“This KBO star will shake the FA market next winter.”
MLB.com, the official homepage of Major League Baseball, focused on Lee Jung-hoo (Kiwoom).
MLB.com reported on the 20th (Korean time) that ‘KBO superstar Lee Jung-hoo expressed his desire to advance to the major leagues next season’.
Lee Jung-hoo visited the club’s office on the 19th. He conveyed his intention to challenge the overseas stage to the club. If Lee Jung-hoo digests the 2023 season normally, he will be eligible for posting. Posting requires permission from 안전놀이터 the club. If Kiwoom opens the door, Lee Jung-hoo will qualify as an FA only for overseas clubs.
Kiwoom advanced to the major leagues by posting Kang Jung-ho, Park Byung-ho, and Kim Ha-seong. Kiwoom seems to be happy to let Lee Junghoo go as well.
This news was also reported to the United States through domestic media reports.
“Stars like Trey Turner, Xander Bogaerts and Jacob deGrom have all switched teams this winter,” MLB.com reports. If you feel that the FA market is rough, aim for next year. Raphael Devers, Manny Machado, and Shohei Ohtani are on the market, and KBO superstar Lee Jung-hoo is also aiming to advance to the major leagues.”
MLB.com also introduced Lee Jung-hoo’s nickname, ‘the grandson of the wind’.
MLB.com said, ‘Lee Jung-hoo’s father is Lee Jong-beom, a KBO legend. Lee Jong-beom’s nickname is the son of the wind. Lee Jung-hoo’s nickname became the grandson of the wind. This year, he recorded a batting average of 0.349, on-base percentage of 0.421, and slugging percentage of 0.575 with 23 home runs and 113 RBIs, becoming the KBO Most Valuable Player.
Then, ‘Lee Jung-hoo is known as the best in the KBO league for his hitting ability. He struck out just 32 in 627 plate appearances last season. 66 walks. He added that he had the highest career batting average (0.342) among all hitters in the KBO history who played more than 3000 at bats.
MLB.com pointed out that Lee Jung-hoo’s ability to hit the ball with a bat is exceptional. MLB.com said, ‘Wladimir Guerrero hit the ball wherever he threw it. He foresaw success, saying, “If you liked Lee, you will probably love Lee Jung-hoo too.”
MLB.com also predicted that Lee Jung-hoo could be seen at the World Baseball Classic before entering the big leagues. MLB.com said, ‘Korea starts the tournament in Group B in Tokyo. If we advance to the semifinals, we will play in Miami.”