“I’ve been saying it’s me…” First half MVP picked by Jeon Kyung-ki’s traveller Reyes and head coach Kim Tae-hyung

Lotte Giants manager Kim Tae-hyung (57) looked back on the first half of the year ahead of the conclusion with the rebound accelerated. He cited foreign hitters as the player he is most grateful for and the player he wants to praise.스포츠토토

Through May, Lotte ranked 10th in the league. It lost six games in seven games in March, and ranked 9th in the winning rate in April. However, young batters have been on the rise since May, and in June, when the team established a clear lineup, it ranked 1st in winning rate (0.607). Amid the all-time competition for the ranking, the team narrowed the gap between fifth place (SSG Landers) and three games, entering July. It lost 8-13 at the Doosan Bears match in Jamsil on Thursday, failing to win six consecutive games, but remained strong in the beginning.

Lotte’s players Hwang Seong-bin (outfielder), Ko Seung-min (outfielder), Son Ho-young, Park Seung-wook (infielders), and Na Seung-yeop (infielders), who were rarely seen as the main players before, burst into potential in succession. All of them showed off their presence to the extent that it was difficult to select a specific player.

Coach Kim Tae-hyung also praised young players who have gained experience and have stabilized well. However, when asked to rank the best in the first half of the season, he cited Victor Reyes, a 30-year-old foreign hitter.

After eight years as Doosan manager in 2015, he served as a commentator for one year (2023) after the termination of his contract, before being appointed as Lotte manager again. Prior to that, he served as both battery manager and senior coach. During that time, he experienced many foreign players.

Coach Kim’s evaluation of foreign players was largely due to business relationships. It was read that he had received more money than domestic players, so he had to produce results that much. When such a foreign player tried to cheat, he was cold-hearted.

Is this the reason behind this? Coach Kim Tae-hyung’s selection of Reyes as MVP in the first half of the year drew attention. Of course, there is a good reason for that. He did well for now. He had a batting average of 0.349 (107 hits in 307 times at bat), seven homers, 67 RBIs, 42 runs scored, on-base percentage of 0.502, and 0.386 on-base percentage in 78 games he played through June. He was third in batting average, second in hits and fourth in RBIs. He also had the third highest batting average (0.413) among batters in the batting league with 100 or more at-bats. He also played in all games that his team played.

Coach Kim Tae-hyung said, “He has consistently done well from the beginning. It is not easy for a foreign player to play so hard in all games. I am grateful. I want to compliment him.” His performance is good, but he kept the lineup even when his team’s main players were out due to injuries. He seems to have judged that he is a good foreign player who manages his body and has responsibility. In fact, the expression on the coach Kim Tae-hyung’s face was like that.

“When I was asked to select MVP in the first half of the season, I always said it was me. It’s a bit inappropriate to pick one person in particular,” Kim said. He is usually stingy in compliments, but it was rare to praise a specific player. Such manager Kim Tae-hyung picked foreign players.

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