“I’m so excited.”
On the 4th, the Samsung Lions requested the public announcement of official player registration for one player. That player is outfielder Kim Sang-min (20) in his second year. Kim Sang-min, from Busan High School, joined the Samsung Lions in the 2022 2nd 8th round, 73rd.
Kim Sang-min showed his potential in the Futures League. He appeared in 75 games last season, where he had a .288 batting average with 47 hits, 16 RBI and 32 points. Samsung coach Park Jin-man, the current first-team coach, showed potential when he took over as Futures coach. I entered coach Park Jin-man’s radar network, and eventually stepped on the stage of the first team that I dreamed of.
On the day Kim Sang-min was registered, he also had a debut match. In the match against Kiwoom Heroes held at Samsung Lions Park in Daegu, he came out as a pinch hitter and scored 1 run, 1 walk and 1 at bat.
Kim Sang-min, who we met on the 4th, said, “I went to the dorm after a night workout yesterday (3rd), and I got a call around 9 o’clock. For a moment he thought it was a dream. He also pinched his cheeks. I was so excited,” he said. “Actually, it still feels like a dream. I couldn’t sleep. I woke up an hour earlier than usual.”
Kim Sang-min, who wore number 102 when he was with the Futures, chose number 25. The number 25 of the Lion Legion is a meaningful number. The number worn by Lotte Giants coach Bae Young-soo, who was with Samsung during its heyday. Coach Bae Young-soo was at Samsung from 2000 to 2014, and he was a legend who won 124 wins while he was there. He laughed, saying, “I only chose it because it was the lowest number.”
His role model is Ja-wook Koo, a key hitter at Samsung. It is an opportunity to see and learn from the side.
He said, “I try to ask a lot about what I lack. Even when he arrived earlier, he came up first and said hello. I also greeted comfortably.”
Still, the majority of baseball fans do not know what kind of player Kim Sang-min is.
Kim Sang-min said, “He is a player who can always be active on the ground, and he seems to always want to play baseball brightly. He also played right field in high school, but now he can play all three outfield positions.”
“I have confidence in hitting. When I was at Futures, coach Tachibana kept sticking with me and talking to me a lot. He gained confidence. Originally, my arms were high, but when I went to the first team, they said that I had a lot of fast balls, so I lowered my arms and hit, but it doesn’t seem bad.”먹튀검증
Lee Jae-hyun, who has established himself as Samsung’s main shortstop, and Kim Young-woong, who are getting opportunities, are the motives for joining. It was true that I was envious of them when they were playing in the first team.
Kim Sang-min said, “There is nothing to be nervous about. It’s something I’ve been dreaming of. Since last season, my motives have come up a lot. I was envious. Seeing that, I think I worked a little harder.”
Finally, “I actually see the players I liked when I was younger. These are players who appeared on TV, but now I also appear on TV. I will work as hard as I can in the first team so that I can enter the coach’s eye painting.”