Ha Jae-hoon (33), the ‘last piece’ of the SSG Landers outfield, is on a roll. It’s good news that he’s back, but there’s nothing better than leading the team’s offence.
On the 26th, Ha started in left field, batting seventh, against the Doosan Bears in the ‘2023 Shinhan Bank SOL KBO League’ at Jamsil Stadium.토토사이트
On the 24th, Ha made his first first-team roster appearance of the season. On the 25th, he made his comeback by hitting a double as a pinch-hitter against the Incheon LG Twins. The momentum carried over into the game, and Ha continued to swing for the fences to lead the team to victory.
In the top of the third inning, Ha led off with a single to left field against Doosan ace Raul Alcantara. With the score tied at 2-2 in the top of the fifth inning, he led off with a double and came home on a single by Kim Min-sik.
In his third at-bat, Ha Jae-hoon singled to left field. In the top of the eighth, he walked, and with runners on first and second in the top of the ninth, he hit a 115-metre solo home run (his first of the season) over the left field fence to give his team an 11-3 lead.
He also shined in defence. With two outs in the bottom of the sixth inning, he made a long, hard running catch of Lee Yoo-chan’s big hit to relieve reliever Choi Min-joon.
Ha’s final line on the day was 3-for-4 with one home run, three RBIs and three runs scored. After the game, SSG manager Kim Won-hyung said, “(Ha) Jae-hoon made his first start after returning from injury, and he showed good form from the first at-bat, with a home run and three hits. He gave us a lot of energy in the bottom of the order.” He received a generous round of applause.
In the off-season, SSG assembled an outfield that would see them through the season, including Ha Jae-hoon. Ha plays left field, but his quick feet and strong shoulders give the team a new option in the outfield.
Ha had high expectations before the season, and he made his presence felt by working hard. He was sent to Geelong Korea of the Australian Baseball League (ABL) in the off-season and exploded with 11 home runs, leading the team in home runs and ranking third in the league in home runs. However, he suffered a setback during a practice game when he fractured his left shoulder blade while making a diving catch. Despite the setback, he has returned to the field healthy and has been able to contribute to the team’s offence with his signature long ball.
If Ha continues to play as well as he has been, SSG will be in good hands. With the final piece of the puzzle back, we can’t wait to see what SSG and Ha Jae-hoon can do this year.