Chris Bryant (31‧Colorado), who received an enormous spotlight from the time of his debut and was treated as a star, won the 2015 National League Rookie of the Year Award and the 2016 National League Most Valuable Player (MVP), and was repeatedly promoted to the special ranks. did.
After that, there were ups and downs, but it was clear that he was still a good hitter, and ahead of the 2022 season, he signed a large contract with Colorado for a total of 182 million dollars (about 224.3 billion won) over 7 years. It is also true that Bryant’s batting performance at Coors Field, a hitter’s paradise, was highly anticipated. But that hope was shattered from the start. He didn’t follow his body.
Bryant struggled with a back injury last year, and his feet didn’t work well. As plantar fasciitis came along, he had great difficulty defending. Ultimately, he only appeared in 42 games for the season. He saved face by posting an OPS (on-base percentage + slugging percentage) of 0.851, but it was impossible to pay for his salary with 42 appearances.
Many looked at Bryant with concern, citing the example of Albert Pujols, who retired at the end of last season. Pujols, who was the best hitter of his time, suffered from plantar fasciitis right after he transferred with a huge free agent contract, and had to suffer throughout his career. Due to severe pain, he eventually underwent surgery, but the injury did not fully recover, and in the end of his active career, he became a batter who could not challenge second base even if he split left and right. 바카라사이트
But Bryant is confident that he won’t follow that path. Bryant said in an interview with the Denver Post, an influential local media, on the 16th (Korean time), “I am 100% ready to play baseball.” After the season, there was no pain in his back or feet, and he is still preparing for spring training normally. He boasted that he would be 100 percent fit in spring training, which will begin around February 20th.
Bryant explained that plantar fasciitis caused a strain on his feet as he couldn’t use his injured back, which led to a series of lower body problems. However, now that his back has improved, he can use his strength, and he is solving the problem with physical therapy and systematic rehabilitation.
“It’s going in the completely right direction,” Bryant stressed. Colorado coach Bud Black also encouraged him, saying, “A month from now, you’ll be exactly where you need to be.”
Colorado, which sits at the bottom of the table, has recently suffered criticism for misplacing his money, and Bryant’s first season has not escaped stigma. In order for Colorado, which does not have a strong mound, to rebound, it needs the power of the batting line anyway, and Bryant needs to lead the team from the center. It remains to be seen whether he will be able to climb the mountain in good health for the remaining six years.