SSG Landers fans are on the edge of their seats every time outfielder Ha Jae-hoon (32) takes the field.
He’s not afraid to get hurt, and because he puts his big bat on the ground, he’s often injured.
This year, he broke his shoulder blade while making a diving catch during a spring training scrimmage and didn’t make the first team until late May.
In June, he broke his finger trying to steal a base and was sidelined again for over a month before returning in late July.
When asked by fans, “Please don’t make diving catches,” he replied, “Hustle plays are the beauty of baseball, so it’s not fun without them. It comes automatically,” he laughed.
In the home game against the Kiwoom Heroes at SSG Landers Field in Incheon on April 30, Ha Jae-hoon started in the sixth spot in left field and went 3-for-4 with a home run, five RBIs and one walk to lead the team to an 11-7 victory.
It was Ha’s first career five-hit game in the KBO and his first three-game homer streak.
Ha hit his sixth three-run arch of the season in the fourth inning to extend the lead from 3-2 to 6-2.
It was such a valuable hit that SSG head coach Kim Won-hyung said after the game, “(Ha) Jae-hoon’s home run today played a crucial role in winning the game.”
“The moment it hit, it was a little high, but I thought it was enough,” Ha recalled of the home run.
Ha is batting .274 with six home runs and 19 RBIs this season, providing SSG’s offense with a long arm.
“The exact details are a trade secret, so I’m not commenting,” he said, laughing when asked about the technical advice he received from seniors like Choo Shin-soo and Kim Kang-min.
“Our team has a culture where the seniors always come to us first and tell us what we did well, and if we did something wrong, we fix it together,” he said.
Ha’s challenge for the rest of the season will be to maintain his hot batting form.
“It’s a feeling that goes up and down. It’s harder than anything in the world when you don’t feel good,” he said, adding, “I’ll try to keep it up when it’s up.” 카지노사이트