‘Legend’ Park Yong-taek “Ko Woo-seok, different from his rookie days… Eventually, he became the best finishing pitcher”
Pro baseball ‘Legend’ Park Yong-taek (44) left valuable advice to new players.
The 2023 KBO League new player orientation was held in Daejeon on the 12th. About 130 new players from 10 professional baseball teams attended. Korea Baseball Organization (KBO) president Heo Gu-yeon and KBS N commentator Park Yong-taek served as speakers. This orientation was held face-to-face for the first time in three years due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Commissioner Park has the most appearances (2236 games), most at-bats (9138 at-bats) and most hits (2504 hits) in the KBO League so far. Commissioner Park, who came as a speaker at the meeting with the seniors, welcomed the new players, saying, “Please applaud yourself and your teammates for coming here after overcoming high competition.”
Commissioner Park first emphasized ‘fan first’ with the attitude of a professional player. He said, “Why are you paying money to play the baseball you like? No team is greater than the players, and no team is greater than the fans. Being able to make money just by playing baseball is a huge responsibility. There are so many things to manage as a professional baseball player. It is not enough to be good at baseball.”
The importance of body care was also mentioned. Commissioner Park said, “What is a professional baseball player? All of you who are now sitting in the jumpers of each club have been amateur baseball players up until now. As an amateur player, my parents and coach take care of me. But from now on, I have to do everything myself. He has become a baseball player who has to take responsibility for himself.” 스포츠토토
Commissioner Park said, “My routine started the night before. With my own standards, if I felt too high or too low, I set it to medium. I maintained moderate excitement and tension. I tried to keep up with the standards of baseball being good. If you create your own routine in the shortest possible time, it becomes a standard for you to check your condition on your own.”
As an example of a rookie player who succeeded through thorough self-management, LG pitcher Go Woo-seok (25), who won the save king last season, was cited. “The best finishing pitcher in Korea right now is Go Woo-seok, and the first meeting with him was impressive. Ordinary rookie players do only what their trainer tells them to do, but Go Woo-suk digests his own program by himself. He watched from behind and said, ‘This guy is different.’ The training itself was different. He thought he was well prepared.”
Commissioner Park said, “So Go Woo-seok said, ‘Do you like Oh Seung-hwan?’ When I said it, he said ‘yes senior’. So he said, ‘You’ll be the best closer’, but I didn’t know it would happen this fast. You need to be in good physical shape to be technical. It will be difficult, but you have to make it a habit from now on.”