Son Ah-seop (35-NC Dinos), who hit the most hits this year, and Noh Si-hwan (23-Hanwha Eagles), who hit the most home runs, engaged in a hilarious battle of nerves.The two players hail from the same city of Busan and are close hometown friends.This year, Son ranked first in batting average (.339) and hits (187), while Noh won the home run (31) and RBI (101) titles.Baldan said, “My next dream is to be a batting champion. The junior’s challenge came three days later, when Son fired back.On July 7, Son received the Best Player of 2023 award from the Korea Professional Baseball Retired Players Association at Hotel Rivera in Gangnam-gu, Seoul.”Si-hwan was provoking me at the last award ceremony, but I told him, ‘You can’t beat me in this life,'” Son responded.”I’m honored and happy that he nominated me,” Son said to rookie pitcher Kim Taek-yeon (18), who chose him as his favorite batter to face, before laughing and saying, “If we meet in a game, I’ll have to show him that the professional stage is not easy.”Kim Taek-yeon, who was selected by the Doosan Bears with the No. 2 overall pick in the 2024 Rookie Draft, received a special amateur award.

“You’re the same age as me, but let’s see what happens in 12 years,” Noh said wittily, “I’m better than you at 24 years old…” he added.Of course, he hasn’t forgotten his respect for his seniors.”If you talk to him a lot about baseball, he’s a genius,” Noh said. “Most players have their own zone at the plate and aim for that course, but he just sees the ball and hits the ball. But to have a batting average like that is a genius,” he said.Meanwhile, Noh’s bubbly personality was also recognized by the Hanwha club.In his acceptance speech, he said, “I want to ask them to raise my salary because I did a good job this year,” and when he met with reporters, he reiterated, “I’ll do even better next year, so I hope you care a lot.”When asked about his off-season plans, he said, “I think it’s a stage where I’m gaining experience and improving my skills rather than improving my skills themselves.” “I did well this year, so I’ll remember the process of the last off-season and prepare similarly 스포츠토토존 (for next season),” he said.