35th in batting average and 22nd in OPS.토토사이트 The performance to be selected for the national team is rather meager. However, the Hangzhou Asian Games Power Reinforcement Committee boldly chose Kang Baek-ho (KT). It means that I believe in his career for the past five years.
The KBO Power Reinforcement Committee and coach Joong-il Ryu announced the 24 finalists for the Asian Games on the 9th. 21 players were selected from players under the age of 25 or under the age of 4, and 3 wild cards were added. Of course, all 20 wild cards were selected.
Because of this, it is a structure in which the best players for each position cannot be selected in the KBO League. Still, under the set conditions, top-tier players were selected. However, if you look at the final entry of the national team, there are players who can tilt their heads. A representative case is Kang Baek-ho.
Kang Baek-ho has a batting average of 0.276, 5 homers, 29 RBIs, 27 points, an OPS of 0.771, and a batting average of 0.359 in 49 games this season. He was 35th in batting average and 22nd in OPS. 16th in home runs, 15th in RBIs, and 17th in runs scored. 24th in slugging percentage (0.414) and 26th in on-base percentage (0.357). Let alone the top 10, the categories in the top 20 are all about home runs, RBIs, and runs scored. In a word, it is not the highest level of productivity in the league.
Kang Baek-ho suffered from extreme sluggishness in the 2022 season. In fact, the decline began in the second half of 2021. This season is not as sluggish as the 2022 season. However, it is not suitable for Kang Baek-ho’s name value. Nevertheless, he was highly praised for his considerable experience in international competitions, such as the 2019 Premier 12, the 2021 Tokyo Olympics, and the 2023 WBC. It is rumored that he could not ignore this part as the age of the national team was getting lower.
Moreover, one of the biggest weaknesses of current Korean baseball is the depletion of professional first basemen. A national level professional first baseman is nowhere to be seen. Kang Baek-ho turned to the outfield this year, but has played as a first baseman in recent years. Looking at the final entry of the national team, there is no other player besides Kang Baek-ho to play the first baseman. In the end, Kang Baek-ho is expected to play as the first baseman throughout the tournament. Considering these factors, the selection of Kang Baek-ho is somewhat convincing.
For Kang Baek-ho, it must be said that he had some luck in the selection of the national team. If so, he should lead the national team to the gold medal by showing it properly in Hangzhou in September. International competition results are quite good. A batting average of 0.286 with 3 RBIs and 1 run in 5 Premier12 games, a batting average of 0.308 with 7 RBIs and 3 runs in 7 games at the Tokyo Olympics, and a batting average of 0.500 with 2 RBIs and 3 runs in 4 WBC games. 17 hits in 47 at-bats, batting average of 0.362, 12 RBIs, 7 runs scored in 16 international matches. No home run yet.
Nevertheless, Kang Baek-ho received a lot of criticism at the Tokyo Olympics and WBC. A broadcast camera caught him chewing gum in the dugout during the bronze medal match at the Tokyo Olympics. Crucially, in the process of celebrating after hitting a double against Australia in the first round of the WBC, both feet fell off the base and were out. Typical bone head play.
In this year’s KBO League, Kang Baek-ho was criticized by fans for his complacent defense and publicly posted an apology on his social media. This Asian Games, of course, should never appear like this if you are selected for an international competition in the future. First of all, I hope that Hangzhou will clear up the dark history of Bone Head and lead Korea to the gold medal. It is a stage where Kang Baek-ho’s pride is at stake.