Don’t get hurt. Are you going to get hurt again?” The 29-year-old first-place outfielder dreams of a healthy season

Kiwoom Heroes outfielder Lim Byung-wook (29) has been nominated by Nexen, Kiwoom’s forerunner, as the 2014 first nomination after graduating from Bae Myung-joong and Deok High School. He was highly anticipated since joining the team as a promising outfielder in the first nomination.

However, he always had regrets in pro baseball. He played in 508 games as a pro, recording a batting average of 0.261, 356 hits, 29 homers, 177 RBIs and 214 runs. He played in 134 games in the 2018 season, and posted a career-high season with 13 homers and 60 RBIs and 76 runs, but his performance in the seasons before and after that did not meet expectations.밤알바


He also struggled with injuries in the 2023 season, hitting only 0.260 54 hits, six homers, 36 RBIs and 30 runs in 80 games.

Is that why? Lim Byung-wook’s keyword this year is a healthy season without injuries.

“I want to play a healthy season without getting fit,” Lim said. “It is my personal wish to hit a double-digit home run, but the most important thing is not to get hurt. I have been thinking a lot about how much I can contribute to the team in a healthy state. I tried to sleep well and I put a lot of effort into stretching as well.”

Not only Lim Byung-wook but also his teammates and family want to see healthy Lim Byung-wook.

“Families are a given, and what (Kim) Hye-sung, (Song) Sung-moon, and (Cho) Sang-woo always say is, ‘Don’t get hurt, you’ll get hurt again.’ I’m grateful for your words and I’m alert about my body because I’m interested and close to each other. I feel reassured because you support me,” he said.

“I think it’s good to have experience in anything. I’ve had various experiences this off-season, and I’ve helped a lot in the training part as well,” he added.

There are some new rules to be introduced this year. The Automatic Ball-Strike System (ABS) has been introduced to enhance the accuracy of the referee’s decision, and defensive shifts are also restricted. Pitch clocks that encourage fast play by pitchers and hitters will also be piloted in the first half of the year.

“We have to see who will be helpful to. So far, I can’t say that batters are advantageous or pitchers are the only ones. Still, I think I should prepare in advance,” Lim said. “I will try my best to reduce the number of batters with long routines, and the players who didn’t have routines will have a lot of thoughts on how to fight.”

“My mindset is the same as last year. I just want to do my best,” Lim said. “I believe that it will get better once the regular season starts. Coach Oh Yoon, I am talking a lot with the analysis team. I want to stay healthy and play a healthy season without any injuries.”

As there is no Lee Jung-hoo this year, Lim Byung-wook’s role has grown. Let’s see if we can overcome our regrets.

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