Lee Jung-hoo, who has evolved one step further, shows the dignity of a preliminary big leaguer at the WBC

The first round elimination has already been confirmed. However, the 2023 World Baseball Classic (WBC) Korean team did their best until the end.

In the final 4th match against 먹튀검증 China in the WBC Group B group stage held at the Tokyo Dome in Japan on the 13th, Korea won a cold game 22-5, with Park Gun-woo (NC) and j Kim Ha-seong (San Diego) leading the way with a grand home run. After winning the match against the Czech Republic the previous day, Korea finished the tournament in third place in Group B with a record of 2 wins and 2 losses. Although they failed to advance to the quarterfinals as well as the quarterfinals, which was their goal, it was professional to do their best until the end against China, which was considered weak. Coach Lee Kang-cheol bowed his head after the game, saying, “The players did their best to prepare, but I couldn’t produce good results because I was lacking.”

It was a competition full of wounds, but it was not without its harvest. Above all, through this WBC, we were able to see the skill and dignity of Lee Jung-hoo (25, Kiwoom), the ‘grandson of the wind’, the best star in Korean professional baseball.

Last year, he won 5 batting crowns (batting average, hits, RBIs, slugging percentage, on-base percentage) and was selected as the MVP of the regular league 6 years after his professional debut, and he hung on to revising his batting form throughout last winter. Aiming to advance into the American Professional Baseball Major League (MLB) through the posting system (private competitive bidding) after this season, he took the risk of changing his batting form concisely to deal with MLB pitchers who throw balls at an average speed of 150 km/h. There were a lot of people around me who were concerned. It’s because it’s easier said than done to change the posture he’s been doing all his life. A person who has served as a professional baseball manager said, “After all, the beginning is important. If the results come out right, he can push the modified batting form, but if not, he will go back to his original batting form.” This WBC stage was Lee Jung-hoo’s first real fight after changing his batting form. It is also aimed at high-level foreign players, not domestic pitchers.

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