The best hitter in the Korean professional baseball in 2023 was Noh Si-hwan (23, Hanwha Eagles), and the best pitcher was Eric Peddy (30, NC Dinos, current Chicago White Sox in 2023).
Noh Si-hwan ranked first in home runs (31) and RBIs (101), and won the third baseman Golden Glove.헤라카지노
Pedi became the Most Valuable Player of the Regular Season (MVP) after winning the most wins (20 wins), ERA (2.00) and strikeouts (209).
The two players, who dominated the KBO League in 2023, recalled Choi Jung (36, SSG Landers) at the award ceremony held on November 27 last year.
Roh Si-hwan showed his respect for Choi Jung, and Pedi showed his fear.
Noh Si-hwan once again mentioned Choi Jung on December 11 last year when he won the third baseman Golden Glove over Choi Jung.
Choi Jeong-eun, who became a supporting actress at both the regular season and the Golden Glove Awards due to personal reasons, said in a telephone interview with Yonhap News on the 1st, “I was surprised that Roh Si-hwan and Pedi mentioned me. After hearing my acceptance speech, I was also grateful.”
“This season, I got injured at the end of the season and received the slugging percentage award (while maintaining the long-shot percentage),” Choi said in a video at the regular season ceremony. “If I hadn’t gotten hurt, I would have won three gold medals. I’m sorry.”
Choi Jeong beat Noh Si-hwan with a slugging percentage of 0.548 in 2023.
“I was able to achieve this level of performance this year because I tried to catch up with Choi Jeong. I am grateful to Choi Jeong,” Noh said.
Roh Sihwan, the first Golden Glove in his life
“In Daejeon early this season, Noh Si-hwan visited me in front of our team’s locker room. Si-hwan asked me about hitting and we talked for quite some time,” Choi said. “While talking, I was sure that he would become a big hitter. Now he is truly a representative hitter in the KBO league. I am proud of him, even though he is a junior in other teams.”
He added, “I really felt that I became the No. 1 slugging percentage because of my injury at the regular season awards ceremony.”
Choi Jeong was confident that Roh Si-hwan would grow further.
“Roh is a batter who grows step by step. He rose vertically in 2021 and crossed another big staircase in 2023,” he said. “He is a player who has great desire for baseball. He will achieve even more amazing results by crossing several more steps in the future.”
Pedi picked Choi Jung as the most tight hitter in 2023.
In fact, Choi Jeong bullied Pedi with two hits and two outs in four at-bats.
“Actually, I was more surprised by Fedi’s words than Noh’s congratulatory messages,” Choi said. “I didn’t even know the record against Fedi. But with that kind of performance, I think Fedi would think, ‘That hitter is really annoying.'”
But soon after, he said, “I was just really lucky. He’s a pitcher that I really don’t want to deal with,” adding, “Congratulations on his return to the Major League.”
In fact, Choi Jeong has been called an “ace killer” since a long time ago.
Choi Jung was the player who picked Ryu Hyun-jin (36), Korea’s best pitcher in the 21st century, as a “hitter who doesn’t want to face” when he was playing for the Hanwha Eagles.
Choi Jeong made 21 hits (batting average 0.362) and four home runs in 58 at-bats against Ryu Hyun-jin.
Even though he mentioned Ryu, Choi Jeong said, “In the past, Ryu used to be scary. His batting average went up because his prediction that he would throw such a pitch came true several times,” adding, “Now he has become a more difficult pitcher by increasing his pitching type in the Major League. When he returns to the KBO League one day, I hope he avoids mentioning that Choi was strong against Ryu. To be honest, I am not confident.”
Choi Jung, who was talking about “other team players,” suddenly turned his eyes to SSG.
SSG has two batters Kim Kwang-hyun (35) and Choi Jung, who represent the KBO league. Naturally, Kim and Choi are the pillars of pitching and hitting in the 2024 season.
“In a recent interview, Kwang-hyun said, ‘SSG should be a team where Kim Kwang-hyun plays as a fourth or fifth starter.’ I feel the same way,” Choi said. “In the era of Cheongdam (which is scheduled to open in 2028), Kwang-hyun and I cannot be the main players. I hope a player who will lead the era of Cheongdam comes out soon.”
“Before moving to Cheongdam, I really want to see Kwanghyun and I come out of SSG Landers Field in Incheon and play a supporting role and win the championship,” he said. “I sincerely hope that there will be a younger hitter who gets more attention than me in SSG. I will help my younger teammates both in and out of the blue.”