Hanwha Eagles Kim Seo-hyun (19) returned to spring training with an official apology.
Prior to the spring camp training held at Bell Bank Park in Mesa, Arizona, USA on the 11th (Korean time), Kim Seo-hyun bowed her head, saying, “The fans have given me a lot of expectations, but I’m sorry for disappointing them after seeing them live up to their expectations.”
Kim Seo-hyun, who was recently known to have posted complaints mixed with profanity towards the coaching staff and fans on her private SNS account, was criticized by fans. Hanwha issued a 3-day training exclusion and a fine to Kim Seo-hyun, who caused controversy.
Kim Seo-hyun, who conducted personal training at the club’s dormitory for four days from the 7th to the 10th, including the rest day, picked up the pace by lightly pitching the bullpen right after his return on this day. Hanwha said, “Kim Seo-hyun did not officially pitch in the bullpen. As he did not pitch for 4 days, he conducted a short pitching program to learn the feel of the mound and the ball. Kim Seo-hyun made the request, and there were concerns about injuries due to sudden pitching, so it can be seen that 13 short pitches were conducted rather than formal pitching.” 메이저놀이터
Kim Seo-hyun’s will is hot enough to suddenly request bullpen pitching. He stopped training for three days, but it is not expected to be a fatal problem in preparation for the season. However, what is important is what kind of mindset Kim Seo-hyun has in continuing her professional career.
Director Son Hyuk, who watched Kim Seo-hyun’s team training process that day, said, “I don’t think practice, training, or physical condition are important right now.” He said, “It is important that this does not happen again in the future.”
Kim Seo-hyun, who was selected as the first overall pick in the first round of the 2023 rookie draft, is recognized by everyone for his talent. In his first bullpen pitching, the highest speed was 151 km/h, and his powerful pitch is excellent. However, through this incident, Kim Seo-hyun also realized that in order to become a professional baseball player, one cannot simply play baseball well.
“I will make sure this never happens again. He is basic before being a baseball player, and I will work hard to become a more mature person than I am now,” said Kim Seo-hyun, who said, “In order to receive forgiveness from fans, she will have to show a different side of herself in the future.