The “No. 1 stolen base” hit product with a desperate heart, and the head coach cheered, “I want to be a player who works hard like Kim Ha-sung.”
Shin Min-jae, a right-handed left-handed infielder from Incheon High School, joined Doosan as a nurturing player in 2015 without being nominated in the rookie draft. Doosan played 95 games in the Futures League for two years from 2015 to 2016, but did not have a chance to play in the first division. In November 2017, when he was a social worker, he was nominated in the third round by LG in the second draft of the KBO and moved the team.
Shin Min-jae, who made his debut in the first division in LG in 2019 after being discharged from the military, started only 21 of his 195 career games until last year. He is mainly deployed as a professional substitute, and he is a utility player who plays only a supporting role in six positions inside and outside except for the first base. As of the 5th, he is leading this category by stealing the base 24 times. He is having his best season since his professional debut with a batting average of .323 (43 hits in 133 at-bats) and 12 RBIs and 27 runs scored.
Coach Yeom Kyung-yeop said of Shin Min-jae, “He is the main player of our team. If Shin Min-jae, one of LG’s hit products this season, becomes the No. 1 stolen base and achieves a batting average of 300, he will be able to win the Golden Glove award, he said. “It will be the most unforgettable year in Shin Min-jae’s baseball life.” “It’s a time when my baseball life changes,” he said. 토토
He stressed that Shin Min-jae, who has risen to stardom, should always keep his desperate heart. “I don’t know how many years Shin Min-jae will play as a starting player from now on, but he has to keep his desperation at the Futures last year. If you maintain that mind until the day you quit baseball, you can keep your position. On the other hand, if you don’t, it’s a professional to lose your seat to someone.”
In baseball pursued by head coach Yeom Kyung-yeop, a substitute agent is essential. Yoo Jae-shin is a typical example when he was the Nexen head coach. He said, “I told Shin Min-jae, ‘You are unconditionally in the first division and you are a necessary player in the baseball I pursue.” There was a lot of psychological pressure about the failure to steal. “My role is to let go of the burden of mind,” he said.
He also said to Shin Min-jae, “I can start as a substitute agent like Jung Soo-bin and become a main player.” “When I saw it at the camp, I thought it could be improved enough because of its good contact ability and direction,” he added.
Coach Yeom Kyung-yeop said, “Shin Min-jae’s performance is a great happiness for me, too. Because he is still young, he can play as a key player for six to seven years. He said, “As a player who can have diversity in the batting order, he is a necessary player in the baseball I pursue.”
He also gave advice that he should be a good person before a good player. Director Yeom Kyung-yeop said, “We must always be sincere. Like Kim Ha-sung (San Diego Padres), he should be a diligent and hard-working player, but no one can talk about it, but he should not be a nuisance. I’m creating a good image. If you become a mean player, you will lose popularity with fans, and even if you are good at baseball, your value in the FA market will inevitably decrease. It is important to create an image of a player in the coaching staff. “It is the role of the coaching staff to create a player’s value,” he stressed.