A ball thrown by Ryu Hyun-jin (37) is caught by catcher Lee Jae-won (36). This season, they’re both wearing Hanwha Eagles uniforms.
Lee and Ryu were born in Incheon, South Korea, and joined the professional baseball team in 2006. Lee was drafted by the SK Wyverns in the first round. When SK selected Lee Jae-won in the first round instead of Ryu Hyun-jin, Hanwha took him in the second round. The two players are often linked as a package whenever the 2006 rookie draft is discussed.
Hanwha’s acquisition of Lee Jae-won, who is a free agent this winter, could lead to a connection with Ryu Hyun-jin. Ryu is weighing between staying in the major leagues and returning to Hanwha. He has been training in Okinawa with Hanwha’s juniors, including Jang Min-jae, Nam Ji-min, and Kim Ki-jung.
The club continues to wait for Ryu to make a decision.
Lee Jae-won received his uniform and posed for a photo at Hanbadang Gymnasium in Daejeon on Aug. 18. He met his new teammates face-to-face.
When asked about Ryu, 토토사이트 Lee said, “It’s great to have him here. I don’t have to tell him. I wish he could join us. As much as the team is waiting for him, we are waiting for him.” “It’s been a long time with (Ryu) Hyun-jin. I’ve known him since elementary school.”
The two have not shared a battery since their youth national team days.
In his 19th year as a professional, Ryu has found a new path. Last year, he played just 27 games for SSG Landers. “I didn’t play because I wasn’t good enough. There’s no other reason,” he said.
When he was looking for a new team, Hanhwa reached out. The team is aiming for a top-five finish this season. They needed Lee Jae-won’s experience.
“We might send Lee Jae-won out when young pitchers like Hwang Jun-seo are on the mound,” Choi Won-ho said, adding that the veteran’s guidance and pitch mix would be a big help to the younger players.
For now, he’s a backup to the main catcher Choi Jae-hoon, but he could play a bigger role. “The signing of Lee Jae-won could be a stimulus for Choi Jae-hoon,” said Choi Won-ho.
Other teams saw Hanwha as “a team with a lot of good pitchers, a team that will get better in the future. “I wanted to play for Hanwha because they have a lot of good players in the middle, not just players like Moon Dong-joo,” Lee said.
Lee Jae-won’s salary this season is 50 million won.
“It’s a new team, but I think I’ll adapt and get used to it quickly. He is joined by senior Kim Kang-min (42) and classmate Lee Myung-ki (36), who have been with SSG (SK) for a long time. Jung Woo-ram (39), who is starting as a playing coach this season, is also from SK. 토토사이트 순위 There are also coaches from SSG, including Jung Kyung-bae and Park Jae-sang.
“I want to do the best I can until the end.”
Lee Jae-won’s 19th season is coming up.