The door came in and came back…Will fall open

Coincidentally, Hanwha went downhill after shortstop Ha Ju-seok (30) was injured. The main cause of the slump was a series of sluggish main players, but the absence of Ha Ju-seok, who had a good batting pace in the early days of the season, was also felt quite large.퀸알바

Ha had a batting average of 0.324 and an OPS of 0.773 in 11 games before he hurt his hamstring while trying to steal a base against Kiwoom in Gocheok on April 5. Ha had a batting average of 0.429, which was strong against chances. Ha, who had been rehabilitated for nearly two months, returned to his team through a game against Goyang in the Futures (second division) league on April 29.

While Ha Joo-seok was away, there was a huge change in the club. Hanwha, which had a disastrous record of 6 wins and 17 losses (0.240 win rate) in 23 games in April, rarely rebounded even in May, before falling to last place for a while. Choi Won-ho was virtually dismissed on the 27th of last month due to poor performance, and Kim Kyung-moon, the new coach, took office as the 14th head coach on the 2nd.

Since the appointment of Kim, Ha’s return to the main league has accelerated. Despite a long absence, Ha has maintained a good batting sense by recording a batting average of 0.579 in five Futures League games. However, he is not in a condition to play perfectly in defense, and will need more time before he returns to the main league.

Head coach Chung Kyung-bae, who served as acting coach, said ahead of the match against Samsung in Daegu on the 31st of last month, “Ha’s condition is about 80 percent,” adding, “The hitting is okay, but it is too much to defend.”

In the first two games of the Futures League, Ha only played as a designated hitter, and in the third game, he played shortstop defense in the second half of the game. Since then, he started as a shortstop in the second game and boosted his defense.

Ha joined the first team squad on Thursday when the inauguration ceremony of the new coach took place. After exchanging greetings with Kim at Hanwha Life Eagles Park in Daejeon, he went on an away trip to Suwon with the team. Kim reportedly wanted to check Ha’s physical condition in person. This shows Kim’s expectations for Ha.

Coach Kim said at the inauguration ceremony, “Since there are only 87 games left, I think we should use older players rather than younger ones in the future.”

This means that Hanwha will first deploy players with relatively more experience. If Ha shows his performance before leaving due to injury, which is in line with Kim’s plan, Hanwha will also have a more solid infield.

Right now, he needs to compete with Lee Do-yoon for the starting position. Lee expanded his position by showing stable performance in offense and defense in Ha’s absence.

It can also be seen that Ha Joo-seok and Lee Do-yoon form a keystone combination. A strong supporter has arrived at Hanwha, which has put its life and death on “Autumn Baseball.”

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