Lee Jeong-hoo (25, Kiwoom Heroes) is the player who is attracting the most attention ahead of the 2023 World Baseball Classic (WBC). 온라인카지노 He is not only Korean. After finishing the 2023 season, Lee Jung-hoo announced his intention to challenge the American Major League (MLB) through the posting system, and Kiwoom allowed it earlier this year. As he has formalized his entry into the US, he can make more specific moves on the US side as well.
In fact, interest in Lee Jung-hoo is hot in the United States. On December 20, 2019 (Korean time), the official website of Major League Baseball, <MLB.com> reported that “KBO League superstars can shake up the FA market next winter.” It was right after Lee Jung-hoo announced to the Kiwoom club that he would challenge the major leagues after the season. The media said, “(Lee Jung-hoo’s) power, contact ability, and at-bat adaptation will offset the difficulties that KBO league hitters have experienced when facing faster balls from big league pitchers.”
This kind of interest can burden Lee Jung-hoo. This is because, in addition to the weight of the national team match, they have to endure the eyes of major league scouts. In other words, the World Baseball Classic has become a kind of ‘preview event’ for advancement to the United States. However, on the 19th (Korean time), Lee Jung-hoo, who appeared at the national team training held at the Kino Sports Complex in Tucson, Arizona, USA, said that he had already erased the problems related to entering the US from his mind.
Instead, he was concentrating on the main stage of the tournament to be held from the 9th. After completing the national team training that day, Lee Jung-hoo said, “The evaluation and analysis of the major league clubs have already been completed, and (scouts) were advised to observe the mental aspects and coping according to the game situation.” Hearing that story, I felt comfortable. No matter who comes (to the stadium), I will only focus on my play.” It is known that Lee Jung-hoo heard this advice from agent Scott Boras, an American agent.
He said, “The major league scouts will analyze players who want to advance to the United States, such as Ko Woo-seok, Jung Woo-young (above LG Twins), Kang Baek-ho (kt Wiz), and Kim Hye-seong (Kiwoom), rather than me.” I will focus on winning the team without being conscious of (scouting).” Lee Jung-hoo also said, “I really want to come back to the United States (where the semifinals will be held).” Right now, I will only think about the game against Australia,” he added.
So far, Lee Jung-hoo has participated in two major competitions wearing the Taegeuk mark. During the 2018 Jakarta Palembang Asian Games, his first national team appearance, he was selected as a substitute starter and played an unrivaled performance, and Korea won the gold medal. However, at the 2022 Tokyo Olympics, it was below expectations, with only 2 hits in 5 at-bats in the bronze medal match against the Dominican Republic. Korea also ranked fourth. In a meeting with the <Hankyoreh> last December, Lee Jung-hoo said, “I forgot about the Olympics,” and pledged, “The World Baseball Classic is the biggest competition, and since it will be held for the first time in six years, we must win it unconditionally.”
After winning MVP at the 2022 KBO League Awards Ceremony, Lee Jung-hoo said, “I have lived as my father’s son, and now I will live my baseball life in my name.” He is aiming for the World Baseball Classic, which will be the first step in his new baseball life.