KT Wiz outfielder Cho Yong-ho (34) had frequent replacements during games until last season.
Defensive substitutions in the second half of the game depend on the strategic judgment of the bench. Strengthen the defense to prevent conceding and secure victory, or keep in mind the chances in the subsequent attack. Players who are better at defense than offense are usually employed.
It’s not that Jo Yong-ho’s defensive ability is poor. Although he is an infielder, he has a wide range of defensive coverage with quick feet, and is compliant with both batting judgment and throwing. Even so, KT coach Lee Kang-cheol’s replacement of Jo Yong-ho as a defensive midfielder in the second half of the game has a strong ‘management’ aspect. There is a great concern that Cho Yong-ho, who suffers from hip joint pain, could be seriously injured due to excessive movements during defense. Taking out Jo Yong-ho, who has excellent contact skills and is quick on foot, is a negative for the other lineup. However, in order to maintain the strength of the batting lineup for a long season, it is also a better way to manage Cho Yong-ho and use it throughout the season.스포츠토토
Regarding this, Jo Yong-ho carefully said, “I am very grateful for the part that the director manages. But I have my own greed.” After signing a contract with an annual salary of 400 million won, an increase of 80 million won from last year, he laughed and said, “My colleagues jokingly call me ‘middle school student’. Like middle school baseball, I get off work every day in the 7th inning.” “I want to do better,” he said, “I want to be responsible for more defensive innings, and I want to steal a lot.”
Cho Yong-ho changed his batting form from last season to a leg kick. Until his previous contact, long hits were evaluated as rare, but after attempting a leg kick, he achieved his first career batting average of 3.8 (3.8) as well as his first professional home run (3). Cho Yong-ho said, “I tend to have less power than other players. (At bat) If I spread my legs and hit with a no-step, the rotational power decreases a little. I think the rotational power improved as I shifted the center of gravity with a leg kick.” It is said that it went up a little more on average. When the center of gravity was moved, the heating point came forward a little more, and it seems to have synergy with the faster rotational force.” He said, “I’m still making small corrections. I’m still studying with the help of the hitting coach. I see a slightly different part every week, but it still seems difficult to say that it’s mine.” ) I was a little worried, but luckily I couldn’t get my hands on the bad ball. Fortunately, that’s the part.” At the same time, he laughed, saying, “I think I used the previous batting form for about 8 to 9 years. I want to use this changed batting form for that amount of time.”
He’s not flashy, but he’s an indispensable player on the team. This is the picture Cho Yong-ho dreams of. He emphasized, “I want to become a player who can do what the team wants. My goal is to play a role in adding strength to the team, even if I am not a leading hitter.”