“I always did what I was told.”
For “KK” Kim Kwang-hyun (36, SSG), 2024 will likely be the first season he has experienced since his debut. Manager Lee Soo-yong (53) asked him to make his own decision on which order to enter the opening rotation. As an experienced player and ace, he is making plans in his own way.
“The coach asked me to set my schedule. He gave me the schedule, from pitching in the camp to exhibition games to opening. He also asked me to plan rotation within the season. It’s burdensome. Still, since I’m a professional, I’ll prepare well. Since I’m making my own plan, I have to fulfill that well. That’s my goal,” Kim said with a smile.
The 2024 season’s starting lineup is fixed anyway, with the foreign pitcher Robert Duggar-Loenis Elias duo. Kim Kwang-hyun is a native ace and leads the pitching staff with them. I can’t imagine Kim Kwang-hyun as a “non-starter.” Kim Kwang-hyun is not particularly deteriorating.
The key is order. Landers will play five games against Lotte and Hanwha at home for the opening of this season. “I planned it out as I wanted. After the season’s opening, we divided teams according to order, such as when we started as first starter or when we started as third or fifth starter. I don’t know what would be the best way or what would fit me yet. I will discuss with the coach. He has built his body well. It will work out well,” he stressed.
Kim Kwang-hyun is the ace representing SSG. He joined the club in 2007 when he was a member of the SK Wyverns. He has been wearing SK-SSG uniforms all the time, except when he was a St. Louis Cardinals player from 2020 to 2021. He is a “franchise star” and “one club man.”
His performance is also certain. He played 356 games and pitched in 2015.1 innings. He has 158 wins, 88 losses and two holds with an ERA of 3.20. He has 10 wins in 10 seasons alone.
During his return to the KBO League in 2022, he recorded 173.1 innings, 13 wins and 3 losses, and 2.13 ERA in 28 games. He displayed the power of an ace in his team. He displayed stellar pitching in the Korean Series as well. This gave SSG the first overall win in wire-to-wire history.
The year 2023 has slowed down. He only posted 168.1 innings in 30 games, nine wins and eight losses and an ERA of 3.53. It is not a bad record. However, he has posted an ERA of around three runs for the first time in seven years since 2016. He also failed in his 10th win. It has been 11 years since he had eight wins in 2012. 토토사이트
“Last year, I really hoped that the year would end soon. I was not feeling well, and many bad things happened. I was disappointed in my team’s performance. I was disappointed in many ways,” Kim said.