The Korean pro baseball team of the Lotte Giants is striving to have a successful first season under its new head coach, Kim Tae-hyung. First of all, Yoo Kang-nam (32), the mother of the home team, is showing the biggest change in appearance. With the aim of expanding his slugging capability, Yoo said, “I will hit more than 20 home runs this year.”월카지노
Yoo Kang-nam, who is currently training in his hometown of Seoul as of Saturday, will leave for Guam, the U.S., where Lotte’s spring camp will be held on the 31st. Yoo successfully lost 9kg during the offseason, showing off his thorough self-management skills. The only thing that starts and ends with his work is “exercise.” He wakes up at 8 a.m. to strengthen his physical strength through stretching and mobility training. In the afternoon, he finishes with core exercises, weights, and technical training.
Yoo Kang-nam’s slimmer appearance is a hot topic among fans. There is also a joke that Yoo Kang-nam, nicknamed “Sajik Kim Soo-hyun,” really resembles actor Kim Soo-hyun.
Yoo Kang-nam said, “I have a great desire to instill the image of maintaining it steadily to my fans, but I’m rather grateful for saying that,” and added, “Actually, weight loss is not a big challenge for me because I do it every offseason.”
Yoo started his professional career after being drafted by the LG Twins in the 2011 rookie draft, and moved to Lotte as a free agent last year. After sending Kang Min-ho, who had been the main catcher until 2017, to Samsung, Lotte eventually hired Yoo Kang-nam through the FA market for four years and 8 billion won (down payment of 4 billion won, annual salary of 3.4 billion won, option of 600 million won). Yoo recorded a batting average of 0.261 with 92 hits, 10 homers and 55 RBIs in 121 games in his first year as an FA, and was evaluated as below expectations considering the hefty price tag. However, Yoo showed off his strong performance including lead for pitchers and his unique framing. His batting performance in the second half of this year was sufficient to give expectations for next year.
“I was disappointed because both individual and team performance were not good last year. However, I will forget the bad memories and do my best under coach Kim Tae-hyung this year,” Yoo Kang-nam said. “The goal of the new season is to hit more than 20 home runs,” he said. “I will dedicate myself to making the top five.”
Yoo Kang-nam also promised to create a good environment for young players to grow. Recently, Lotte’s average age in its team has significantly decreased as Yoon Dong-hee and Kim Min-seok, as well as Son Sung-bin, Information Geun-hye and Jin Seung-hyeon have played in the first division in succession.
Yoo Kang-nam said, “Our team has a lot of young players, so senior players, including me, Jun-woo, Jung-hoon, and Jin-hyuk, should lead well,” adding, “We will help young pitchers blossom their skills, while trying to unite the entire team so that this year will be remembered as the best season for Lotte fans.”