How much do you want to hit…’ O’Grady, a foreign batter who was suffering from severe batting sluggishness while staying in the 10% batting average at the beginning of the season, took a batting form in dugout and stepped up.
Ahead of this season, the Hanwha Eagles recruited Brian O’Grady, a foreign hitter, for a total of $900,000, including an annual salary of $700,000 and an incentive of $200,000, in order to improve his long hitting power. It was regrettable to break up with Tuchman, a foreign hitter who heard the sound of filial piety last season, but it was an inevitable choice to reinforce the long hitting power needed by Hanwha.
O’Grady played three seasons of his big league career, posting 18 hits in 62 games, 114 at bats, with a batting average of .184 and four home runs. Although he did not have many samples, he was evaluated as a reliable hitter with somewhat poor accuracy and slugging power. He is 11 extra-base hits in 18 hits with 6 doubles, 1 triple and 4 home runs.
In the minor league Triple A, he recorded a batting average of 0.284, 51 home runs, 152 RBIs, an on-base percentage of 0.36, a slugging percentage of 0.551, and an OPS of 0.913 in 228 games. 28 home runs in the 2019 season and 15 home runs in the 2021 season.
Last season, O’Grady, who played for Seibu of the Nippon Professional Baseball, recorded a batting average of 0.213, 15 home runs and 46 RBIs in 123 games. O’Grady experienced both American and Japanese baseball. His sophistication is less, but what Hanwha wanted from O’Grady was a long hit.
Contrary to expectations, the result was more disappointing when I opened the lid. O’Gredi recorded a batting average of 0.114 with 4 hits and 3 homers in 12 exhibition games. His power was so good that three of his four hits were home runs, but he was helpless against a breaking ball with a big drop coming from an unfavorable count.
Hanwha played 5 overtimes out of 13 games at the beginning of the season. Chae Eun-seong, who leads the batting line, is hot, but the reality is that there is no batter to support him. O’Gredi is suffering from a batting average of 0.160, 8 hits and 7 RBIs without a home run.
Suwon KT Wiz Park on the 14th, the first game of the weekend three-game series. O’Grady, who started as the sixth hitter and right fielder, went 6-for-6 with 1 hit, 4 strikeouts and 1 run. He came out as the lead batter in the 7th inning, went on base with a hit, and scored a come-from-behind run when pinch hitter Moon Hyun-bin hit. On this day, Hanwha recorded a draw after a bloody battle in the 12th overtime. It was a game that everyone desperately needed a cool blow that a foreign batter wanted, but it didn’t break out in the end.
It even happened that some extreme fans posted malicious comments on O’Grady’s SNS toward a foreign hitter who was in a severe slump. O’Gredi expressed his frustration on social media, saying, “There are a lot of comments on my daughter’s picture telling me to go home. Again, no one wants me to play better than me.” He said, “I sincerely thank the fans who reached out and supported me though. There are many games left in the season. The Eagles still have many games to win.”
O’Grady, who I saw on the field, was a sincere player. After returning from defense, O’Gredi took off his glove and immediately took a batting form, then stepped on a stretch step according to the opponent’s pitcher’s timing. Normally, this is a move that batters take to match the timing in the waiting at-bat, but O’Grady rotated empty swings over and over again, watching the pitcher on the mound whenever he had time.
Most of the baseball broadcasts show the result of the batted ball hit by the batter who entered the plate, and there are many articles that summarize the resultant contents after the game.
O’Grady is struggling to escape the sluggish situation behind the scenes. At the beginning of the season, he did not follow the results, but he thought that he was an exemplary player as much as his attitude towards baseball.
The next day, O’Grady struck a final blow that blew away the sluggish performance. His batting average is still in the 10% range,토스카지노 but the results of his efforts are coming out little by little.
As a foreign batter, it is our destiny to produce results. However, excessive criticism and malicious comments are not good for professional baseball, leaving Hanwha O’Grady. It’s still early in the season. I hope that O’Grady, who is working harder than anyone else, is playing baseball with a smile at the end of the season.