Director Lee Seung-yeop’s special praise… Yang Eui-ji backs up, Ahn Seung-han leads
- on Feb 22, 2023
The Doosan Bears brought Yang Eui-ji (36), an air defense and catcher who became a free agent (FA) ahead of the 2023 season. As Park Se-hyuk (33), who wore a mask for the past four years (2019-2022) when Yang Eui-ji left for the NC Dinos, wears an NC uniform, the wind of change is blowing in the Doosan home.메이저놀이터
Yang Eui-ji is a catcher with the highest level of ability on both offense and defense. Of course, the starting line is his. However, one catcher cannot sustain a long race of 144 games per team. Park Se-hyeok also served as Yang Eui-ji’s backup for a long time and grew into one of the best catchers in the league. Even in the new season, that position is an indispensable point in Doosan’s power. This is also the reason why Doosan coach Lee Seung-yeop took Yang Eui-ji, Ahn Seung-han (31), Jang Seung-hyeon (29), Park Yoo-yeon (25), and Yoon Jun-ho (23) five catchers to the spring camp.
With Yang Eui-ji training in Arizona, USA, the camp site of the 5th World Baseball Classic (WBC) national team, the competition among backup catchers intensified. The most notable figure at this point is Ahn Seung-han. He is a 10-year catcher who joined KT Wiz as a special rookie nomination in the 2014 season, but his first team appearances are all 66 games. Of these, he played 30 games wearing a Doosan uniform last season. He awoke himself with the determination, “Let’s do it without a wish, with the determination that this is really the last time.”
Thanks to his presence, he got an opportunity to prepare steadily starting from spring camp this year. He worked diligently in all training, and on the 19th, he played 9 innings in an evaluation match with the Australian Professional Baseball (ABL) All-Stars, receiving praise from manager Lee for “stablely leading the pitchers.”
Mindset to sacrifice for the team. This is the most necessary virtue for catchers. Ahn Seung-han feels more joy in seeing the team grow stronger than in his own performance. He said, “I am satisfied that preparations for the season are going well as planned,” but “I am more than happy to confirm that our pitchers’ balls are generally good.”
After being released from KT right after the 2021 season, the second act of baseball life was reopened with difficulty. Ahn Seung-han is enjoying each day. He also did not forget his promise, “I will do my best as I do now for the rest of the camp.”