“My value comes from my defense. I always think that I am the best when it comes to defense.”
Soo-bin Su (33, Doosan Bears) saved the team. True to her nickname ‘Jeong Soo-bi’, she led the team to victory with fantastic defense.
Subin Sue recorded 4 at-bats, no hits, 1 walk and 1 point in the 2023 Shinhan Bank SOL KBO League home game against the KIA Tigers held at Jamsil Stadium in Seoul on the 14th. He was silent at the plate, but led the team’s 8-4 victory with two hobi.
Unlike the league’s top players, Heo Gyeong-min and Park Gun-woo (NC Dinos), who took a long time to establish themselves, Su-bin Su quickly established himself with his 2009 debut. It was a possible result due to his quick feet and amazing defense.
After finishing the 2020 season, Soo-bin Jeong obtained the qualification as a free agent (FA) and signed a six-year contract for a total of 5.6 billion won. For Doosan, which values defense, Su-bin Su was an indispensable key card.
Su-bin Su was silent in the at-bat that day with no hits in 4 at-bats. /Photo = Doosan Bears
Even so, his batting performance as a top hitter was somewhat disappointing. His batting average was just .259 in his last two seasons. His on-base percentage, which was 0.374 in 2021, also fell to 0.331 yen last year. Fans expressed their wish that Su-bin “Chu Soo-bin”, who shines only in autumn, would maintain that feeling throughout the season.
However, it was clearly shown on this day that his blows were not all. In the first out of the 6th inning, when the team was leading 4-0, Lee Woo-sung’s ball went deep toward the center wall, but Soo-bin Su quickly followed the ball and slid. He hit what looked likely to be a double and was recorded as a fly to center field. Soobin’s incredible lake rain came out.
A similar scene appeared at the beginning of the 8th inning when KIA scored 4 points in the 7th inning and tied the score. When Han Seung-taek was at bat, he played forward defense, but like Lee Woo-sung, he pursued the ball with all his might. In the 6th inning, with ‘The Catch’, which seemed to repeat the defense, Su-bin Su prevented the runner from reaching base, and the team eventually exploded in the bottom of the 8th, winning 3 games in a row.
Sue-Bin Jeong, who we met after the game, said, “I didn’t get a hit today, but I still focused on defense and got a good catch.” revealed
This year, a new defense award was established in the KBO. Among the outfielders, there are players who play excellent defense, but Su-bin is one of the first names that come to mind when mentioning the best defense.
In the top of the 8th inning, Jung Soo-bin clears Han Seung-taek’s batted ball. /Photo = Doosan Bears
Subin Sue said, “I always want to receive the defense award. My value comes from defense, so I always think that I am the best when it comes to defense.”
There was no hit that day, but he is showing signs of rebounding in his batting this season. His batting average of 0.264 seems nothing special, but he produces a lot of long hits, including doubles (5) and triples (2). It is a much better pace than last year (12 doubles, 4 triples).
“It’s really good in terms of balance. The batting average is still a bit low, but I don’t care too much about it and I’m trying to maintain a good balance now,” said Sue-bin, confidently saying, “I think it will get better as I have a lot of games left.” .
It is a statement that was possible because he shed a lot of sweat. Subin Sue said, “I think I didn’t have a good image for the past two years because I didn’t do well at the beginning.”메이저사이트
Another thing that stands out is the base play. Subin Sue has not recorded 20 stolen bases since 2019, as steals have declined sharply, but he has already succeeded 8 times this season. He is a pace capable of stealing 30 bases beyond 20 bases. He is sincere not only in stealing bases, but also in harassing opposing pitchers when he goes on base.
Subin Sue said, “I want to show (to my juniors) that I can hit one at-bat, run hard, and fall down, rather than playing base runs sensibly.”