For the first time ever, three catchers were placed side by side in the starting lineup. They were Kang Min-ho at No. 4, Kim Jae-sung at No. 5, and Kim Tae-gun at No. 6.
KT’s ninth game of the season at KT Wiz Park in Suwon on April 18. Samsung Lions manager Park Jin-man, who has lost five straight 메이저놀이터 games, came out with a tough lineup. Kim Jae-sung was deployed at first base from the previous day, the 17th. It was an ambitious plan that his fielding coach, Sun-joo-in, brought with confidence. Park made a decision. It was effective in maximizing the batting lineup.
The next day, on the 18th, he fully utilized three catchers. “Our catchers are hitting well,” he said.
Kim Tae-gun, who had come on as a pinch-hitter in the ninth inning against KT on the 17th, hit a single to center off KT closer Kim Jae-yoon in the ninth to cut the deficit to one run. Too good to be benched.
Kim Tae-gun started at catcher on the day. He was paired with left-hander Choi Chae-heung, who was making his second start after retiring from the military.
Kang Min-ho, one of the hottest hitters in the lineup, had no at-bats during the five-game losing streak. He was deployed as a designated hitter.
Kim Jae-sung started at first base after experimenting at first base the day before. It was a picture of maximizing the use of three catchers and starting all three catchers. Since the beginning of the season, Park Jin-man, who has been paying attention to the advantages of the three-catcher system, has maintained the “two starters (designated hitter), one on the bench” policy. This is because the catcher is an injury-prone position, and having one on the bench prevents the pitcher from batting.
However, the ‘Kim Jae-sung first baseman’ card was a godsend 메이저놀이터 주소. If the starting catcher gets injured, Kim Jae-sung can switch from first base to catcher.
The team was also unprepared for the sudden deployment of the first baseman. “The first base mitt was borrowed from (Kim) Ho-jae,” Kim explained.
For the first time ever, a trio of catchers started. It was a huge success.
Kang Min-ho went 5-for-3 with a double, one RBI and one run scored, Kim Jae-sung went 4-for-2 with a crucial timely double and two RBIs, and Kim Tae-gun went 5-for-2, including his second triple in 14 years. He combined for seven hits, three doubles and 11 RBIs.
Coach Park Jin-man and his son-in-law maximized the power of the offense. In Oh’s absence, Samsung’s vaunted three catchers are expected to start together more often.