“Coach Lee Ji-pung has made a lot of changes.”
Hanwha infielder Moon Hyun-bin (20) participated in the ‘Meet the Seniors’ corner with Kim Dong-heon (Kiwoom) at the 2024 KBO Rookie Orientation held in Daejeon on April 9. As a senior who experienced the professional game a year earlier, Moon shared his experiences and know-how with the rookies.
Moon said, “In the pros, you play six games a week. You shouldn’t get carried away. “Injuries and physical fitness management are important, but the mindset is the most important thing. My manager and coaches have helped me a lot, but personally, Coach Lee Ji-pung has made a lot of changes. When you read his books, you think differently. I used to ask him a lot of questions about it.”
The book Moon is referring to is “Don’t Run, You’ll Get Tired,” published in 2022 by Coach Lee Ji-pung. It is a book that contains the coach’s long experience and philosophy in baseball, and it is centered on the importance of pacing in baseball and life. He also emphasized the importance of rest and recovery to relieve anxiety. During the last season, Moon Hyun-bin said, “April and May were mentally difficult, but Coach Lee’s mental training was a new world. After talking to him, 온라인카지노 I felt more relaxed and confident.” He also expressed his gratitude.
Lee Ji-pung is the head athletic trainer and is in charge of the Hanwha players’ bodies.
He joined the baseball organization as a trainer in 2004, then worked for Nexen (now Kiwoom), KT, and SK before coming to Hanwha in October 2021. He has earned a reputation for his training philosophy that breaks away from long-standing conventions and stereotypes, and he also serves as a “mental coach” to whom players can talk openly.
Hanwha bullpen pitcher Kim Seung-jo has also grown in mental stability since meeting the coach in 2022. “I learned how to control my mind after Coach Lee Ji-pung came,” he said. He’s been in baseball for a long time and has seen a lot of players. He knows the difference between a good player and a bad player better than anyone. He also taught me a lot of things. I wonder if I would have been different if I had met him earlier. It was a new world.”
After listening to Kim Bum-soo and reading the coach’s book, Moon Hyun-bin also benefited from the mental support and completed the season from start to finish in the first team, a rare feat for a high school rookie. Splitting time between second base and center field, he played in a team-high 137 games, batting .266 (114-for-428) with five home runs and 49 RBIs. He led all rookies in WAR and became the seventh high school rookie in history to eclipse 100 hits in a season, powering the Hanwha offense. Along with his ability to make excellent contact, he also displayed a relentless work ethic that allowed him to play every at-bat.
“You have to have a never-satisfied mindset and unwavering conviction. Whether it’s technique or mentality, you have to be different from others,”
Said Moon, who advised the rookies, adding that the 19-year-old has a determination and firmness that belies his age. Coach Lee has also noticed this. He said, “I have seen 10 rookies every year, and I think I’ve seen more than 200 so far. Hyun is one of those 10. I don’t know how good he can be in terms of baseball skills, but when you talk to a 19-year-old player, there is something different about him. I felt the same way when I first met Lee Jung-hoo (San Francisco), Kim Hye-sung (Kiwoom), and Kang Baek-ho (KT) when I was in Kiwoom. Hyun Bin-i is no different.”
The coach continued, “There’s nothing special about what I said to him. I listened to him and talked to him about the problems that Korean players have to deal with from a young age. Baseball is a sport of failure, and it’s important to be smart when things don’t work out. A 19-year-old player can’t come to the pros and be good for six months straight. “Hyun-Bin is a beast, but he was drafted in the second round. He was highly rated technically. Successful players have that skill, along with intelligence and mental toughness.”
Despite a successful debut, the second season is more important. With the addition of Ahn Chi-hong as a free agent, the competition for second base has become even more intense, 바카라사이트 추천 but Moon has no intention of backing down. “I’m very happy that Ahn Chi-hong is here. It’s a great opportunity to learn a lot,” he said, adding, “I also think about practicing in the outfield, but I’m greedy for second base. I’m focusing on second base. I’m confident in the competition. I’m confident that I can do better than last year, and I’m preparing well.”