Lotte has set up a spring camp in Guam since the 1st and is preparing ambitiously for the 2023 season.카지노
While the players are sweating hotly to advance to the fall baseball of the new season, there is one player who leads the camp atmosphere. It is Ahn Kwon-soo (30), an outfielder who moved to Lotte after being released from Doosan last winter.
Ahn Kwon-soo appears with a smile from the moment he goes to work at the spring camp training ground. When training begins, he encourages his teammates with the most fighting voice.
Not only this. After completing his training schedule, he spends long hours in the trainer’s room talking to his teammates. He wants to get close to the Lotte players in a short time. An official from the club hinted, “Ahn Kwon-soo is the most popular in this field training.”
Ahn Kwon-soo, who was born and raised in Japan, is a third-generation Korean-Japanese. He is not yet fluent in Korean, but he tries to communicate without using Japanese as much as possible. He even responds in Korean to club staff who speak in Japanese.
Regarding the reason he does this, Ahn Kwon-soo laughed, saying, “Although that’s his personality, he is screaming as hard as he can with the thought ‘if my voice can help to revive the team atmosphere’.”
Ahn Kwon-soo, who graduated from Waseda Technical High School in Japan, was not nominated as a pro and played in independent leagues, then wore a Doosan uniform in the 2020 KBO League Rookie Draft with the 99th rank in the 2nd 10th round. After his twists and turns, he was full of passion as he stepped on the stage of the KBO League.
Ahn Kwon-soo, who showed potential by playing 68 games in the 2020 season and 87 games in the 2021 season, his debut season, recorded a batting average of 0.297 and 20 RBIs in 76 games in the 2022 season. And I received a notice from Doosan that the contract renewal was not possible.
The team that reached out to Ahn Kwon-soo was Lotte. When Lotte recruited Ahn Kwon-soo in early December of last year, he explained, “We decided that he would contribute to strengthening the team’s outfield.”
For Ahn Kwon-soo, Lotte is the team that allowed him to continue his baseball life in Korea. That’s why I love you even more.
Ahn Kwon-soo’s goal for the new season is also the team’s goal, not personal figures. “My goal is for the team to win,” he said ambitiously.
Since winning the Korean Series in 1992, Lotte has not lifted the championship trophy for over 30 years. It was 2017 that he recently entered fall baseball, six years ago.
Ahn Kwon-soo was well aware of Lotte’s wish. He said, “I know that 2017 is the last fall baseball,” and “I will try my best to go to at least fall baseball.”
Lotte actively recruited external resources through a free agent (FA) contract during the off-season. 17 billion won was spent on the total recruitment of free agents such as catcher Yoo Kang-nam, infielder Noh Jin-hyuk, and pitcher Han Hyun-hee. Ahn Kwon-soo conveyed the atmosphere of the team, saying, “I think there are so many good members.”
Busan is a place where baseball is so popular that it is called ‘Kudo’. Sajik Baseball Stadium is called ‘the largest karaoke room on earth’.
However, in recent years, it has not been easy to cheer for Corona 19, and the team performance has not made fans happy. Ahn Kwon-soo is determined to bring the ‘fighting’ from the spring camp to the Sajik Stadium. He said, “I will do my best to make Busan exciting this year.”