Hanwha Eagles’ Birch Smith (32), Brian O’Gredi (30), and Felix Pena (32) showed their enthusiasm for the start of the 2023 spring camp held at Bellbank Park in Mesa, Arizona, USA on the 1st (local time).
“I’m glad to meet you guys,” 안전놀이터 said Birch Smith. “I came here thinking that I am a player who can help the team win. Let’s have a great season together.” He also added, “I want to learn a lot about Korean culture, including food, in the future,” adding, “Please help me a lot.”
Hanwha newly recruited fireballer right-hander Smith for a total of 1 million dollars (approximately 1.223 billion won).
Brian O’Grady said, “It’s the same idea as the Burch I mentioned earlier.”
O’Grady, wearing a new Hanwha uniform, is a right-handed left-handed outfielder recruited by Hanwha for a total of $900,000 (approximately 1.1 billion won).
Pena emphasized, “Let’s bring out all our abilities. I hope we can achieve good results by concentrating as one.” He said, “It’s nice to see you again. If you have any questions for me at any time, don’t hesitate to ask. I will do the same.”
Pena joined last year as a substitute foreign player for a total of 500,000 dollars (about 611 million won) and signed a new contract this year for a total of 850,000 dollars (about 1.04 billion won).
After light personal training at the lodging, they had a meeting with general manager Sohn Hyuk, head coach Subero, coaches, and the players.
Hanwha stayed at the bottom from 2021 when coach Subero took the helm until last year. Hanwha made up for the new season by bringing in three free agents such as Chae Eun-seong, Lee Tae-yang, and Oh Seon-jin in this Stove League to make up for the lack of power.
Hanwha, who kept the 10th place for three consecutive years from 2020 to 2022, prepares for a new face and a full-fledged season.
Hanwha will continue this first camp until the 23rd with a 3-day training and 1-day rest schedule. From the 28th, the second camp will be held in Okinawa, Japan, focusing on practice games.