“Two double plays → three-run” The 9 billion captain’s experience has completely changed Hanwha. “The goal of fall baseball is to meet fans’ expectations.”

Chae Eun-sung (34), who was hired by the Hanwha Eagles for the first time in seven years, made efforts to change many things about the Hanwha Eagles. With his team’s active recruitment along with his own efforts, Hanwha has changed beyond recognition this season.여우알바

Chae Eun-sung started as the fifth batter’s first baseman in an away game between LG and Shinhan SOL Bank in 2024 at Jamsil Stadium in Seoul on the 24th, and led his team to an 8-4 victory with two hits, three RBIs and two runs from four times at bat, including a wedge three-run home run in the top of the eighth inning.

Chae had multiple hits on the previous day as well, and finished the opening series basically in a good way with a batting average of 0.500 (four hits from eight times at bat), on-base percentage of 0.500, slugging percentage of 1.000, and OPS (on-base plus slugging percentage) of 1.500. It is also income that he balanced the gap with one win and one loss against LG, his former team and last year’s winner.

Recruited last year, Chae became a nagging player for younger players in the inexperienced Hanwha Eagles, and sometimes led by example. Since last year’s spring camp, he has volunteered to be Roh’s weight training partner. It is clear that Chae played a role in helping Noh establish himself as the fourth batter of the Korean national team along with two wins in batting average as the home run king and RBI king.

He finished the season with a batting average of 0.263, 23 homers and 85 RBIs. He also had some regrets in terms of individual performance. He hit the second-most homers since his debut, regardless of his batting average, but his performance was quite different from 118 RBIs in 2018, when he hit 25 homers. Considering that his batting average in the scoring position was 0.311 which far exceeded his performance in the season and was the best in his team, the record is truly regrettable.

It also meant that there was less time for a table to be served in front of Chae Eun-seong. There was Noh Si-hwan, but when Chae Eun-seong set the table at No. 3, Noh Si-hwan was No. 3, and Chae Eun-seong was No. 4, he hit a home run in the front at bat and the runner disappeared.

Things have changed a lot ahead of this season. The team focused on Ryu’s recruitment, but before that, it brought in An Chi-hong (34), an external free agent, for two consecutive years at 7.2 billion won (4+2 million U.S. dollars), and even hired Kim Kang-min (42) and Lee Jae-won (36), a catcher who was released from the SSG Landers, as the second draft, reducing Chae’s burden. In addition, he wore the captain’s armband to become an existing Eagles member who can further encourage his team members.

Expectations were high in Chae Eun-sung’s eyes, who said even before the start of the season, “I think I can look forward to the fall baseball this season.” The changes that Hanwha felt through the spring camp and exhibition games were significant. “While preparing for the season, I felt that the players had prepared much better than last year,” Chae Eun-sung said, “Now is the time to show the results, although growth is also growth. Everyone knows that well, so I think I prepared thoroughly. I think I gained a lot of confidence.” And I could clearly feel the reason with just the first two games.

Jonathan Peraza at No. 2, An Chi-hong at No. 3, and Noh Si-hwan at No. 4, followed by Chae Eun-seong at No. 5. After that, Moon Hyun-bin, now in his second year of experience, has displayed a completely different weight from last year. Opposing pitchers are not difficult to deal with as well.

Chae Eun-sung roars after hitting a decisive three-run home run.
Peraza is one of the hitters who showed the hottest hitting performance since the exhibition game. He hit multi hits for two consecutive days, but both hit home runs on Monday. An Chi-hong is a veteran hitter who needs no explanation, and Noh Si-hwan is now the most dreadful slugger in the KBO league. Naturally, Chae has many chances to return. It is not a situation in which we can easily avoid Chae because Moon Hyun-bin is standing behind us even when runners are not stacked up.

In fact, in the game on the 24th, although he stepped down with a double play in the second inning, the opponent’s starter Lim Chan-kyu failed to actively compete with Roh Si-hwan, allowing a walk, and a runner was placed in front of Chae Eun-sung. In the fifth inning, Chae Eun-sung, who coordinated his batting by hitting a double to left field as the leadoff batter, seemed to lose his pride with a double play in the sixth inning, but he gave up in the eighth inning.

Runners piled up in front of Chae again this time. After leading batter Im Jong-chan’s walk, LG automatically sent Peraza, who had hit two home runs, to the first base with an intentional four-pitch strike. Due to Roh’s timely hit, Im Jong-chan scored, and Chae Eun-seong was given the first and second bases with two outs. LG changed its pitcher to Yoo Young-chan, but Chae strongly pulled an outer slider at 135.7 kilometers per hour in favor of a 3-1 ball count, and hit a 126.4 meter homerun. Hanwha widened the score gap instantly to 7-2. It was effectively a decisive blow.

Chae Eun-sung (2nd from left) of the Hanwha Eagles high-fives with Roh Si-hwan after hitting a three-run home run in the top of the eighth inning in an away game against the LG Twins on the 24th. /Photo = Hanwha Eagles
After the game, manager Choi Won-ho said, “Captain Chae Eun-sung played a decisive role in solidifying the victory with a home run,” and praised, “The home run was a decisive shot today.”

Chae Eun-seong also bowed his head, saying, “I felt good because it was a home run that I could run away from important trends. I didn’t aim for it, and I think I was familiar with the previous pitching because it was a slider.”

I feel the Hanwha Eagles has become stronger than anyone else. “We have many good players and I know many fans have high expectations, but I think we need to satisfy them,” Chae Eun-seong said. “My goal is to play baseball in fall. I will work together with my teammates to achieve my goal. Personally, my goal is to complete the season without getting injured.”

As he said, his remark is full of confidence that if he completes a season without injury, he will be able to settle down in the fall baseball league. As such, his players have become more solid. The Hanwha Eagles’ lineup has changed to the extent that they have the opportunity to take responsibility for their team’s victory even after two double plays. And it is the changed Hanwha Eagles who have relieved Chae Eun-seong’s burden even further, which makes us expect his stellar performance this season.

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