“He showed a lot of unbelievable defense.”
Sajik Stadium in Busan on the 3rd. Jae-ho Kim (38, Doosan Bears) jumped ‘high’ in the game against the Lotte Giants.메이저놀이터
Leading 1-0 in the bottom of the 4th inning, Lotte Ahn Chi-hong hit a double, followed by Jeon Jun-woo’s advanced hit. Follow-up hitter Nico Goodrum’s batted ball passed quickly over the shortstop’s head. Kim Jae-ho jumped sensuously high, and his batted ball was sucked right into Kim Jae-ho’s glove.
Kim Jae-ho later cleaned up Han Dong-hee’s ground ball to shortstop.
Kim Jae-ho, who joined Doosan as a first-round pick in 2004, is a ‘late bloomer.’ He appeared in 112 games in 2008, but remained a backup infielder in the team’s solid infield. It was in 2014 that he became a starting player in earnest. With his solid fundamentals and good sense, he was nicknamed a ‘genius shortstop.’ He also consistently recorded a batting average in the mid to high .200s, and in 2016 and 2018, he recorded a batting average of up to .300.
Last year, Jae-ho Kim faced a difficult time. Due to his injury, his physical condition was not 100%, and he performed poorly with a batting average of .200 and 0.5 in 102 games.
He seemed to be losing his starting spot this season. His junior players, including Lee Yu-chan and Ahn Jae-seok, were given the opportunity first.
Kim Jae-ho’s time has come. Kim Jae-ho, who was dropped from the 2nd team in early May, but has continued to prepare, began to show his presence from the end of the first half of the season.
During the month of August, his batting average reached .403.5. His defense remained solid.
Foreign pitcher Brandon Waddell showed ‘unlimited trust’ in the defense shown on the 3rd.
Lotte’s flow was interrupted by Kim Jae-ho’s out count while jumping high, and Doosan took the game easily after that.
For Doosan, after Brandon pitched 6 innings, Park Chi-guk, Kim Myung-shin, and Jeong Cheol-won pitched 1 inning each without allowing a run.
After the game, Brandon said, “Kim Jae-ho showed a lot of incredible defense. He also handled routine plays smoothly.”
Trust in Kim Jae-ho came from the following story. Brandon said, “A batted ball that you can’t catch is a hard ball that you can’t help but hit.”
Brandon expressed his gratitude, saying, “(Kim Jae-ho’s defense) was very good. I said thank you.”