NC foreign hitter who succeeded in rebounding with confidence and certainty “I want to play an active role in a nervous and fun PS”

“I heard that the post season (PS) is really tense and fun. I really want to stand on that stage and perform.”

NC Dinos’ foreign hitter Jason Martin, who succeeded in rebounding in the second half, delivered a bold goal.

Martin, who entered the professional league after being nominated by the Houston Astros in 2013, moved to the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2018 and made his MLB debut in the 2019 season. Afterwards, he wore a Texas Rangers uniform as a free agent for the 2021 season, and played an active part in the big leagues until that year. His MLB career record was a batting average of .206 with 6 homers and 21 RBIs in 85 appearances (205 at bats).

Martin, who tied for first place in the Triple-A Pacific Coast League home run category last year with 32 arches on the Triple-A team under the Los Angeles Dodgers, joined hands with NC ahead of this season. NC paid attention to the fact that Martin is a professional outfielder who can digest all positions in the outfield, and his pioneering vision is good and his contact ability and power are excellent.

However, Martin’s life in Korea was not smooth. At the beginning of the season, he was absent for about a month due to a microscopic injury to the internal oblique muscle, and after that, he showed severe ups and downs. During the first half, his batting average was 0.286 (57 hits in 199 bats), 7 home runs and 34 RBIs. It was definitely not the ‘fourth hitter’ that NC expected from Martin. According to NC coach Kang In-kwon, at the time, Martin was known to have made constant efforts to escape from his sluggishness, such as finding his batting form when he was good through video calls with coaches in the United States.

After all, does heaven help those who help themselves? Martin is writing a thrilling twist drama in the second half. As of the 31st, during the second half, he recorded a batting average of 0.364 (12 hits in 33 bats), 3 homers, 10 RBIs, and an OPS (on-base percentage + slugging percentage) of 1.049, leading NC’s batting line.

Martin, who recently met with a reporter at Changwon NC Park, said about the factor that was able to rebound like this, “There is no big secret. Confidence and confidence in me at the plate seemed to be the most important thing,” he said. “When I was sluggish, the NC members also did everything for me. Thank you very much,” he explained.

He continued, “I could have done better in the meantime, but it was regrettable that there was a period of stagnation. I also felt sorry for my teammates,” he said. “But I firmly believed that the time would come to show my skills someday. The past is just the past. There are still many seasons left. I want to make up for it by doing better in those games.”

In particular, Martin has recently launched a series of nutritious home runs that have led to game victories. On July 22nd, against the Hanwha Eagles in Daejeon, NC drew a thunderbolt-like 3-point arch in the top of the 9th inning, when the defeat was deep 4-5, and on July 25th, against the Changwon KIA Tigers, NC exploded a comeback full run at the end of the 7th inning when NC was trailing 1-3. made it As NC won those games 7-5 and 5-3, respectively, all of his home runs became final shots. What is the secret to Martin’s success in the game?

He said, “There was no such thing as taking a different approach depending on the situation.” It seems that seeing the ball all the way and swinging confidently has also worked.”

Above all, from Martin’s point of view, he will be more than happy to perform in front of his parents who recently visited Korea to see him. Martin’s family, who stepped on Korean soil on the 23rd, will return to the United States today (31st).

“I think the power of family is really great,” said Martin. I am so grateful that my family can come to Korea and watch my game like this. If I think about my family watching my game in the future, I think I will have another strength.” “My parents love the baseball field very much. During practice, he went up to Starbucks in Changwon NC Park to watch the training, then went home to rest and watch the game. When it was over, I had a conversation with my family about the game. It was small,” he said.

Martin, who met with a reporter when he was raising his body in the Futures (2nd team) league in early May and revealed that his closest colleague was Park Min-woo, has completely melted into the current NC club. In particular, all the members of the Beast Team became precious friends to him.

“Including Park Min-woo, (Park) Kun-woo, (Chun) Jae-hwan, (Yoon) Hyeong-jun, etc. Even if you start listing the names of close players like this, eventually all the players’ names will come out. The beast tank is too sticky. Thanks to the help of all the field teams, I gained confidence at bat, and I was able to live well in Korea.” Martin’s words.

NC is doing well despite frequent injuries this year. Looking at the current situation, the main starting resources such as native left-handed ace Gu Chang-mo (left forearm stress fracture), Lee Jae-hak (left metatarsal bone fracture), and Choi Seong-yeong (orbital fracture) are missing, but they are maintaining 4th place with a record of 43 wins, 1 draw and 42 losses. . Recently, in the 3 consecutive matches held on the 28th and 30th, all of them are kneeling down to KT Wiz and slowing down, but NC is definitely one of the best fighting clubs in the KBO League this season.

Martin said, “Even when I didn’t know the team well during the training session, I became convinced that this team would never be in the bottom ranks when I talked to the players or trained together.” Looking at the game, it was not a team that played to lose. What is clear is that we are clearly a competitive team among the 10 clubs.”꽁머니지급

Finally, he said, “I know that everyone expected us to be in the lower ranks before the season. All the players have built their bodies well, and are doing much better, as if they were stimulated by it. The goal of all NC members, not just me, is to go to the postseason and win the Korean Series,” he said. “I heard from my teammates that the postseason is really tense and fun. I really want to stand on that stage and be active. This is my personal goal as well as the team,” he did not hide his desire to advance to fall baseball.