“I gained confidence.”
LG Twins infielder Kim Joo-seong (25) was appointed captain of the LG Futures team for two consecutive years. The coaching staff trusted him after seeing him always lead by example, and LG Futures coach Hwang Byeong-il also praised him as “바카라a player who knows what he needs to do.”
On the 15th, he showed his warmth by secretly sending coffee trucks to Icheon LG Champions Park where the Future Steam team was training.
Kim Joo-seong, who recently spoke with MK Sports, said, “I always try to keep a good atmosphere. You can notice when new players come, and I want to tell them what role they can play. If you look closely, you won’t see your own play. I think my role is to create a comfortable atmosphere so that my play can come out well.”
After graduating from Whimoon High School, Kim Joo-seong was nominated by LG in the 14th place in the 2nd round of 2016, drawing attention as a player who will lead the future of LG. He also solved military problems. However, he failed to step into the first team stage last season. Since joining in 2016, he has made just five appearances for the first team. His Futures record was .294 batting average with 220 hits, 8 home runs, 118 RBIs and 220 runs scored in 276 games.
Kim Joo-seong said, “I think I didn’t make it to the first team because I was lacking, because I didn’t like the coach’s eyes. I have a strong desire to go next year.”
Kim Joo-seong went to Australia after the end of the 2022 season. He is sweating heavily in Australia as a member of Geelong Korea, which participated in the Australian League. He appeared in 25 games and recorded a batting average of 0.266, 25 hits, 2 homers, 13 RBIs and 13 runs.
Together with teammate Song Chan-eui, KIA Tigers Kim Gyu-seong, Kiwoom Heroes Park Ju-hong, NC Dinos Seo Ho-cheol, etc., he played more than 25 games and came to solve the regret of not being able to play in the first team game in the 2022 season.
He said, “I felt a lot after going to Geelong Korea. Actually, I didn’t live in the 2nd Army for a long time. Whether the results were good or bad, I was worried about whether I would be able to respond to the fast balls of the first-team pitchers. However, he gained the confidence that he could do enough this time. Australian runners were basically in the second half of 140km. There was also a pitcher who threw 99 miles (about 159 km).”
You have to think carefully about what you experienced and learned this time. I know the role I have to play. If I become more nervous and shrinking just because a new coach (Yeom Kyung-yeop) has arrived, I may be shaken mentally and my play may not come out. This year, thinking about what I learned in Australia, I really want to go to the first team.”
Geelong Korea’s head coach was Samsung Lions head coach Lee Byeong-gyu, ‘The Red Horse’. Until he went to Samsung, he worked together at LG, so it wasn’t awkward. However, the story he told Kim Joo-seong as coach Lee Byung-gyu, not coach Lee Byung-gyu, must have been different.
Kim Joo-seong said, “The coach created a good environment for the players to do what they wanted to do. They told me not to pay attention to small results and to do the things I wanted to do.”
Finally, he said, “I am still lacking overall. But baseball is the same, and the part I think about is increasing,” he said. “This time, I played the season even in the off-season. I am worried that I will get tired in the middle of the season, so I am preparing for the season by focusing on weight. It is important to go through a season without getting hurt. You have to be prepared to go up and do well at any time. If I go to the first team, my goal is to show my baseball without shrinking.”