Since then, Kim Tae-gun has begun to prove his value as a key backup catcher from the 2020 season. In the 2020 season, Kim Tae-gun continued his career with a batting average of 0.292 (33 hits in 113 times at bat) of 18 RBIs and an OPS of 0.719 with a batting average of 0.292 (33 hits in 113 times at bat). That year, as the team won the Korean Series along with the regular season, it also held the winning ring in its arms. In the 2021 season, Kim Tae-gun played in 102 games and showed his strong physical strength. And in December of that year, I changed my uniform again. His destination is Samsung Lions. Samsung made a 2:1 trade to recruit Kim Tae-gun instead of sending pitcher Shim Chang-min and catcher Kim Eung-min to NC. 스포츠토토 At that time, Samsung was able to reinforce its home turf resources with the recruitment of Kim Tae-gun ahead of FA negotiations with Kang Min-ho. And Kim Tae-gun is in full bloom in the 2022 season. In addition to his career-high batting average of 0.298 (61 hits in 205 at-bats) in 102 games, OPS also posted a career-high indicator of 0.738 as well. Thanks to this, he received a lot of love from many Samsung fans, reaching the top of the interim tally in the All-Star Game fan voting. “It’s an honor for the family,” he said with a big smile at the top of the All-Star interim tally, and added, “I had a hard time last year, but I think I endured it well and had a good experience. Kim Tae-gun, who said, “It seems to lead to good results at the baseball stadium,” even earned the nickname “Taegun Mama” along with his brilliant performance in the All-Star Game.
A big change came to Kim Tae-gun once again in July. It was a trade. This time, it was a red team, not a blue. Samsung agreed to a 1:1 trade to send Kim Tae-gun instead of receiving Ryu Ji-hyuk, the main infielder of the KIA Tigers. KIA left the team and wore the LG Twins uniform after Park Dong-won, the main catcher, qualified for the FA ahead of this season. In response, he went out to find another main catcher, but the market situation was not lost, and he had a lot of difficulties due to the absence of the main-level master at the beginning of the season. On the other hand, Samsung’s strong starting catcher Kang Min-ho was still holding up well. Eventually, the trade was made as the situation of the two teams matched. Kim Tae-gun, who had a batting average of 0.256, one homer, 18 RBIs, seven runs scored, 0.328 slugging percentage, and a on-base percentage of 0.329 in 49 games before the trade, immediately jumped to the starting line after moving to KIA. As a veteran catcher, he led young juniors and took charge of KIA’s home turf. Although KIA was eliminated from the postseason this season, it was able to end the year with a batting average of 0.257 (78 hits in 303 at-bats), one home run, 40 RBIs, 15 walks, 29 strikeouts, 0.300, an on-base percentage, and an OPS of 0.606 in 112 games.
I met Kim Tae-gun at the spring camp last winter. At the time, Kim Tae-gun said, “I am a player who is thirsty for the number of games. “I’m ready to go out at any time as long as I don’t break my bones,” he said, expressing his sincerity. It was never a story to be told if he simply wanted to stay as a backup catcher in moderation. The baseball community evaluates Kim Tae-gun as a player with excellent spirit of sacrifice. Now, as a veteran with full maturity, he leads and leads junior pitchers well. In addition, KIA still needs more time to grow catchers such as Han Seung-taek (49 games in the 2023 season), Han Jun-su (47 games in the 2023 season), and Shin Bum-soo (36 games in the 2023 season). In the end, it was also the reason why KIA had no choice but to press Kim Tae-gun to sit down. After completing his multi-year contract with KIA this time, Kim Tae-gun said through the club, “I sincerely thank the KIA Tigers club for needing me. I would also like to thank the KIA Tigers fans for their great support to me despite joining in the middle of the season, he said. Kim Tae-gun continued, “I feel a great responsibility as an old player. I will do my part and work together with my fellow players to greatly contribute to KIA, he said. “As much as you have given me a lot of support, I will try to be a player who rewards my fans with good performances.”