Hanwha Eagles infielder Park Jung-hyeon (22) and kt Wiz pitcher Park Young-hyeon (20) broke several new KBO records last year.
After Park Jeong-hyun was nominated for Hanwha in 2020, and his younger brother Park Young-hyun joined kt as the first nomination last year, the brothers, who both entered the professional world, faced off twice last year. In the 40-year history of the KBO, it was only four times that the two brothers faced each other.
On May 27, at the beginning of the ninth inning, when Hanwha was leading 4-0, Park Young-hyeon met Park Jeong-hyeon at 2nd, 1st and 2nd base. Park Young-hyeon struck out Park Jung-hyeon on a swing after four pitches. It was the moment when the younger brother won for the first time in a total of four sibling confrontations, including Jeong Myung-won-Jeong Hak-won in 1995 and Yoo Won-sang-Yoo Min-sang (twice) in 2020.
Then, on August 5, in the top of the ninth inning, where kt led 5-0, Park Jung-hyun entered the plate with two out and second base. On this day, the families of the two brothers all visited the ballpark. Park Jung-Hyun hit Park Young-Hyun’s 5th ball and scored 1 RBI in a timely manner. This was the first batter’s victory in a sibling match. Previously, the older brother, who was a pitcher, won.
The two brothers, who wrote the KBO record last year, unfortunately started the 2023 season together. On the 29th, Hanwha and kt boarded the same flight to the United States and departed for spring camp in Arizona, the United States. Like any other brother in their 20s, the two young men stood in front of reporters receiving a lot of attention.
Park Jung-hyun briefly expressed his determination for the camp, “I’m looking forward to it because it’s my first American camp, and I want to show a good image by preparing well.” Park Young-hyun, who is more lively than her older brother, expressed her motivation, saying, “It’s my first time in America and my first camp. I have a lot of expectations and a lot of worries. The first thing is to go and adapt, and the goal is to make a good body.”
When asked how he spent the off-season, Park Young-hyun said, “My brother was at his home (Bucheon), and I had a dorm in Suwon, so we weren’t together. The two players rarely talk about baseball. 스포츠토토
If they face off again this year, how will the two players deal with each other? Park Young-hyun said, “I always say, but I will throw a fastball. It is difficult to throw all fastballs. I feel bad because even the breaking ball gets hits. I want to have a good match with a more refined breaking ball.” Park Jung-hyun said, “I didn’t believe it when they said they only threw fastballs.
The two players, who continued to talk, revealed that they had actually made a head-to-head bet. Park Young-hyun said, “I made a bet that if I get 3 hits in 10 at-bats, my brother will win. He intends to give the person who won what he wants,” conveying the promise between the brothers. In order for the bet to be successful, we will have to meet many times in the future.
Lastly, when asked to send each other messages of support, the two gave the same answer as if they had made another promise. Park Jung-hyun said, “Above all, I hope you don’t get sick and prepare well to play in more games.” Park Young-hyun, who heard his brother’s story, smiled and said, “It’s important not to get sick, and I feel this season is important to both of us. I hope you prepare well.”