KT Wiz’s flagship hitter Kang Baek-ho expressed his pride in the changed team’s status and pledged to revive the 2023 season.
Kang Baek-ho attended the 2023 Shinhan Bank SOL KBO Media Day held at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Hannam-dong, Yongsan-gu, Seoul on the 30th, representing director Lee Kang-cheol, captain Park Kyung-soo, and the KT team.
Kang Baek-ho said at this meeting스포츠토토, “I am in really good condition. I built up my body quickly in preparation for the World Baseball Classic (WBC), and I am looking forward to this season.” I will,” he said.
Kang Baek-ho had a batting average of 0.245, 6 home runs and 29 RBIs in 62 games amid frequent injuries last year. For the first time since his pro debut in 2018, he accepted an incongruous report card of fewer than 100 games played, fewer than three-digit hits, and no double-digit home runs.
Kang Baek-ho, who is indecisive, prepared for the 2023 season by sweating all winter. Through a meeting with manager Lee Kang-cheol, the defensive position was also decided to return from first baseman to outfielder. Kang Baek-ho himself made a perfect body condition to the point of confidently saying, “I trained more than any other year.”
Kang Baek-ho smiled and expressed his determination, saying, “My outfield defense is gradually gaining my senses. People don’t expect me to make great fine plays, so I’m trying to show the appearance of an ordinary outfielder with the idea of catching only the balls that come to me.”
He also said, “If my performance dropped last year, I would have only regrets, but I think it’s my fault because I couldn’t play a lot because of an injury.” he explained.
Kang Baek-ho said he was proud of the changed status of his team, KT. KT was mentioned as a team that is certain to advance to the postseason by 6 out of 9 coaches on Media Day that day.
Even until the 2018 season, when Kang Baek-ho debuted in a KT uniform, KT had a strong image of the youngest club and weaker team, but as of 2023, no team can easily see KT. It is recognized as a strong team in the 2020s by advancing to fall baseball for three consecutive years from 2020 and writing the history of the combined championship in 2021.
Kang Baek-ho said, “It seems that the coaches of other teams are looking at KT strongly, so I am proud of myself and seem to be gaining more confidence.” “KT has a lot of really good players even if it’s not me. I want to finish it in 4 games,” he said.