“It’s a duty, not a goal, to advance to the semifinals.” Ryu Hyun-jin’s return to Hanwha is enormous

Ryu’s return to the mound will have enormous impact. Hanwha, which successfully escaped the rock bottom for three consecutive years last year, has its sights set on the fall stage. Noh Si-hwan, who won two homeruns and RBIs last year, regarded advancing to the semifinals as an obligation, not a goal.

Ryu, who became a free agent after completing a four-year contract with the Toronto Blue Jays, has reached an agreement with the Hanwha Eagles in a big way. The official announcement was not made due to the need for detailed coordination.

Noh Si-hwan, who entered Okinawa, Japan, where the second spring camp was set up on the 21st after the first spring camp in Melbourne, Australia, said, “I met Lotte and Doosan players (who are heading to the second spring camp in Japan) while transferring at Incheon International Airport, and they said, ‘Ryu Hyun-jin is here, and I think we will do well this year.’ I said calmly, ‘The results will be known only when the season starts,’ and I didn’t show much.”꽁머니사이트

However, what he was thinking was different. “Everyone said they are dark horses (about our team). They aimed to advance to the top five for this season even before Ryu arrived. With Ryu coming, wouldn’t it be possible even if the team is higher? Now, advancing to the top five is not a goal, but a result that we must achieve?” he stressed.

[OSEN = Melbourne (Australia), Reporter Park Joon-hyung] The Hanwha Eagles held a spring camp at Melbourne Ball Park in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia on the 2nd (Korea time). The Hanwha team arrived on the 30th of last month and rested until the 31st, and began to take a three-day break in training from the 1st. Ahn Chi-hong and Kim Kang-min are smiling as they talk. 2024.02.02 / soul1014@osen.co.kr

Hanwha has properly strengthened its capacity throughout the winter. It recruited An Chi-hong from the FA market, and brought in Kim Kang-min (outfielder) and Lee Jae-won (catcher) from SSG to fill its vulnerable positions. Many pointed out that while there were many young and competent players, there were not enough veterans to lead the team, but the team has achieved ideal harmony between new and old.

“Just by looking at Ahn Chi-hong and Kim Kang-min joining the team, I think the players have to pay back because the team also invested a lot. I think the players have to show it,” Noh emphasized.

Noh, who joined Hanwha in 2019, has never played with Ryu. He was the object of admiration that can be seen on TV. I still can’t believe that he will be wearing the same uniform as Ryu, whom he first met at the spring camp in Geoje, South Gyeongsang Province two years ago.

“I went to school in Busan and we weren’t close to each other. I didn’t expect to play in the same team, but I thought it was really cool to see them advance to the U.S.,” Noh said. “I didn’t expect to play in the same team, and I can’t believe it. We used to play in the camp together in Geoje Island, but now that we are playing in the same team, I have high expectations.”

“(Ryu Hyun-jin) is a senior who pranks a lot, laughs a lot, and suits him well. He is the oldest in the team now, but he talks to me well and approaches me in a friendly way, making me comfortable, so I don’t think I will have any difficulty adjusting to the situation. I think junior players will follow me well and if I agree with them, I will be able to show good performance.”

[OSEN = Gwangju, Reporter Kim Sung-rak] On the afternoon of the 26th, a game between the KIA Tigers and the Hanwha Eagles in the 2023 Shinhan Bank SOL KBO League was held at KIA Champions Field in Gwangju. In the top of the third inning, Hanwha Noh Si-hwan with two outs and a runner on the second base hits a timely RBI. 2023.08.26 / ksl0919@osen.co.kr

[OSEN = Jamsil, Reporter Cho Eun-jung] Hanwha Noh Si-hwan, with no outs and a first base, is running around the base after hitting a two-run home run to the left in the top of the sixth inning. 2023.09.02 /cej@osen.co.kr

As a troubleshooter for the Hangzhou Asian Games team last year, Noh Si-hwan made a big contribution to winning the gold medal and became the league’s best slugger by topping home runs and RBIs.

There is no satisfaction for Ryu. “Now I think I’m the only one who can do well. Ryu has so much experience and career. If I continue to do as much as I did last year, the fans will see what they want,” Ryu said. “I want to do better, but I can’t guarantee that baseball will help.”

“If you have more than 20 home runs, I personally think it will be okay. I think you need to hit more RBIs than home runs. There is a high probability that I will be placed in the center of the lineup, and RBI means that I will get points, so I will have a big role to play when there is a runner,” he said.

Hanwha won a practice match against the Australian national team held at Ballpark in Melbourne, Australia on Saturday and Sunday. “I prepared well in my own way, but as I was playing the game, I felt that our players were well prepared in general. They all performed well even though it was my first time playing against Australia. I’m looking forward to it,” Noh said with a big smile.

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