Pittsburgh Choi Ji-man, but attention is focused on whether or not a player will be selected as a replacement.
Choi Ji-man was selected as the starting first baseman for the Korean national baseball team participating in the WBC in March.
But there are variables. Team Pittsburgh.
Choi Ji-man underwent surgery to remove a bone fragment in his elbow after last season. The club’s position is that physical condition checks come first. But the answer is getting longer and longer. Choi Ji-man is at odds with Pittsburgh over the salary. It is decided through the conciliation committee. relationship with the new team. It’s not fresh from the start.
The national team also started to come up with an alternative.
On the 27th, head coach Lee Kang-cheol hinted at the possibility of a replacement, saying, “I haven’t been contacted yet. We have to wait.”
In addition to Choi Ji-man as first baseman, there are KT Park Byeong-ho and Kang Baek-ho. However, Lee initially considered them as designated hitters or pinch hitters.
Samsung Oh Jae-il is the best first baseman to replace Choi Ji-man. A player who is recognized as the best first baseman defense in the country. His big body (1m87, 95kg), clear target, and catchy ability to kick bad throws with his flexible body are top-notch. In that he is a left-handed gun like Ji-man Choi, he is also a home run hitter who will boost the long hitting power of the national team’s batting line.
Ahead of the 2021 season, Oh Jae-il, who obtained FA qualification, transferred to Samsung for a maximum total of 5 billion won. He did not disappoint his expectations. He hit 20 home runs and over 90 RBIs for the second consecutive year, giving strength to the hit line. He also played a role in improving the abilities of all infielders by stabilizing the unstable first baseman position with excellent defense. Considering the skyrocketing ransom in the free agency market this winter, it was literally a ‘hyeja contract’.
Looking at his offensive and defensive abilities, Oh Jae-il’s selection for the national team seems natural. But there are variables.
Oh Jae-il is a slow starter with weak points. He was lukewarm at the beginning of the season, then kicked off the style in May. He is a terrifying home run hitter who drives away once he gets the hang of it. According to KBO official record company Sports 2I statistics, from 2007 to last year, Oh Jae-il had a batting average of 0.231 and 18 homers in 185 games in March and April. Although his game sample was small, his batting average in March was particularly lackluster, with 0.148 in 19 games and two home runs. The national team, which considers various variables, is highly likely to meticulously check the flow of batters.
In fact, coach Lee Kang-cheol said, “Joining Choi is the priority,” and said, “There are many players who can play first base, such as Kim Hyeon-soo, Park Hae-min, and Choi Jeong. There is a possibility of additional positions being selected.” 먹튀검증
However, in the most recent 10 demonstration games last year, Oh Jae-il showed a batting average of 0.333, 3 homers, 9 RBIs, and a slugging percentage of 0.708, unlike before, as an early starter.
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Oh Jae-il was selected as the national team for the 2021 Tokyo Olympics and served as the main first baseman. For the first time in 17 seasons since joining the pros in 2005, it was the Taegeuk mark of excitement.