To revive “Little Lee Dae-ho,” the original Joseon batter No. 4 Lee Dae-ho rolled up his sleeves. Han Dong-hee (24), who experienced the worst 2023 season, also started off-season in earnest.
Lee Dae-ho previously reported through his YouTube channel Lee Dae-ho [RE:DAEHO] on the 30th of last month that he will take his close juniors, including Han Dong-hee and Jung-hoon (36), to Kang Jung-ho Baseball Academy in Los Angeles. On the channel, Lee Dae-ho said, “Because (Kang) Jung-ho succeeded in the Major League, and the batting theory was rumored to be good,” expressing his willingness to revive Han Dong-hee even by training together and having him take lessons from outside experts.헤라카지노주소
There is an urgent need for the revival of Han Dong-hee for Lotte’s 2024 season. After the end of last year’s season, Lee Dae-ho said on his YouTube that “Han Dong-hee should be the fourth hitter for Lotte. He is a player with great potential. I think I need to change Han Dong-hee. I will raise Han Dong-hee.”
Han Dong-hee, whom I met at the closing camp held last year, also said, “I decided to train with Lee Dae-ho during the winter,” adding, “It’s an honor and I’m grateful that he takes care of me. I have a strong feeling that I have to do well.”
In fact, that much anticipation was high. Han Dong-hee graduated from Daeyeon Elementary School, Gyeongsangnam-do Middle School, and Gyeongsangnam-do High School in Busan, and joined Lotte with the first nomination in 2018. Han Dong-hee, who had been sluggish for two seasons since joining the team, settled in the first division in earnest with 17 home runs/67 RBIs and an OPS of 0.797 in 135 games in 2020. In the following year, in the 2021 season, Han Dong-hee recorded 17 home runs/69 RBIs and an OPS of 0.807, which seemed to make a soft landing in the first division.
In 2022, the last season he played with Lee Dae-ho, Han seemed to have greater potential. He posted a career-high 0.307 batting average for the first division in 129 games, posting the best performance with 14 homers and 65 RBIs and an OPS of 0.817. Notably, he was named the monthly MVP in April 2022 by posting a batting average of 0.427/7 homers and 22 RBIs in 24 games.
Compared to the tremendous start, the season ended up with a lackluster performance due to the latter, but he certainly showed the best performance in terms of accuracy, raising expectations for an explosion in the 23rd season. However, Han Dong-hee had the worst season beyond career path last season. He had a batting average of 0.223/5 home runs/32 RBIs in 108 games, and his OPS was 0.583, lower than that of the rookie season.
Han Dong-hee was also frustrated and disappointed in 2023, as he was the successor to the fourth batter of the Joseon Dynasty, which many people expected, including Lotte legend Lee Dae-ho. “Daeho (Lee) always took good care of me, and I should have done better (after he retired),” Han Dong-hee said after expressing his regret, “I’m sorry I couldn’t. He always taught me a lot and knows me well. I think I’m following him more because the styles are similar,” he said, explaining the reason he was with Lee Dae-ho.
Coincidentally, he has been sluggish with his worst career performance since Lee Dae-ho’s departure, but he is aiming for a clear revival in the 2023 season.
Han Dong-hee’s model is the revival of Son Ah-seop (NC Dinos), who washed away the slump in the 2022 season with the help of “Gangjeong-ho School” and became the first batting champion and No. 1 hit player in the 2023 season.
Han Dong-hee’s revival is essential for Lotte, which aims to leap forward and win the 2024 season with “winning contractor” coach Kim Tae-hyung, and for many people’s expectations.