"Perfect performance." High praise for the head coach... 5.6 billion autumn man who knew it was Ipchu, imprinted his presence with a home run
Jung Soo-bin started as the first center fielder in Game 9 of the season against Samsung in the 2023 Shinhan Bank SOL KBO League at Jamsil Stadium in Seoul on the 8th and led his team to a 5-3 victory with two hits (one home run), one walk and one RBI in three at-bats.
Jung Soo-bin appeared as the leadoff hitter in the bottom of the first inning when he was 0-0, pulling Samsung starter Choi Chae-heung's 135-kilometer fastball on the fifth pitch and crossing the right fence. It was his 31st career home run in 309 days since the game against Lotte in Sajik on October 3 last year.
It was his sixth KBO League season, his 353rd career home run, and Jung Soo-bin's second individual home run in the bottom of the first inning. Jung Soo-bin hit a leadoff home run in the bottom of his first inning against Hanwha in Jamsil on September 2, 2009. He hit a home run in the bottom of the first inning for the first time in 14 years.
Jung Soo-bin's performance continued after that. After achieving a multi-hit with a right-handed hit in the fourth inning, he calmly picked up a walk in the seventh inning and completed the third base.
Jung Soo-bin signed an FA contract with Doosan in December 2020 for up to 5.6 billion won for six years. However, it was regrettable that the FA contract left a performance that fell short of expectations for two years.
However, this year, which is in its third year, is different. He has played 91 games, excluding two games, with a batting average of 0.279 with one home run, 26 RBIs, 44 points, and 24 steals. His on-base percentage is 0.360.
In particular, he was ranked second in the stolen base category by only one difference from LG Shin Min-jae (25). It has surpassed the 20th stolen base mark in four years since 2019 (26). And top-level defense remains.
Jung Soo-bin, who is active in all aspects of offense and defense, has a more perfect appearance with long hits added to it.
Moreover, the 8th drew attention because it was the first day of autumn. In the meantime, Jung Soo-bin's batting index has been on an upward curve from September to October when the cold wind blows. Coincidentally, he hit his first home run of the season at the beginning of autumn.
Coach Lee Seung-yeop praised Jung Soo-bin after the game, saying, "Top hitter Jung Soo-bin played a perfect score today as well."
Jung Soo-bin said, "The first home run of the season came out unexpectedly. He was able to aim for a fastball because he led the count to his advantage. "I think I got caught at a good timing and went over the fence," he said, looking back on the home run situation.
It turned out to be Jung Soo-bin, who knew it was Ipchu. He said, "Today is autumn. I have a lot of good memories in autumn, and I know that fans have high expectations. "I will show you a better performance so that I can meet the fans' expectations," he expressed his determination.