Oh Jae-il’s head of KT adaptation, “Slowly, because we have time”

On May 28, the KBO League was rocked by a massive trade. It was because of the exchange of players’ names. KT handed over Park Byung-ho, the representative home run hitter in the league, and Samsung sent Oh Jae-il, the left-handed slugger, to the opposite division. Although not a franchise star, the news came as a free agent and they were reborn as hitters representing each team, which had huge impact on their transfer.업소알바

Oh Jae-il’s eventful voyage from the KBO League reached the Wizards University. Having been drafted by Hyundai 24th overall in the second and third rounds of the 2005 KBO rookie draft, Oh continued his career at the Nexen Heroes (currently Kiwoom) through the 2011 season. He later joined the Doosan Bears in a trade and became the first free agent in his career, building a new home for Samsung. Then, he underwent another trade.

He had a total batting average of 0.274 (1,182 hits in 4,317 times at bat) in the 17 seasons, 209 homers and 843 RBIs, and a veteran-like report card. Even after playing every game, however, he could not avoid the aging curve. He posted a career-low batting average of 0.203 (64 hits in 315 times at bat) with 11 homers last season, and he had a batting average of 0.234 (15 hits in 64 times at bat) with three homers and eight RBIs this year before moving to the team.

Against this backdrop, I hope this trade will serve as an inflection point. “I will do my best in the role that you gave me every day, rather than being greedy for the main battle,” Oh Jae-il said after the trade. “If I get good results, I will be able to play a lot of games. Even if I can’t play well, I will do what I have to do for my juniors. Above all, I want to have more fun playing baseball.”

He made a fresh start with strong commitment, but suddenly transferring was not an easy task even for veteran Baek. He had a batting average of 0.122 (5 hits in 41 times at bat) in his first 17 games with KT. It was comforting to get two home runs, but due to the sense of hit that he failed to recover, he also had more opportunities to play as pinch hitter.

Then, he begins to stretch little by little. The team held three consecutive games against the Lotte Giants at its home Suwon Samsung Blue Jays for three days from Wednesday last week served as an opportunity. He started as a first baseman with the fourth baseman, and contributed to his team’s victory by making two hits and two RBIs from four times at bat. He also started the game on Tuesday, and had multi hits (two hits from five times at bat) again. On Tuesday, he made a timely hit as a pinch hitter, and even created an RBI by running away.

The season is almost half way away. Even if it is a little slow, it is welcome news that the team is showing signs of recovery. “Now I have adapted a lot to the team. I am doing well with my elders,” KT manager Lee Kang-chul also nodded. Of course, it is too early to make a conclusion about revival. Steady performances should be added. “Slowly, because we have time,” the coach said, sending a message of consideration to veterans.

Fortunately, he has the luxury to wait for his revival. This is because Moon Sang-chul, who is showing off his talent at the KT’s first base, is playing for his career high with a batting average of 0.275 (56 hits in 204 times at bat), 11 homers and 32 RBIs. However, as this is the first full-time season, KT’s best scenario is to have resources to run on the first base to generate synergies. Oh Jae-il, who should be the hero, has started a new challenge.

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