Is it the bulking up of anger?
Kiwoom had another adventure ahead of this season. He recruited Edison Russell, who failed miserably in 2020 as a foreign hitter. Russell joined Taylor Motor as a substitute foreign hitter three years ago and recorded a batting average of 0.254, 2 homers먹튀검증 , 31 RBIs and 22 runs in 65 games.
After that, Russell sought a comeback in the Mexican League. He was the shortstop who won the Chicago Cubs World Series in 2016, but it is said that his self-esteem was greatly damaged due to his personal history and his devastating failure in the KBO league. Afterwards, he spread his wings of resurgence in the Mexican League, and Kiwoom decided that Russell had changed and boldly recruited him.
Coach Hong Won-ki finds it encouraging that Russell is with the team from spring camp. It is because he can prepare for a more dense season by closely exchanging feedback with the coaching staff and colleagues. Here is another twist.
It is a body. On the 2nd (Korean time), Salt River Fields at Talking Stick in Scottsdale, Arizona, USA. Russell, who was training batting with his teammates, was not the Russell he used to be. Watching from a distance, he reminded me of Yasiel Puig with Kiwoom in the 2022 season.
That’s how big his body was. Even at a glance, the bulging muscles stood out. It’s definitely different from three years ago. His body grew bigger, and he drew attention from people around him by producing strong and sharp hits. Director Hong Won-ki also watched with a happy expression.
It is regarded as a kind of ‘bulk-up of anger’ that will not repeat the failure of 3 years ago. It is said that his power increased by bulking up and, on the contrary, he reduced the weight of his bat. It remains to be seen whether he will contribute to Kiwoom this season with a completely different batting.
Russell is a very important player to raise this season. He basically has to do his share of last year’s Puy. Puig played an active part in the second half and postseason, leading Kiwoom to runner-up in the Korean Series. If Russell repeats the results of 2020, it will be a disaster for Kiwoom. He also plays the most important shortstop on defense. He works with Kim Hye-sung, the league’s strongest second baseman. Kim Hye-seong is also looking forward to Russell, who will play as a full-time shortstop.
Russell was born in 1994 and is 29 years old. It’s time for him to finally strike out for his return to the major leagues. It is also important for me personally to be active in the KBO League. His best scenario is to lead Kiwoom to win the Korean Series and go to the major leagues with Lee Jung-hoo.