Finally putting his head down and joining the first team… Starting the season at shortstop, but hoping for the ‘Ha-Joo Suk effect’

“First, I would like to sincerely apologize to anyone who may have been disappointed by my misbehavior. I am deeply remorseful and I am determined not to make the same mistakes in the future. I will live my life with hard work, and I apologize once again.”

Hanwha Eagles shortstop Ha Joo-seok (29) was named to the first team roster on the 11th. He joined the first team in time for the final three-game series of the first half against the LG Twins. His last game with the first team was on Oct. 8 against the Changwon NC Dinos, the last game of the regular season last year. Ha bowed his head in apology to the fans at Jamsil Baseball Stadium in Seoul on Oct. 11.

The situation is very different from last season, when he was the irreplaceable starting shortstop. Ha will start as a backup to Lee Do-yoon, who is the starting shortstop.

Coach Choi Won-ho said, “When Lee Do-yoon comes to bat in tight situations, he can’t hit comfortably with his right hand. In such cases, we will use Ha to defend him well in the second half.”안전놀이터

No problems with the feel of the game. Played in four practice games and two official games. Went 1-for-6 in two away games against the Goyang Heroes. I had one home run and one double. It was expected that it would take time to get back to hitting normally, but he adapted quickly.

Ha served a 70-game suspension for drunk driving late last year. Since his suspension ended two weeks ago, he has been playing in the Futures League to get a feel for the game.

“He became more serious about baseball,” said Choi Won-ho.

He joined the team before the end of the first half, but is expected to make a big contribution to the team in the second half. Ha’s defense at shortstop is among the best in the KBO. His batting ability is also a step above that of other shortstops, and his arrival gives the team more depth at shortstop, including veteran Oh Sun-jin, 34, who is preparing to return from the second team.

Ha hit .258 (115-for-445) with six home runs, 58 RBI, 50 runs scored and 20 stolen bases in 125 games last year.

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