Pittsburgh Pirates “little brother” Bae Ji-hwan, 24, had no doubt that his “big brother” Lee Jung-hoo, 25, of the Kiwoom Heroes would succeed in his quest to reach the major leagues.
Bae is coming off a successful rookie season. 메이저놀이터 He returned home via Incheon International Airport on Nov. 11.
In 111 games, Bae hit .231 with two home runs, 32 RBIs, 24 doubles, and 54 runs scored. Defensively, he played all over the infield, including second base and center field.
His quick feet once shook up the major leagues. He started off strong, racking up stolen bases and competing for the stolen base title. Although an ankle injury cut his season short, it was a year in which he showed off his quick feet.
Kim Ha-seong (San Diego) led the way with 38 stolen bases this year, the most by a Korean player in a single season, while Bae Ji-hwan passed Choo Shin-soo’s 22 stolen bases in 2010 to become the second most by a Korean player in a single season.
Ki Sung-hoo sprinted to first base after hitting an infield grounder in the bottom of the eighth inning./My Daily
Manager of the San Francisco Phillies of the Major League Baseball watches the game./MyDaily
Now, another KBO player is on his way to the major leagues. It’s Lee Jeong-hoo. After the end of this season, he will try to go to the United States through the posting system. He is already considered a major free agent outfielder in the United States.
Several clubs are expected to join the race to sign him. One of them is the San Francisco Giants. The San Francisco Giants. General manager Pete Petilla personally came to Gocheok Dome to watch Lee’s home farewell game on the 10th. When Lee took his last at-bat, he received a standing ovation.
“It’s hard to imagine him getting less than $50 million,” said the local media about Lee’s price tag.
Bae may be a year younger than Lee, but he’ll be a senior in the major leagues. He might have some advice for Lee as he embarks on his big challenge.
“(Lee) is already the best player in Korea. He’s earned the right to be there, so I don’t have anything to say in terms of baseball, but I think I should learn from him.”
He hopes to get to the major leagues soon. ”I wish there were more Korean players in the major leagues,” Bae said, “Honestly, there are times when I feel marginalized in the major leagues. I hope (Lee) also comes to the major leagues with a good contract.”
He trains during the offseason to prepare for his second year in the big leagues. ”I think it’s a big challenge to play steadily and consistently like a big league player,” Bae said, adding, “I want to stay in the major leagues next year and play a lot of fall baseball.”