“I thought this was an opportunity.”
Kim Dae-yu (32, KIA Tigers), a 14-year professional, made another transfer. On the 5th professional team, Kim Dae-yu is trying to prove himself.
On the 30th, Kim Dae-yu left for Tucson, Arizona, USA, where the team’s field training will be held through Incheon International Airport. Before leaving the country, he said, “It’s been a while since I went to the spring camp. I’m excited and worried. The players are all nice. Most of them are juniors, so I don’t think there will be any big problems with coming and talking to them and adapting.”
Kim Dae-yu has established a new home in the off-season KIA. He left the LG Twins as a free agent (free agent) compensation player for catcher Park Dong-won (33) and changed his uniform.
After transferring to LG, Kim Dae-yu was attracting great attention as his potential exploded. He had 37 holds in 90⅓ innings in 123 games over the past two years. He played a pivotal role in the LG bullpen, so this transfer was somewhat unexpected.
Kim Dae-yu said, “I was asleep at the time of the announcement of the transfer and received a call. Of course I was surprised, but I thought this was an opportunity. I think I will definitely do better than last year, and I think that last year is enough.”
When comparing the results of the last two years, Kim Dae-yu slowed down a little last year than in 2021. He had a lower earned run average, but was below the previous year in innings and holds. There was a thirst for a chance or a position.
Kim Dae-yu said, “I could have felt thirst, and of course I had to. But rather, I was able to put my mind down and broaden my horizons and take a different approach. I learned new things mentally and studied a lot on my own. After learning how to let go, I think I will have less trouble alone.”
KIA is full of talented left-handed pitchers. Starting with veteran Yang Hyeon-jong (35), there are Lee Jun-young (31), Kim Ki-hoon (23), Lee Eui-ri (21), and Choi Ji-min (20). Kim Dae-yu wants to create a synergistic effect by competing with them. “I also have to ask my teammates (know-how). (Yang) Hyeon-jong is the starter, and (Lee) Jun-young is in the bullpen. Last year, we pitched a lot of games, so we have to talk (know-how) together,” he said. However, the team can go up only when we go up together. We have to share good things and create results.” 안전놀이터
Finally, Kim Dae-yu expressed his gratitude to the KIA fans who welcomed him. “It’s a long distance when we play in Jamsil (LG home stadium), but KIA matches are always full,” he said. I made a promise and exercised several times. Visiting the stadium in person means having a passion. I thought that it should not be done easily,