Ko Young-woo, a new face in Kiwoom, said, “My passion during baseball was the same.”

Kiwoom, the epitome of “plural baseball,” has a new face again. College graduate rookie infielder Ko Young-woo didn’t miss the opportunity caused by injuries to his main players.

Ko played in 12 games as of Sunday, displaying batting skills with a batting average of 0.385 and earning acceptance points for his third-base defense. In the first game of the doubleheader against Doosan on Sunday, he made a strong impression by making three hits and three RBIs from five times at bat. In addition, he had multiple hits including a double at the match against KIA on Sunday, continuing his streak of hits in four consecutive games.업소알바

“I only imagined it,” Ko said ahead of the match against KIA in Gocheok on the day. “I don’t usually show my expression on the field, but on the day when I had three hits, I naturally looked happy and happy.” The coach also showed a happy reaction to Ko’s performance as he is filling the third baseman position well.

Kiwoom manager Hong Won-ki said, “Ko Young-woo has been showing good performance in both defense and offense since the closing camp. In particular, the third base defense is more stable than the existing main players, so I think he will play a big role in our team’s infield in the future.”

Ko graduated from Kyungnam High School and went to Sungkyunkwan University as he failed to win a professional nomination. Although he was criticized for lacking in defense during his high school years, he caught the eye of Kiwoom scouts by sharpening his defense skills during his four years in college. As a result, he will wear Kiwoom’s uniform No. 39 in the fourth round of the 2024 professional baseball rookie draft. “I was always confident as I was in defense,” Ko stressed.

He also has a special history before joining the professional league. When he was a student at Sungkyunkwan University, he appeared on the baseball entertainment program “The Greatest Baseball.” He was a so-called “part-time job player” who was called up when his main player was out due to injury, but showed extraordinary passion. He voluntarily participated in training even on days when the production team was not called, and became an official player as he was named the MVP of the Korea-Japan Jangshin Competition.

“I trained passionately because I wanted to learn something more when I was playing the strongest baseball,” Ko said. When asked jokingly, “Did you participate in the training even if you didn’t call me because of my portion?” he replied, “I actually had a bit of greed for broadcasting.” Having transferred his passion from his days in the strongest baseball to professional baseball, he explained, “Even now, I come early before the team starts training, and I am always doing my best to play the game.”

Ko Young-woo, who became a strong supporter when Kiwoom groaned due to a string of major players’ injuries at the beginning of the season, vowed, “I will fill the empty spots of the players who are injured well,” and “I want to finish the season well in the first division this year without injuries.”

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