Reporter Lee Myung-dong = “I want to play well against Chang-mo Koo and Young-gyu Kim.”
Noh Jin-hyeok (33) strengthened his will to win against his former team, NC Dinos, at the Lotte entrance ceremony held at the Busan Sapphire Room, Lotte Hotel in Busanjin-gu, Busan on the morning of the 19th.
He said, “Ko Chang-mo and Kim Young-gyu have good balls,” and “I want to hit the balls of the two pitchers once. I want to play well in a confrontation.”
He also introduced the former colleague’s subtle caution, saying, “Yesterday in Masan, Koo Chang-mo and Kim Young-gyu worked out together. Both are left-handed pitchers, so they said they would hit me if the ball fell.”
Noh Jin-hyuk expressed his intention not to avoid the confrontation with his parents’ team, saying, “The match against NC seems to be a fight between me and Park Min-woo.” Second baseman Park Min-woo is a colleague who coordinated defense with a keystone combination when Noh Jin-hyeok was active as a shortstop in NC.
He said that preparations for the 2023 season are also steadily being made. Noh Jin-hyeok showed off his confidence, saying, “I am spending time doing back strengthening exercises and other exercises.” He added that he had finished preparations for the (spring) camp.
The advice given by Son A-seop, who spent the 2007-2021 season at Lotte, was also introduced. It is said that Son Ah-seop encouraged him, saying, “Lotte is really good at baseball, you are treated well.
He also revealed his goals in his new team. Noh Jin-hyeok said, “I will try to maintain the OPS at the level of 0.8,” and emphasized, “There are many young players among the team’s beasts. My role is to help lead the team like captain An Chi-hong.”
He also said, “I hit a home run and defended against Lotte in the past,” but said, “Now I am a Lotte player. I will hit a home run for Lotte and do a good defense. I will try to become a player who is not ashamed of the cheers from the fans.” compacted
On this day, his wife and two children came to watch the initiation ceremony. Noh Jin-hyeok also mentioned, “After getting married, you will have a stable life. (Yoo) Gangnam will get married quickly and develop into a more stable team.” 안전놀이터
Noh Jin-hyeok, along with Yoo Kang-nam (30) and Han Hyun-hee (29), joined the Lotte Giants under a large free agent (FA) contract. Lotte announced on November 23 last year that Noh Jin-hyeok joined the team for a total of 5 billion won (down payment of 2.2 billion won, annual salary of 2.4 billion won, and option of 400 million won) over four years.
He joined the NC Dinos in 2012 as a special 20th pick and recorded a career batting average of 0.266 in the 2013-2022 season. During this time, he racked up 331 RBI while hitting 71 home runs.
Noh Jin-hyuk also showed stable defense and throwing ability while working as a shortstop and third baseman in NC. He also proved his decent offensive ability by exceeding 0.800 OPS in his last three consecutive seasons.