It was certainly not smooth, but he achieved his dream goal since he first took the bat. Looking back, it didn’t matter much to be a little later than others. This is the story of infielder Hwang Young-mook (24), who wore a Hanwha uniform in the 2024 KBO Rookie Draft.
Hwang Young-mook, a graduate of Chunghoon High School, failed in the 2018 KBO Rookie Draft. He entered Chung-Ang University and continued his baseball career before dropping out, before developing his dream of becoming a professional player in the independent league. After completing his mandatory military service on active duty, he continued to temper at Yeoncheon Miracle until recently.
It is no exaggeration to say that Hwang Young-mook’s baseball life marked a turning point through his appearance on the show. He is said to have gained experience that he could not do as an amateur player in KBS’s “Youth Baseball Team” last year and JTBC’s “The Strongest Baseball” this year. 스포츠토토
“I gained confidence by receiving advice from many seniors I met on the program about things I haven’t experienced as an amateur,” he said. “It was also very helpful to experience the pressure of the professional game indirectly while playing baseball in front of a packed crowd.”
He was nominated by Hanwha with the 31st overall pick in the fourth round at the 2024 KBO Rookie Draft held in Westin Chosun Seoul, Jung-gu, Seoul on the 14th. At the time, Hanwha said, “We chose to secure stable infield resources” on the reason for the designation of Hwang Young-mook, a right-handed left-handed resource with compliance infield defense and contact capabilities.
Hwang Young-mook, who met that day, said, “My parents were the reason why I had to play baseball better. My mom and dad always did their best to support me in their position, he said. “I want to return the love I received from my parents for good grades in the professional.”
It is said that Hwang Young-mook’s father split the time to spend on his day job and served as his son’s manager for a long time. This is why Hwang Young-mook was able to focus only on baseball.
Hwang Young-mook, who arrived at the destination that felt far away, was back at the starting point. It is a fierce competition to become a starting player that is waiting for him to cross the threshold of becoming a professional.
Hwang Young-mook said, “I have a dream I’ve had since I first started baseball. “I’m playing baseball with support in front of many fans,” he said. “I’ve been to a good team called Hanwha, so I’ll do my best to play according to the team’s reputation.”