“I’m really working hard.”
Director Hong Won-ki of Kiwoom Heroes couldn’t hide his regret when the story of Lee Jung-hoo came out. Even so, he said, “I hope (the sluggishness) is not mentioned much.” I hope that the burden on Lee Jung-hoo’s heart will be lessened even a little bit.
The best hitter in the KBO League, national team outfielder Lee Jung-hoo, faced his first ordeal in his professional life. 7th year pro this year. There have been big and small bends in the meantime, but it is the first time that the sluggish batting lasts for such a long time. Lee Jung-hoo recorded a career batting average of 3.4 and 2.0 for six seasons from his professional debut season to last year. It was a season in which he never batted a .300, and his personal ‘lowest batting average’ was a .32.4 that he had in his debut season.
Now, everyone acknowledges that he is the best hitter in the country. He also performed well against strong teams in international competitions as a national team member. At the WBC (World Baseball Classic) held last month, the Korean national team went through the humiliation of being eliminated in the first round, but Lee Jung-hoo shone. The American Major League and Japanese NPB evaluations were no different.
However, Lee Jung-hoo is going through a period of trouble this season. On the 22nd, against SSG Landers in Incheon, he appeared as the third hitter and was silent with no hits in 4 at-bats. On the 21st, in the SSG match, he hit a solo home run against Kim Gwang-hyun and seemed to rebound, but the next day he was silent again.
In fact, it is still only at the beginning of the season. And no one doubts Lee Jung-hoo’s ability itself. The same goes for Lee Jung-hoo. Lee Jung-hoo, who swept the league MVP and 5 batting crowns, has prepared more fiercely this season than ever before. He made several changes himself, but tried to keep the good ones. The quality of the batted ball itself is not bad. In the match against SSG on the 22nd, Lee Jung-hoo also had several hits that were caught head-on. But in the end, it would be a lie to say that the number of hits and the batting average make the evaluation, so the mind is just as comfortable. Lee Jung-hoo’s expression of regret more than anyone after being struck out was captured on the broadcast screen.
Director Hong Won-ki, who is watching closely, also said, “Yesterday (21st) he hit a home run, but now Jung-hoo is not a problem with one home run and one or two hits. He will not be satisfied with that. The problem is that the mechanism isn’t coming out. We’re still working hard. We’re working really hard to find the cause with the power analysis team.” 토토사이트
Now you can’t even ignore the value of the name. When facing Lee Jung-hoo, the opposing pitcher throws the most powerful ball with all his might, and the battery’s winning numbers become more sophisticated. There are balls that are really hard to hit. Also, although he has been showing signs of reviving recently, it was difficult to expect an ‘umbrella effect’ when Edison Russell, who was right behind him, was sluggish. In addition, when Lee Jung-hoo’s hits did not come out well, the opposing pitcher has recently been showing a tendency to push harder.
The Kiwoom coaching staff is watching over Lee Jung-hoo with unchanging trust and faith. This season is important not simply because he announced that he will go abroad, but because he wants to finish well in his home team more than anyone else. How will he get back to his original self?