Big league debut SF Lee Jeong-hoo, first game of the season against SD on the 29th ‘preliminary free agent’ SD Kim Ha-seong, ‘season of destiny’ begins in earnest Go Woo-seok, Choi Ji-man and Park Hyo-jun open in the minor league

‘Grandson of the Wind’ Lee Jeong-hoo (26, San Francisco Giants) is making his full-fledged start in the U.S. Major League Baseball (MLB).

San Francisco will play the first game of the 2024 MLB regular season against the San Diego Padres at Petco Park in San Diego, California, USA, at 5:10 a.m. (Korean time) on the 29th.

This is the stage that will be the MLB regular season debut of ‘Korean Major Leaguer’ Lee Jeong-hoo.

Lee Jung-hoo, who played for the KBO League Kiwoom Heroes until the 2023 season, signed a large six-year contract worth $113 million (about 152.6 billion won) with San Francisco in December last year. 파워볼사이트

San Francisco, which had been keeping an eye on Lee Jung-hoo for a long time, believed in his talent and made a bold investment. Immediately after joining the team, Lee Jeong-hoo was assigned the role of the starting center fielder and first hitter, leading the attack.

Preparation for his first season in the big leagues went smoothly. Although he had to rest for a while due to pain in his side and thigh, he showed off his excellent contact ability in an exhibition game against unfamiliar pitchers. Jeong-hoo Lee finished his exhibition game with a batting average of 0.343 (12 hits in 35 at-bats), 1 home run, and 5 RBIs in 13 games. He struck out four but walked five and also stole two bases.

Lee Jeong-hoo’s smooth settlement is considered the key to San Francisco’s leap forward. With countless eyes watching Jeong-hoo Lee, he meets Ha-seong Kim (29, San Diego Padres), a close friend since his debut, as an ‘enemy’. Lee Jeong-hoo, who joined Nexen Heroes (now Kiwoom) as a first-round pick in 2017, had a meal at Kiwoom until ‘three years his senior’ Kim Ha-seong advanced to MLB after the 2020 season. Ha-seong Kim signed a 4+1 year contract with San Diego for up to $39 million (KRW 52.57 billion) ahead of the 2021 season. After completing this season, his fourth, he will be eligible to become a free agent. Ha-seong Kim has greatly increased his value by becoming the first Asian infielder to win the Gold Glove Award (National League Utility Category) last year. Instead of exercising the one-year option with San Diego for the 2025 season, it is highly likely that he will declare free agency and hit the market. If he performs well this season, FA Kim Ha-seong’s value could rise significantly. Ha-seong Kim was silent with 7 at-bats and no hits in the opening two-game series of the MLB ‘World Tour Seoul Series’ regular season against the LA Dodgers at Gocheok Sky Dome in Seoul on the 20th and 21st. He is preparing to record his first hit of the season in the home opener on the continental United States. Pitcher Ko Woo-seok (San Diego), who stayed in the LG Twins’ tailgate until last year and moved to the United States this year, will start the season in the minor league. Go Woo-seok pitched 6 times in exhibition games, pitched 5 innings, and suffered 2 losses with an average ERA of 12.60. His MLB debut was postponed due to his failure to join the opening roster. Choi Ji-man (New York Mets), who was seeking to re-enter the big league, will also begin his season in the minor league Triple A. Last month, Ji-Man Choi signed a split contract with the Mets, with terms that vary depending on major league and minor league affiliation. Although this exhibition game was important for his return to the big league, he did not perform impressively with a batting average of 0.189 (7 hits in 37 at-bats), 1 home run, and 5 RBIs in 16 games, and was ultimately unable to avoid going to the minor league. Park Hyo-jun, who participated in the Oakland Athletics spring camp as an invited player, also did not make the opening roster. Park Hyo-jun hit hard in exhibition games with a batting average of 0.477 (21 hits in 44 at-bats), 1 home run, and 9 RBIs in 23 games, but was unable to enter the big league and was looking for another opportunity in the minor league. Pittsburgh Pirates Bae Ji-hwan will begin the season on the injured list (IL) due to a left hip injury. 온라인 슬롯

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