NC Dinos head coach Kang In-hwa emphasized the importance of the 2024 season.
“We had a very eager group of players last season and they delivered. This year, we need to be more cohesive and this season is important for us to become a sustainable powerhouse. I will work with the players to make it happen.”
Kang spoke to reporters at Incheon International Airport on March 30 ahead of the team’s departure for spring training and discussed the upcoming season.
“We showed a good performance last season, so we can give our fans hope this year instead of worrying about it,” he said, adding that the starting lineup needs to be solidified in order for the team to be stronger.
Kang, 카지노사이트 who took over as acting head coach after Lee Dong-wook was sacked during the 2022 season, was officially named head coach after the season ended.
In his first season as head coach, Kang led the team to a fourth-place finish in the regular season. For the first time in three years, the team made it all the way to the playoffs, starting with the wild card round.
Last year’s strong performance helped boost the players’ confidence.
“Compared to last season, the players are more confident and have the mindset to be competitive in the game,” says Kang. The self-doubt they had before has been replaced with confidence. The team will be stronger,” he said.
After last year’s fall miracle, Kang is looking to build an even stronger team this year. If they succeed in reaching the postseason for the second year in a row, they will have a shot at the Grand Prix for the first time in four years.
“Last season, the team was full of aspirations and achieved results. This year, the players need to be more united, and this season is important to become a sustainable powerhouse. We’ll make it happen with the players.”
NC suffered a postseason hemorrhage of talent. The team parted ways with specialty ace Eric Peddie, who won the pitching triple crown last year (20 wins, 2.00 ERA, 209 strikeouts). Peddy left the team, signing with the Chicago White Sox of Major League Baseball (MLB).
Although the team lost a proven starter, they will be counting on a new foreign one-two punch.
Daniel Castano and Kyle Hart, who will be making their KBO debuts, will anchor the starting lineup.
Kang said, “It’s hard to see Pedi being as strong as he was last season. But I’m looking forward to Castano and Hart because they have a sense of stability as starting pitchers,” Kang said.
The homegrown starting rotation, 온라인카지노사이트 which featured Shin Min-hyuk, Lee Jae-hak, and Choi Sung-young last year, will be up for grabs. The manager has several candidates in mind.
“We will keep the pitchers who have started before as candidates,” Kang said. Kim Si-hoon, Kim Young-gyu, and Kim Jae-yeol, who joined the team in the second round of the draft, are among the candidates. We will determine the starting pitcher through fair competition in camp.”