I don’t think it was done on purpose. But change is definitely needed.”

The match between Kiwoom Heroes and Samsung Lions in the 2023 Shinhan Bank SOL KBO League held at Gocheok Sky Dome in Seoul on the 19th안전놀이터. Kiwoom Kim Dong-heon started the game as the second designated hitter.

With one out in the bottom of the ninth inning, Kim Dong-heon got a ball that hit him against left-hander Lee Seung-hyun and went to first base.

However, in the process, Samsung coach Park Jin-man and catcher Kang Min-ho protested against the 4 ball decision. It was argued that he was hit with his left elbow on purpose. Even among the fans, there was a controversy over whether they were hit intentionally. The referee’s decision did not change, and Kiwoom tied the game, starting with Kim Dong-heon’s on-base, and extended the game to overtime.

This is not the first time Kim Dong-heon has had such a controversy. A similar scene came out in the KIA Tigers game on the 15th. I got a ball that fit the body from Yoon Young-cheol, but KIA coach Kim Jong-guk also protested.

How does director Hong Won-ki see it?

Director Hong, who we met on the 20th, said, “It seems like a big issue,” and then said, “He is the mechanism of hitting that he has been doing since he was young. However, he seems to need to change if necessary to avoid getting injured. The tapeback action or the elbow is in a very low state. It can be misleading,” he said.

I want to change, but it’s hard to change right now. I’m on season, and I’m a rookie again. Sudden changes in batting posture can cause great confusion to players.

Manager Hong Won-ki said, “I think I need to discuss it with the hitting coach because changing it now can cause confusion. It seems that change is necessary even to create a bigger issue.”

“There is no player who deliberately goes in to get hit. I’m not saying that as a player on our team,” he said. He added, “I think I need to make a change to prevent myself from getting injured or to avoid creating a controversy.”

Kim Dong-hun, a graduate of Chungam High School, was nominated by Kiwoom in the 2nd round, 12th, in the rookie draft last year. He is 0.250 with 5 hits, 1 RBI and 3 runs scored in 11 games, and is a large catcher prospect who has been increasing his number of starts recently.

We look forward to seeing if we will be free from such controversies in the future.

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