The U.S. media and KBO experienced players are also concerned about ‘quick ball response’… Lee Jung-hoo is determined to “hit first.”

Lee Jung-hoo (San Francisco Giants), the “grandchild of the wind” who completed verification in the KBO league and the international arena, has achieved his dream of entering the big league. Now, he has to solve the task of “fast adaptation to the ball” to adapt to the big league.

U.S. local media reported on the 13th (Korea time) that Lee Jung-hoo and San Francisco agreed to a six-year total of $113 million (about 148 billion won). It was also reported that an opt-out clause was included after the end of the 2027 season.

Two days later, the club’s official announcement and details were made public. Lee will receive 7 million dollars in 2024, 16 million dollars in 2025, 22 million dollars in 2026 and 2027, and 20.5 million dollars in 2028 and 2029. The down payment is 5 million dollars. The contract also includes a part related to charitable donations, which he plans to donate 60,000 dollars in 2024, 80,000 dollars in 2025, 110,000 dollars in 2026 and 2027, and 102,500 dollars in 2028 and 2029 through the Giants Community Fund.

Lee Jung-hoo, who joined the Nexen Heroes (now Kiwoom) with the first nomination in 2017, showed a steady performance for seven years and made an impression. Until this year, he has recorded a high batting average of more than 30% every year, and last year, he shot his first 20 home runs since his debut, showing off his slugging capability.

Lee Jung-hoo, who dominated the KBO league, has demonstrated his true value in international competitions as well. Starting with the 2017 Asian Professional Baseball Championship (APBC), he participated in major international competitions including the 2018 Jakarta-Palembang Asian Games, the 2019 Premier 12 and the 2021 Tokyo Olympics, and the World Baseball Classic (WBC) in March this year. At the WBC, the most recent international competition, he showed good performance by recording six hits from 14 times at bat in four games with a batting average of .4295 despite his national team’s poor performance.

Naturally, Lee Jung-hoo was caught on the radar of scouts, and the clubs’ interest became hotter over time. On top of that, Lee Jung-hoo expressed his desire to challenge the Major League through a posting system (closed competitive bidding) after the end of the 2023 season to Kiwoom in December last year, and Kiwoom decided to respect the player’s will in January this year.월카지노

Lee Jung-hoo’s name has been mentioned every day since the beginning of last month after the U.S. Major League Baseball (MLB) postseason. The official Major League website MLB.com , which mentioned Lee Jung-hoo two days later on November 7th and 8th, predicted positively, “Lee Jung-hoo is the type to contact balls that are difficult to hit in addition to balls that enter the strike zone. Considering his age and talent, he is likely to sign a large-scale contract, which will be determined by the expectations of MLB clubs.”

“Lee Jung-hoo is a talented defender and is a necessary player for the Giants,” said the U.S. media “CBS Sports,” which predicted Lee Jung-hoo’s trip to San Francisco last month. “Lee Jung-hoo will have the right to exercise the opt-out after the fourth year, along with a total of $90 million (about 117.8 billion won) for six years.”

However, it is also true that there are concerns about Lee Jung-hoo. MLB.com emphasized, “Most pitchers who play in the KBO League do not reach 95 miles per hour (about 153 kilometers). The key will be how Lee Jung-hoo deals with the arrest of big league pitchers, and it is also a part that he is making special efforts.”

Foreign players who have experienced the KBO League shared the same view. Ryan Sadowski (former Lotte Giants), who delivered his opinion through sports media The Athletic on the 16th, said, “Lee Jung-hoo competed for the KBO MVP with players who did not succeed in the big leagues, including Jose Pirella (former Samsung Lions). Therefore, he should prove that he can cope with faster balls.”

Josh Lindblom (former Doosan Bears), who played against Lee Jung-hoo in the KBO League for five years since 2015, also said Lee Jung-hoo should continue to prove his ability to hit balls in the late 90mph range.

In particular, Lee changed his batting form ahead of this season. He slightly expanded his stance and lowered the height of his arm. It was a move to prepare for fastball pitchers in the process of preparing for the big league. However, many critics said that changing his batting form was rather poisonous, and Lee suffered from sluggish performance as he recorded 19 hits in 87 at-bats for a month in April with a batting average of 0.218 with three homers and 13 RBIs.

What do you think of the player himself? Lee Jung-hoo, who returned to Korea via Incheon International Airport Terminal 2 on Wednesday, actually changed his batting form, but some in the U.S. gave a positive evaluation of his batting form. Of course, I did it because I wanted to do better, but he also gave me a high evaluation of how I tried to make that change when I was doing best.”

For now, Lee plans not to change his batting form in the process of preparing for the 2024 season. “I don’t plan to change my batting form right away. I plan to hit it first. I will change my body to fit in there, and I think I can adapt quickly because I am still young,” Lee said in expressing confidence in his adaptation to the big league.

His physical condition is not bad either. “I started exercising earlier (than last year). I have been working out since Oct. 20, and I have been training in the U.S., so I am in good physical condition. I don’t know what will happen in Korea because it is a bit cold, but I will go to the U.S. as soon as my schedule comes out,” Lee said.

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