“How many home runs did Puig hit last year? Then I will hit 30.”
Edison Russell, a foreign hitter from Kiwoom, promised 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 as the Chicago Cubs’ starting shortstop during the 2016 World Series victory, 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. He was unsuccessful in renewing his contract after the season and ended in failure. 안전놀이터
Russell said, “This is my first KBO league camp, and it is a great opportunity to participate. Unlike the previous season, I am encouraged to communicate with my colleagues from the beginning and spend more time,” said
Russell . “Looking at it from a distance, it reminded me of Puig, who played last year at Kiwoom. When the reporter said, ‘He looks like Puig.
He ‘s getting bigger, he’s looking forward to his long hitting power,'” Russell asked, “How many home runs did Puig hit last year?” Last year, he hit 21 home runs. After being told that he had hit more than 20, Russell said, “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 scored, 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.”