Han Yu-seom (35), a big shot of SSG Landers, had a rollercoaster-like season last year. After suffering from severe slump throughout the first half of the season, he made a perfect comeback in the second half.
Looking back on last year, Han Yu-seom said, “I pursue a steady performance by all players. However, looking back on my career, I don’t think I have been that steady,” adding, “I was able to revive myself by putting down my mental burden.”
Han Yu-seom is a big shot who has to lead SSG’s batting lineup.
After completing the 2021 season, SSG signed a five-year, six-billion-won multi-year contract with Han Yu-seom, a former free agent. This offers a glimpse of the expectations SSG has on him.
However, the appearance after the multi-year contract remained regrettable.
Han Yu-seom posted a batting average of 0.264 with 21 homers and 100 RBIs in the 2022 season. It was not a bad performance, but it fell somewhat short of expectations.
He was desperate, but suffered from a severe slump in the early 2023 season. Modifying his batting form to reduce the risk of injury was toxic. He returned to his original batting form during the first half of the year, but failed to regain his batting balance.
Han Yoo-seom had a batting average of 0.184, two homers and 22 RBIs in 61 games through July last year, and only had an OPS (on-base plus slugging) of 0.528. It was safe to say that it was the worst performance report since he became a starting pitcher. His monthly batting average in April (0.183), June (0.135) and July (0.154) were all in the low 10s.
Han Yu-seom, who has been to the second division twice amid sluggishness, ended up putting down his captain’s armband at the end of July last year.
Han Yu-seom, however, has returned to what his team is expecting since August. Since September, he has made a perfect comeback by swinging on a batting average of .425 with three homers and 27 RBIs, and hitting hard with an OPS of 1.105 in 32 games.
Han Yu-seom finished last season with a batting average of 0.273 with seven home runs and 55 RBIs.
“I was chased after and felt urgent as I joined the secondary league due to a significant drop in batting speed in the early part of the season,” Han Yu-seom said. “After playing in the secondary league for the second time, I didn’t see anything in my eyes,” he said. “I thought I wouldn’t be able to get good results this year anyway, so let’s play it comfortably. At the same time, things started to go well.”
“It may be the worst, but looking back now, I think it’s a good experience. I gained experience to have such a season,” he said, expressing his intention to make it a blessing in disguise by saying, “You should not repeat the same mistakes. You can do well this year based on that experience.”
Han Yu-seom, who has been through a harsh period of time, has decided not to make significant changes this winter. As he displayed good batting performance with the batting average of .415 in 12 games in October last year, he tried hard not to lose sense of the moment.헤라카지노
Han Yu-seom said, “I focused on maintaining a good sense of last year. I went through it last year, but I don’t think it’s really easy to make changes. So, I focused on making the best of what I can do rather than changing something.”
There have been many changes in SSG, which suffered a storm after the 2023 season. The manager and general manager have all changed, and both veteran outfielder Kim Kang-min and catcher Lee Jae-won, who were franchise stars of the team, left for the Hanwha Eagles.
Han Yoo-seom, who joined the SK Wyverns, the predecessor of SSG, in 2012, and also played for only one team, expressed his embarrassment through social networking services (SNS) after Kim Kang-min was selected by Hanwha in the second draft.
Han Yu-seom said, “(Kim) Kang-min was recognized by other teams even when he was over 40 years old. I respect him in that regard. I thought about whether I could be recognized by other teams at the same age as my brother,” adding, “At first, I was disappointed, but that’s how much he was recognized.”
Han Yu-seom, who served as captain of the SSG in 2022 and 2023, put down his armband this year. Choo Shin-soo, who announced his retirement after the 2024 season, will take the helm.
Han Yu-seom said, “I think I’m the only one who needs to do well. I don’t think there’s anything I can do to help you. However, I’ll be a junior who can help me when I need time.”
Han Yu-seom, who has hit more than 10 home runs every year since 2017, when he was fully established as a starting player, failed to achieve double-digit home runs last year.
Han Yu-seom said, “I was annoyed because I couldn’t break the double-digit home run record that I achieved every year last year. I’m not a person who talks about home runs, but I’m sure there are figures that you expect from me. I’m angry at myself because I didn’t meet my expectations. I want to hit double-digit home runs this year.”
“It is RBI that I am more greedy than home runs. I want to hit well when there are a lot of runners on the floor and get a lot of RBIs,” he stressed.