Hanhwa Chae Eun-seong (33) wrote the history of the KBO All-Star Game. He became the first player ever to win the MVP following a home run race victory.
Chae Eun-seong started as the 3rd hitter and 1st baseman for the 2023 Shinhan Bank SOL KBO All-Star Game held at Sajik Stadium in Busan on the 15th, playing an active role with 2 hits and 5 RBIs in 3 at-bats including a home run in the 4th inning, leading the Nanum team to an 8-4 victory. .
From the first at-bat in the first inning, Chae Eun-seong, who made a first run by bursting with an RBI double in the middle right, struck a decisive blow in the 4th inning with 2 outs and a full base chance. He pulled a 141km fastball that was driven in the middle of Dream Team pitcher Seung-min Koo’s first pitch and passed it over the left wall. He had a flight distance of 122.2m, an exit speed of 167km, and a launch angle of 30 degrees.바카라사이트
It was the first time in 41 years since Lotte’s Kim Yong-hee in 1982 that he had a home run in the All-Star game. The 5 RBIs also tied the record for the most RBIs in the All-Star Game with SK Hanyu Island (SSG) in 2019.
Chae Eun-seong, who swept 56 out of 61 votes by the reporters, won the All-Star MVP honor by beating Socrates Brito (KIA), who only received 5 votes. After winning the All-Star Home Run Race (5) held the previous day (14th), he became the main character two days in a row. It is the first time Chae Eun-seong has won the home run race and the All-Star Game MVP at the same time.
Chae Eun-seong, who entered the interview room after the game, said, “I am confused like yesterday. I wonder if I can stay here,” he laughed and said about the home run situation, “I wasn’t greedy. He thought he was going to throw a fastball, so he had to hit it lightly, but it went over. It seems that the home run race the day before was also affected. Adjusting to bring the points to the front helped,” he said.
Next, Chae Eun-seong said, “This is the first All-Star game with fans since the corona, so I came with the idea that I was going to have fun with the meaning of participating. The people aiming for the MVP didn’t do well. “I thought that I would play the same way as usual without being greedy,” he said. It’s hard to become an All-Star, but it’s a once-a-year, once-in-a-lifetime thing, but it’s meaningful to do well and get an MVP.”
Extra income is also good. He received 5 million won for winning the home run race the previous day and 10 million won as the All-Star Game MVP that day. Chae Eun-seong said, “The prize money for winning the home run race was agreed to be divided 6 to 4 with Yoo Kang-nam (who threw the batting ball). He never imagined that he would win the MVP, so he has no plans yet on how to use the MVP prize money.”
I have a strong desire to continue this good energy in the second half of the team. Chae Eun-seong said, “The atmosphere of the players improved a lot as they overcame a lot of tight matches. If we share good energy with our players, I think we can start the second half in a good mood.”