“At that time, I was really sorry.”
Choi Won-ho (50), coach of the Hanwha Futures, vividly remembers Chae Eun-seong (33) as an LG training player 11 years ago. In 2012, coach Choi Won-ho had a relationship with Chae Eun-seong in the 2nd Army as a pitching coach for LG Futures.
Manager Choi said, “When I was a coach, Eun-seong switched from third base to catcher. At that time, the LG catchers were injured, and there was only one player left after going to the army. In a situation where a substitute catcher had to be prepared, Eun-seong was caught, but he was caught.”
‘Yips’ means that the muscles are stiff due to psychological anxiety and the movements that are usually good are not possible. When a baseball player gets caught in the mouth, he can’t pitch or throw properly. It is usually a symptom that occurs when a player with a weak mind or who is not psychologically stable receives an external shock. It is a temporary phenomenon, but there are many players who change positions or take off their uniforms without being able to overcome it.
To Chae Eun-seong, who has nothing to do with being released at any time as a foster player, Ips was like a thunderbolt from the blue sky. From then on, he started training with coach Choi, who was a pitcher, by throwing hundreds of balls one-on-one every morning. Coach Choi said, “Eun-seong prepared hard every morning for training and worked hard to overcome Ips. He was so pitiful. All the coaches saw it,” he said. 먹튀검증
From the middle of the season, clubs prepare for team cleanup. A player who has been affected by Ips is subject to release from any team. Chae Eun-seong was like that too. Director Choi said, “At the time, the coaches viewed Eun-seong favorably. He discouraged the release, saying to the club, ‘Let’s give him a little more opportunity to work hard like that.’ He was so diligent and hardworking that people around him helped him.”
Chae Eun-seong, who overcame the release crisis, changed his position to first baseman and outfielder in 2013 and took advantage of his batting advantage. His Futures League came to prominence and his 2014 first-team debut dream came true. He took his place as a full-time starter from 2016 and played an active role as a central hitter for LG until 2022. After last year’s season, he earned FA status and hit the jackpot with a 6-year, up to 9 billion won free agent contract with Hanwha.
Director Choi said, “Considering the former Eun-seong, it is a real human victory. That’s why Eunseong talks a lot to Futures players. Futures players need this mindset. There are players who have fallen out of the first team, so it is inevitable that there will be many negative thoughts. The more negatively I think, ‘I can’t do that,’ the more I keep looking for excuses.”
Director Choi continued, “If he thinks positively that he can do it even if the odds are low, he will find a way to do well. Then it will help with self-development, and opportunities may come. Life can change if you take advantage of the opportunity,” he said. “The difference between denial and positivity is whether you find an excuse or a way. Even if you keep that point in mind, you can pierce the needle hole. Eunseong is a good example. I am trying to instill that mindset in Futures players as well.”