The man called “No. 1 in high school”… “If you hit as many home runs as your uniform number, wouldn’t it be great?”
“I was really surprised that I was ranked first.”
Kang Seung-ho (29, Doosan Bears) appeared in 134 games last year and recorded a batting average of .264, 10 home runs and 13 stolen bases, and ranked first in fielder performance.
After joining the LG Twins in 2013, he traded to SK Wyverns (currently SSG Landers), and after the 2020 season, he wore a Doosan uniform as a compensation player for FA Choi Joo-hwan.
Doosan 안전놀이터 became a land of opportunity for Kang Seung-ho. He appeared in 113 games in 2021, but his batting average stayed at 2.39, but he showed potential as a mid- to long-distance hitter by hitting 7 homers.
His salary rose from 50 million won to 115 million won. With an annual salary of 100 million won for the first time in his life, he again hit a double-digit home run for the first time in his life last year. His salary rose to 200 million won.
Kang Seung-ho said, “First of all, thank you for taking good care of the club. Even after the season was over, I didn’t know that I was ranked first. I thought it was a joke when I joked around, but I was surprised that it was real.” (Heo) Kyung-min is the captain, and he will help me well and lead my juniors well.”
Spring camp held overseas for the first time in three years due to the spread of COVID-19. Kang Seung-ho said with a smile, “It’s been a while since I came to overseas camp training, and the weather is so nice that I’m building my body without any problems.”
The season to welcome the first place in the high school. Doosan coach Lee Seung-yeop gave Kang Seung-ho the nickname of ‘highest scorer’. Kang Seung-ho said, “The director calls me first place in high school more than my name. He also inspires me a lot of confidence.” He thanked him, saying, “The way the director thinks a lot and tries to approach me first is cool and nice.”
He continued, “I feel ashamed rather than proud. I didn’t hit 150 hits, and I couldn’t hit 15 to 20 home runs. Also, my batting average wasn’t even 30%. It’s nice to be called first place in high school, but there are more things I’m ashamed of. This year, I will do well and get good grades so that I will not be ashamed to hear that I ranked first in my high school.”
Coach Lee predicted fierce competition in the spring camp. He instigated the competition by saying that he had no clear spot except for No. 4 batsman Kim Jae-hwan. Kang Seung-ho said with strength, “I don’t think it’s my position because I did well last year. Also, there are many juniors who are good at it, so I think there will be a synergy effect if we train together while competing. I will prepare hard to take my position.” .
The number 23, which I started wearing last year, became another goal. Kang Seung-ho said, “I thought I wanted to wear number 23 since I joined Doosan. I was lucky to have number 23 vacant when I came to Doosan. It was nice to be able to get good results with my favorite number. “My goal this season is to travel to all games. I hope to hit about 20 home runs. I think it would be perfect if it was 23, which is the uniform number,” he laughed.