“Geoje’s Arenado” Heo Gyu-yeon’s ‘Seaman’ returns after two years, confident he’ll “do something”

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Choi Bo-sung (25-NC Dinos), the “man in the boat,” caught the attention of current Korean Baseball Organization (KBO) president Heo Koo-yeon (72) after playing fantastic defense for the first team in 2021. Now, after a two-year hiatus, he’s been called up again.

“It’s been two years since I’ve been called up (to the first team), and I feel like I’m going to do something with my confidence,” Choi told Star News recently.

The NC made the surprise call-up of Choi ahead of the game against Sajik Lotte on May 25. With infielder Kim Han-byul (22) out of shape, the team needed a replacement, and Choi, who hit .407 with four home runs, 14 RBIs and a 1.097 OPS in the second team this season, was selected.

On the day of his call-up, Choi started the Futures League home game against the Samsung Lions at Masan Baseball Stadium in Gyeongnam, batting fourth and playing first base. However, after the news of his call-up, he was replaced as a pinch-hitter in the bottom of the sixth inning and quickly traveled to Busan.

“When I suddenly became a pinch-hitter, I thought, ‘Why do they want me to come out and just rest,’ but the second-team manager told me, ‘Go up to the first team,'” Choi said. “I was very excited, and I thought, ‘I’m finally going up once,'” he said with a smile.

Choi, who was born in Jinhae-gu, Changwon-si, and went to Jinhae Jangbok-cho, Geoje Oepojoong, and Busan Kaesong High School, joined the NC in 2018. The following year, he chose to join the Navy, which has a longer service period (20 months) than the Army (18 months), which is rare in the baseball world, and served as a deckhand on a landing ship, the Nojeongbong. At the time, he was asked by the captain to play catch and practice his swing on the ship to prepare for his future.

Choi was called up in the second half of 2021 and appeared in 10 games. He played mostly at third base, where he made several spectacular plays that drew admirers. On August 20, he turned a double play after making a diving catch, prompting commentator Heo Gu-yeon to say, “This is (Nolan) Arenado of Geoje City.” Nolan Arenado, who has won the National League third baseman’s Gold Glove for 10 consecutive years, is one of the best defenders in the game.

“(At the time), I just kept watching my own footage,” said Choi, who said he felt “stupid and dazed because I just got out of the military and it was my first time up here.”

But Choi didn’t play a single game in the first team last year. He hit .290 with seven home runs and 56 RBIs for the Futures, but his spot wasn’t there. “It wasn’t the only time I had a chance,” Choi said, “I kept trying to fill in the gaps and utilize my strengths.” Looking back on last season, he said, “I was able to improve my batting to a certain extent, so it paid off.”토토사이트

“Last year (2021), I made an impact in defense,” Choi said, adding, “Defense is important, but this year I want to make an impact with my hitting.” “Once you go out there and get a chance, you have to do well to get another chance, so I’ll try my best,” he said.

Choi, who appeared as a pinch-hitter in the sixth inning of the 25th game on the day of his call-up, has played in two games for the first team but has yet to make an impression. For him, the three-game home series against the Doosan Bears starting on the 30th will be a chance to make his mark.

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