The professional baseball trade market has been closed. Once the LG Twins recruited Choi Won-tae, they solved the starting pitcher’s concerns. I can’t bring him right away because I want to start, but I think the LG front showed great bargaining power at a time when the pressure was greater. His fighting spirit and execution were outstanding. It’s definitely one of the season’s best scenes. The process and results of filling the core of the team formation are good, but the psychological factors that this trade will give inside and outside the team are also important. Note the inner awakening effect.

“You have to keep the team boiling.” In the past, Kim Yong-hee, a KBO game management committee member, told me that when the team is in crisis, the front desk should see the situation and deploy the necessary resources in the right place. It is a message that there is a time for trade or player replacement, and that time should not be missed. May 2019, Na Sung-bum’s knee injury and the 2020 trade deadline, these words are remembered as compasses to me. After reinforcing the bullpen with a trade in the summer of 2020, there was a voice of self-reflection from inside the pitching staff. At that time, Lim Chang-min, head of the pitching team, said, “A good junior left the team because we made a mistake,” and gathered the remaining players’ sorry feelings and used it as an opportunity to change the atmosphere. As the new player was a good thing, internal solidarity was great, and if this process goes well, it will be reset and become an opportunity for a new leap forward. It is the role of the player-coach-front leadership group to turn the various crises that professional sports teams face during their season voyage into momentum for resetting.

Recently, there has been a lot of news about high school baseball at the national championships, and in the case of baseball, there has been a series of introductions of notable players ahead of the draft on September 14. One of the things that should not be missed in introducing the player is the size of the body, followed by an explanation of the “proud physique.” I think it’s kind of a cliche. Although he is still a player at the time of his body’s growth, he seems to have hastily decided that he will become a lumber by the current standards. They tend to think that even the possibility is small, especially because they are short. A lot has disappeared, but this stereotype still exists in baseball.

The problem is that stereotypes paired with numbers make people believe as if they were real science. From “short pitchers have a slow ball speed” to “average short players rarely succeed,” these words combine preconceived leaps of logic. Regardless of the correlation between height and restraint, restraint itself is no longer an absolute criterion for success. For pitchers, other data such as rotations and movements are becoming more important indicators. If you are a batter, it is not just a batting average, but a changing trend in domestic and foreign professional clubs is to predict and expect the possibility of development by just looking at the speed of the batter even if the batting average is bad right now. The story of 168cm tall home run infielder Jose Altuve, who plays in the Major League, is a good example of breaking this stereotype.

It is necessary to carefully examine whether the word average has any stereotypes. The message I found in the book ‘End of Average’ I read recently was ‘No average person’. Professor Todd Rose of Harvard School of Education, who wrote the book, argues that humans are obsessed with averages to find rules and make typical samples. In 1940, the U.S. Air Force measured 10 items, including height, chest circumference, and arm length, for 4,063 pilots to design the fighter pilot’s cabin, and none of them averaged out in all categories. Air Force and airplane makers who tried to design the cockpit for the average pilot were stunned by the results. Eventually, you abandon applying the average number. Now apparently adjustable seats and helmet draw straps have been incorporated into the design. The author explains that the era in which the average is the standard should go to an era in which individual uniqueness, individual characteristics, and individual development speed and path are recognized. Professor Rose himself was diagnosed with ADHD when he was young and dropped out of school.

A lot of stereotypes still hold power. Some things are excluded and hurt. What stereotypes and averages do you have in front of you?

Certified coach Kim Jong-moon Kim Jong-moon, a certified coach of the Korea Coaches Association

, was a reporter for the JoongAng Ilbo and worked as a front desk for the NC Dinos baseball team from 2011 to 2021. At the end of 2018, he took over as the leader of the ‘last-place’ team and led it to the first championship team two years later. He is currently a Korean Coach Association Certified Coach (KPC).


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