As the opponent of ‘Legend’, I will go out once again!
Lee Jeong-hoo (25, Kiwoom Heroes), who is entering his 7th year as a pro, is on the road to achieving another great record. He leaves for the United States on the 9th and focuses on individual training until the team’s Arizona spring camp in February.
For Lee Jung-hoo, 2023 is the most important year in his professional career. Last month, he told Kiwoom that he wanted to enter the major leagues through the posting system (private competitive bidding). With Kiwoom allowing this on the 2nd, he will get his dream opportunity to challenge on the American stage after the upcoming new season.
Lee Jung-hoo is undeniably the best hitter in the current KBO league. He won the batting title in 2021 and 2022 one after another. In particular, in the 2022 season, he achieved 5 batting crowns (batting average, hits, RBIs, on-base percentage, and slugging percentage) and also won the MVP trophy for the first pennant race in his life. 메이저놀이터
He is showing off his peak skills, and the major leagues are also paying attention. MLB.com, the official homepage of the Major League, also conveyed the news of Kiwoom’s permission to post, saying, “The green light has been turned on for the KBO League superstar’s trip to the Major League.”
In order for Lee Jung-hoo to continue receiving the same high level of attention from the major leagues as he is now, he must improve his performance this year as well as last year. The best result is, of course, ‘King of Hitting, Mercury’. If he wins the batting championship again this year, he will be crowned the batting king for the third year in a row.
He also did not hide his greed. After winning the MVP award at the KBO Awards Ceremony held in November of last year, Lee Jung-hoo said, “Next year, I will challenge the batting champion for the third consecutive year.” The goals for the new season have already been clearly set.
Until last year, in the 40-year history of the KBO League, there was only one hitter who achieved the batting title for three consecutive years. This is Jang Hyo-jo (former Samsung Lions), who won the batting title from 1985 to 1987. The late Jang Hyo-jo recorded an unprecedented batting average of 0.373 in 1985, 0.329 in 1986, and 0.387 in 1987. It was also included in the KBO ‘Legend 40’ selected last year.
Lee Jung-hoo is a familiar legend. Lee Jung-hoo ranks first overall with a career batting average of 0.342 in the KBO League. Last year, this record was achieved, and the previous number one was Jang Hyo-jo (0.331). If Lee Jung-hoo wins the batting title for the third consecutive year with a high batting average this year, he will be able to stand shoulder to shoulder with Jang Hyo-jo’s career batting average record and also win consecutive batting titles. For Lee Jung-hoo, this is bound to be the best goal of the new season.