On the first day of the call-up, there is a player who played an active role by posting his first RBI in his debut. This is outfielder Hong Seong-ho (26, Doosan).스포츠토토
Hong Seong-ho started as a left fielder in the home game against the Hanwha Eagles in the 2023 SOL KBO League held at Jamsil Stadium in Seoul on the 8th and recorded 2 hits and 1 RBI in 3 at-bats.
He scored a timely hit against Hanwha starter Kim Min-woo at the end of the second inning, which was 0-0, and became Doosan’s first point and the main character of the final hit that day. It was also the RBI for Hong Seong-ho’s first-team debut.
He also got on base in his second at-bat. In the bottom of the 4th inning, in a one-out situation, Kim Min-woo’s fastball was attacked and the ball was sent to the center fielder, but it became a hit as Hanwha center fielder Moon Hyun-bin lost the batted ball. Moon Hyun-bin ran to the edge of the fence, but the ball landed far ahead. Hong Seong-ho, who did not miss this, ran to second base and became his first double hit in his debut.
Before being called up, Seongho Hong played an active part in 36 games in the 2nd team with a batting average of 0.358 (49 hits in 137 at-bats), 8 homers, 36 RBIs, 29 stolen bases, and an OPS of 1.024.
Because he was a good hitter in the Futures League, the first-team coaching staff couldn’t ignore Hong Seong-ho. Before the game, coach Lee Seung-yeop explained, “I was thinking of pitching because there was no Gwak Bin, but Hong Seong-ho is so good right now. I’m going to start right away.” “he said. Then, he said, “I couldn’t do it at the spring camp. Comparing today’s practice with the finish camp, I really improved a lot,” he did not hide his satisfaction.
It was as the commander said. His multi-hit and his first RBI in his debut brought the team victory.
Hong Seong-ho, who met with reporters after the game, said, “As soon as I came to the first team today, coach Lee Seung-yeop and coaches said, ‘Think of this as the second team and run comfortably.’ .
In particular, Hong Seong-ho drew attention as the player who gave Hanwha super rookie Kim Seo-hyun the first home run in the Futures League. On April 9, in the 6th inning of the Futures League with Hanwha held in Seosan, he hit a solo shot against Kim Seo-hyun.
Hong Seong-ho, who looked back at the time, recalled, “I didn’t know if it was the first home run. First of all, I thought I would only throw a fastball because the ball was fast, and I hit it right away.”
He wasn’t impatient with being in District 2. he is “‘ If I do well, the 1st team will call me,’ and I focused only on the 2nd team match. I tried to do well somehow, and I wanted to make good grades,” he emphasized.
At the same time, he also expressed his gratitude to the coaching staff of the 2nd team. Hong Seong-ho said, “Lee Jung-hoon, coach of the 2nd division, and the batting coaches focused on me. Whether I did well or not in the game, I continued to train together, and the results seem to have come out today. I want to express my gratitude to the coaches and coaches.” said goodbye.
Hong Seo-ho said, “Today, only a short ball came out, but next time I want to hit a big ball and please the eyes of the fans.” I wish I had one. I will try my best to occupy a spot.”