The Australian professional baseball league team Geelong Korea, made up of Korean players, has returned. I came back with a valuable experience. Among them, there are players who have regained lost confidence.
The Geelong Korea team returned home at 1:55 pm via Incheon International Airport on the 23rd. Geelong Korea, led by coach Lee Byeong-kyu, returned with a record of 13 wins and 27 losses this season. It is the club’s best record ever.
KIA Tigers left-hander Choi Ji-min (20) showed remarkable growth in Australia. He participated in 17 games, the third most among Geelong Korean pitchers, posting 2 saves and 3 holds with an average ERA of 1.47, helping the team to win. 먹튀검증
Choi Ji-min recorded the lowest ERA after Koo Dae-seong (54), who was in his 50s and was invincible. He met the reporters right after his return to Korea and said, “I am satisfied that I came back without injury,” and “It is better because there are good results. Over the course of last year’s season, his confidence has plummeted. He didn’t do well. While playing in Australia, he regained his confidence because opponent hitters were not hitting well,” he said.
Choi Ji-min made his debut in the first team last year, when he was a newbie, and played in 6 games and threw 6 innings, posting an earned run average of 13.50. He made his debut against the LG Twins on April 2 last year, and he was scolded with 5 runs in 1 inning. However, with the experience accumulated in Australia this time, it is expected to be a new hope for the KIA bullpen in the 2023 season.
He said, “Australian players are trying to hit aggressively. As a result, they reacted to similar balls. This was easier,” he said. “The redemption came out better. The effort seems to have paid off. Living in Australia itself was fun.”
He also sought valuable advice from his senior colleague, Koo Dae-sung. “I wanted to throw the changeup perfectly. So he asked for advice on how to throw. He said, ‘Find the one that suits you by trying various grips and throw it.’ He pledged to take that advice and study during spring camp to make it more perfect.”
I studied the type of pitch, but just watching a great senior on the mound in my 50s was a learning experience in itself. Choi Ji-min said, “I learned a lot just by watching from the side. It was good,” he said. He then promised, “Now that I have had such a good experience, I will show you a better image.”
Meanwhile, Geelong Korea recorded 7 wins and 33 losses in the 2018-2019 season, when it first entered the Australian Professional League, and recorded 11 wins and 29 losses in the 2019-2020 season. In the third season, although they failed to advance to the postseason, they broke the club’s best record in the regular season and the team’s most 4 consecutive wins.
After skipping the last two seasons due to the corona pandemic, he achieved results with the most wins and the highest win rate (.325) in the third season. A total of 50 players, 25 pitchers and 25 batters, played 40 games.