“It seems that changes are necessary to prevent personal injury and not to create another controversy,” said Kiwoom Heroes director Hong Won-ki at the ‘2023
Shinhan Bank SOL KBO’ held at Gocheok Sky Dome in Seoul on the 20th. In an interview before the game with the ‘League’ Samsung Lions, “It seems that Kim Dong-heon has become a big issue. He may have a hitting mechanism that he has been doing since he was young, but he thinks it is a part that needs to be fixed.” 스포츠토토
In the game against Samsung on the 19th, Kim Dong-heon went on base with a ball that hit Samsung relief pitcher Lee Seung-hyun’s fastball in the 9th inning. Kiwoom succeeded in scoring with Kim Dong-heon’s on-base starting point, making the score 5-5 and leading the game to overtime. However, the game was lost 5-9 after a game that went into overtime in the 12th inning.
The problem was that the moment Kim Dong-hun hit Lee Seung-hyun’s fastball, he lowered his elbow and raised questions about whether he was intentionally hit by the ball. Samsung catcher Kang Min-ho and manager Park Jin-man both protested, but the decision was not overturned. In the KIA game on the 15th, Kim Dong-hun got a ball that fit his body in a similar scene to Yoon Young-cheol.
Director Hong Won-ki said, “Kim Dong-heon originally starts with his elbows low when performing take-back moves or batting. So, there seems to be such a misunderstanding. However, he needs to adjust his hitting position to avoid injury himself. However, it is not easy for him to suddenly fix it during the season, so he will have to consult with his hitting coach.”
Some criticize that Kim Dong-heon was intentionally hit by a ball. Regarding this, director Hong Won-ki said, “Anyway, it happened at Better Box. It’s hard to think of going in to get hit when there’s a risk of injury. I’m not talking about it because I’m a player on our team. When avoiding the ball, Kim Dong-heon does not turn around and lowers his posture, so it seems that way.”
Manager Hong Won-ki, who revealed that he did not specifically talk to Kim Dong-heon about this issue, said, “We plan to deliver it through the hitting coach. He emphasized, “I think a change is necessary to prevent his own injury and not to create another controversy.”