There was a time when as many as eight Korean players played in the U.S. Major League, the “home of baseball.” Taking advantage of his tremendous performance in the KBO League and Japanese professional baseball, he put himself on a plane to the U.S. and raised the status of Korean baseball by taking the big league mound and at-bat, the stage of his dream.
In 2016, domestic baseball fans suffered from a lack of sleep all year round. As many as eight Korean players, who can’t imagine at this time, went to the Major League and made baseball fans excited day and night.
Choo Shin-soo, the eldest brother who made his Major League debut in 2005, Ryu Hyun-soo and Kang Jung-ho, who joined the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2013, and the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2015, are taking on challenge in the Major League along with establishing a KBO league record, while Lee Dae-ho, the 2015 Japan Series MVP, and Oh Seung-hwan, the relief pitcher of the Japan Central League for two consecutive years, have also decided to cross the Pacific Ocean. Choi Ji-man, who soon moved to the U.S. after graduating from high school, spent a long time in the Minor League.
Challengers received the most attention. Kim Hyun-soo, dubbed “Korea’s batting machine,” signed a two-year contract worth a total of 7 million U.S. dollars with the Baltimore Orioles, while Park Byung-ho, the home run king, headed to the Minnesota Twins for 12 million dollars for 4+1 years.
Lee Dae-ho, a former flagship player of the Softbank Hawks in the Japanese professional baseball league, signed a split contract with the Seattle Mariners in the Minor League, choosing his dream over stability. Oh Seung-hwan, who became the relief pitcher of the Japanese Central League for two consecutive years (2014 and 2015), went to the St. Louis Cardinals for up to 7.5 million dollars per year.
Looking back on 2016, Korean leaguers showed poor performance. In his third year with the Texas Rangers, Choo frequently went back and forth to the injured list, suffering from controversy over his performance in 48 games with a batting average of 242 with seven homers and 17 RBIs. Ryu pitched in only one game after his shoulder surgery in 2015.
Kang returned to his team in May 2016 after Chris Coghlan’s murder tackle fractured his shin bone in September 2015, and he had a batting average of 255 with 21 homers and 62 RBIs in 103 games. However, Kang suffered a fatal blow to his career when he was caught driving under the influence of alcohol in early December that year.
Rookie players have shown impressive performance. With a thorough platooning system, Kim Hyun-soo showed off his competitive edge with a batting average of .32 with six homers and 22 RBIs in 95 games, while Park hit 12 homers in 62 games. Oh was called the “final boss” in the big league, and left an impressive impact with six wins, three losses, 19 saves and an ERA of 1.92 in 76 games.월카지노
Lee Dae-ho turned around his minor contract and recorded a batting average of 253 with 14 homers and 49 RBIs OPS.740 in 104 games on the big league stage.
In addition, Choi Ji-man also finished his long minor league career and made his big league debut with the Los Angeles Angels, leaving him with a batting average of 175, homers and 12 RBIs in 54 games.
Unlike that time, only three players, Kim Ha-sung (San Diego Padres), Bae Ji-hwan (Pittsburgh Pirates), and Lee Jung-hoo (San Francisco Giants), are expected to play in the Major League in the upcoming 2024 season. Ryu Hyun-jin, who became an FA, is known to be agonizing over whether to stay in the Major League and return to Korea, and another FA Choi Ji-man has yet to find his team.
The KBO League, which has been in a rush to enter the U.S. for a while, is drawing attention from the Major League again with Lee Jung-hoo’s mega contract worth more than $100 million. The offseason KBO League is frequently connected to the big league in a long time, including the reverse export of Eric Peddy, the “20th-win ace,” and LG closer Ko Woo-seok’s challenge to the major league.
[OSEN = Reporter Choi Kyu-han] Major leaguer Kim Ha-sung (28, San Diego Padres) held an official press conference at the Rivera Hotel in Cheongdam-dong, Seoul on the 20th for his Major League Golden Glove award. Kim Ha-sung, the first Korean player to receive a Major League Gold Glove, became the second Asian player after Ichiro Suzuki. Ichiro is an outfielder and won the Gold Glove Award for 10 consecutive years when he was with the Seattle Mariners from 2001 to 2010. Kim Ha-sung made his mark in history as the first Asian infielder to receive the award. Kim Ha-sung is having a Q&A session with reporters. / firstname.lastname@example.org
Kim Ha-sung, who became the first Korean to win the National League Gold Glove, said that in order for the number of Korean major leaguers to increase as in 2016, promising players should set their goals on the U.S. stage from an early age.
Kim Ha-sung said, “I hope many Korean players have big goals. I hope they will work hard with the dream of becoming a major league from an early age.”
Fortunately, the opening game of the Major League Baseball will be held in Korea for the first time in March next year. It is a showdown between San Diego, which includes Kim Ha-sung, and the Dodgers, which includes Ohtani and Yoshinobu Yamamoto.
Kim Ha-sung said, “It’s my first time playing in a major league in Korea, so it’s very meaningful. I hope a lot of amateur players come and watch it. It can instill dreams in young players. Of course, I think Korean fans will like it. It’s a great honor for me to play in my first game, too.”
Like Kim Ha-sung, Lee Jung-hoo, who achieved his dream of becoming a big leaguer in the KBO league, agreed with him. “I believe that by winning this contract, my friends and juniors who are similar to me can develop their dreams. There are many talented and better players than me, so I want to say that I should not settle down and work harder. If you work hard, chances come. I hope you have a big goal,” he stressed.
“In my case, (Kim) Ha-sung has been so good to me since last year. I can’t ruin what you did well,” Lee Jung-hoo said. “I want to work hard to make Korean baseball players aware of them. That way, many players can challenge themselves. I will work hard with responsibility.”