Can the Kiwoom Heroes 2017 draft motives solve the Korean series’ resentment?
On the 4th, KBO announced the ‘2023 World Baseball Classic (WBC) National Team Entry 30 players (15 pitchers, 2 catchers, 8 infielders, 5 outfielders)’.
Kiwoom produced three people on the national team roster this time. Starting with housewife Lee Ji-young (37), the main characters are infielder Kim Hye-seong (24) and outfielder Lee Jung-hoo (25). Among them, Lee Jung-hoo and Kim Hye-seong, who have grown into the best players in the league, are attracting attention.
Lee Jeong-hoo was born in 1998 and Kim Hye-seong was born in 1999, so the birth years are different, but Kim Hye-seong, born in January, entered school quickly, and the two became motives for joining the team. Lee Jung-hoo has been a mainstay of the team since his debut season, and Kim Hye-seong has established himself in the first team since 2018, the following year, and has become a franchise star for the team.
The two best friends side by side had the best year of the 2022 season, the 6th year of their debut. Lee Jung-hoo won 5 batting crowns (batting average, RBI, hits, slugging percentage, on-base percentage) and swept awards ceremonies such as the league MVP and Golden Glove in the outfield category, making his presence known as the best player in the league. 메이저사이트
The same goes for Kim Hye-sung. After winning the Golden Glove for shortstop in the 2021 season, he won the Golden Glove for second baseman last year. This was the first second baseman-shortstop Golden Glove win in the KBO’s 40-year history, proving that he is the best infielder in the league.
Personally, I had the best season, but as a team, it was disappointing. Kiwoom showed off the power of the ‘Underdog’ from the semi-playoffs and achieved the feat of advancing to the Korean Series, but fell to SSG Landers and stayed in runner-up. Both Lee Jung-hoo and Kim Hye-seong had great desire to win the Korean Series, but they had to turn around lonely.
It was regrettable for a while, but the two came together in the national team once again. Lee Jung-hoo is evaluated as the starting outfielder, and Kim Hye-seong is predicted to support the strong keystone combination of Kim Ha-seong (28, San Diego Padres) and Tommy Edman (28, St. Louis Cardinals).
Attention is focusing on whether draft motives Lee Jung-hoo and Kim Hye-seong will be able to resolve their resentment in the national team.