculous to say that we will win. You can’t go straight from the bottom to the championship. But I hope all of our players can show a competitive spirit and a fighting spirit on the ground. Then it will be better than last year.”
Chae Eun-seong said, “LG used to aim for 4th and 5th place. Right now, the team is aiming for the championship, but during the dark days, they said they did well even in the middle. So is our team. First of all, you have to play with hope and goals. I don’t know what baseball will be like. No matter how the results come out, they should be better than last year. I think it can definitely be better than last year.”