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“Dream big… 8 billion free agent catcher leads PS in 6 years

Lotte Giants dream of fall baseball for the first time in 6 years since 2017. That dream may come true if it is with Yoo Kang-nam (31), the ‘8 billion catcher’. 

Yoo Kang-nam returned home through Incheon International Airport on the 7th after finishing the spring camp in Okinawa, Japan, and conveyed his feelings about changing the team and preparing for the season. Yoo Kang-nam, who joined the pro in the 2011 LG 7th round 50th, left his beloved LG in November last year and signed a free agent contract with Lotte for a total of 8 billion won over 4 years.

Yoo Kang-nam said, “I prepared the same as usual. He thought that the camps were all similar no matter which team he joined. “Of course, the team culture may be a little different, but the process of preparing for the season was similar. I tried to prepare as well as possible in it.”

Regarding adapting to the team, “After a while, I got used to it quickly. It was fun getting to know the new players. I talked to players I didn’t know well and ate a lot.” 스포츠토토

As the team moved, this camp spent a lot of time learning the characteristics of Lotte pitchers as catchers. Yoo Kang-nam said, “I thought of the Lotte pitching staff first. Even on days when the pitcher isn’t playing, he checks a lot of things behind the scenes. I personally thought a lot about what kind of pitches this pitcher throws well and what kinds of pitches he uses to run the game.” 

As a result, it was confirmed that Lotte has as many pitchers with a bright future as LG. Yoo Kang-nam said, “When I received the ball, there were so many potential friends. I also liked the balls of players I didn’t know well,” he said. I think we just need to understand the players’ tendencies a little.” 

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