“You have to accept it with an open mind.”
I came to Korea suddenly during the season, but I achieved good results and even renewed my contract. Anthony Alford, a foreign hitter from KT Wiz, explained the difference between American baseball and Korean baseball and gave tips to new foreign hitters.
Alford wore the KT uniform in place of Henry Ramos, who was injured last year. Alford, who started playing in mid-June, quickly adapted and played an active part in the center batting line with Park Byeong-ho. He showed off his clutch ability by hitting a walk-off home run to Oh Seung-hwan.
Alford, who recorded a batting average of .286, 14 home runs and 50 RBIs in 80 games, succeeded in renewing his contract even though MVP Mel Rojas Jr. was released from the Hanshin Tigers. It has its second season in Korea with a total of 1.1 million dollars.
When asked if he had any advice for new foreign hitters this season, Alford said, “Meet new pitchers in a new league, have different ball combinations, and throw different pitches. It takes time to adapt.” 보증놀이터 Going out and trying to accept it with an open mind will produce better results.”
When asked if the American and Korean ball formulations were different, the answer was “different”.
Alford said, “Korea tends to play with breaking balls in important counts. On the other hand, in the United States, there are many pitchers with fast velocity, so they often play with fast balls.”
“That doesn’t mean that it’s harder in the US or easier in Korea,” said Alford. said.
I could often see foreign pitchers and batters coming to the KBO League and insisting on their own style and failing. So, no matter which player is selected recently, whether or not they adapt to Korean baseball is evaluated as a factor that separates success and failure. So Alford emphasized ‘open mind’.