It’s only our second year. But talent is already blossoming through the international competition. A new golden generation is emerging.
The representative golden generations of the KBO include those born in 1973, when Park Chan-ho, Park Jae-hong, Yeom Jong-seok, and Lim Sun-dong played, and those born in 1982, when Choo Shin-soo, Lee Dae-ho, Oh Seung-hwan, Kim Tae-gyun, and Jeong Geun-woo raised the popularity of baseball.토토사이트
The 1987 generation, which included Ryu Hyun-jin, Yang Yang-ji, Kang Jeong-ho, Hwang Jae-gyun, Chau Chan, Kim Hyun-soo, Han Ki-ju, Lee Jae-won, and Min Byung-heon, and the 1988 generation, which included the left-handed ace duo Kim Kwang-hyun (SSG) and Yang Hyun-jong (KIA) and hit-maker Son Ah-seop (NC), are also called the Golden Generation.
Then, in the 2000s, the first golden generation emerged. They have just entered the professional ranks and are quickly establishing themselves and making a name for themselves. They quickly became a key part of the national team’s generation change as they became more reliable in international competitions.
They were born in 2003. Hanwha’s Moon Dong-ju (1st round), KT’s Park Young-hyun (1st round), KIA’s Kim Do-young (1st round), Choi Ji-min (2nd round), Samsung’s Lee Jae-hyun (1st round), and Lotte’s Yoon Dong-hee (2nd round) have already made their mark.
Moon Dong-joo and Kim Do-young have been on the radar since last year. This year, they’ve definitely improved. Moon was named the Rookie of the Year after starting 23 games, going 8-8 with a 3.72 ERA. Due to the club’s pitching restrictions, he ended the regular season early on September 3 against LG, and only appeared at the Asian Games and APBC. At the Asian Games, he started both the preliminary round and the final against Chinese Taipei to win gold, and at the APBC, he was the ace of the tournament’s first game against Australia.
After batting just 2-for-33 in 103 games last year (53 hits in 224 at-bats), Kim has quickly adjusted to the pros this season, batting 3-for-33 in 84 games (103 hits in 340 at-bats). He also showed off his quick feet with 25 stolen bases. He didn’t make it to the Asian Games, but his stellar performance in the APBC set the stage for the next generation of national third basemen.
Park Young-hyun has pitched impressively this season as the next generation of closers. With a 3-3 record, four saves, 32 holds and a 2.75 ERA, he became the youngest pitcher to break the 30-hold mark. At the Asian Games, he impressed fans with his cool fastball. In the playoffs and the Korean Series, he showed that he is strong in big games with his hard-hitting pitches.
Choi Ji-min also quickly established herself as a left-handed bullpen pitcher. Last year, she appeared in only six games for the first team, but this season, she has emerged as a key member of KIA’s bullpen with a 6-3 record, three saves, and a 2.12 ERA in 58 appearances. He also pitched at the Asian Games and APBC, proving that he can pitch on the international stage.
Yoon Dong-hee has also made a name for herself on the international stage. After appearing in just four games with the first team last year and going 2-for-13, Yoon batted .288 (111-for-387) with two home runs and 41 RBIs in 107 games this year. After being named to the Asian Games team in place of Lee, Yoon became the lifeblood of the batting lineup and a key contributor to the gold medal victory. He also appeared in the APBC as the starting right fielder, making a name for himself among fans as the next big right-handed outfielder.
Despite not playing internationally, Lee Jae-hyun has solidified himself as Samsung’s main shortstop. After playing in 75 games last year, Lee has played in 143 games this season, batting .244 with 114 hits in 458 at-bats, 12 home runs and 60 RBIs.
He’s only two years old. The next generation of players is also developing their skills in the Futures League. The KBO is excited about the younger generation that has emerged all at once.