SSG outfielder Choi Ji-hoon (26) had a season that was nothing to be ashamed of last year.
Choi Ji-hoon played in all games (144 games) last year, hitting 0.304 with 10 home runs, 61 RBIs, 31 stolen bases, and 93 runs scored. His defense was also excellent. He was tied for first place among outfielders in the KBO League with 8 assists, and his speed was excellent and his defense range was wide, so he easily kicked hits and batted balls. Choi Ji-hoon, who has been reborn as an all-round outfielder with ball, defense, and state, has more than doubled his annual salary this year.
However, Choi Ji-hoon said in a phone call on the 12th, “I don’t want to hear that last year was brilliant. He whipped himself up again, saying, “This year, my goal is to add just one more to last year’s batting performance.” In fact, they started preparing for the new season early. After Choi Ji-hoon confirmed his victory in the Korean Series in November of last year, he quickly digested his personal schedule, which he had put off.
From December 1st, Choi Ji-hoon has been heading to the baseball field in earnest and stamping his work every day. These days, all I can think about is baseball. He has a tight schedule this winter. At 11:00 a.m., he goes to the baseball field for light catch and weight training. When he finishes training at 2-3 pm, he returns home and devotes himself to ‘studying 바카라사이트 baseball’. In particular, he looks back at his batting video from last year and compares when it was good and when it was not. If he has a vague point, he calls the hitting coach, etc., and asks questions. Choi Ji-hoon explained, “I started individual training earlier this year,” and “I will start technical training at the spring camp, but I will be faithful to the preparation process to fill in what I lacked last year one by one.”
It was a priceless fortune to have learned the know-how while working with SSG’s leading stars, Choo Shin-soo and Kim Kang-min. Prominent seniors help Choi Ji-hoon this year as well. Choi Ji-hoon said, “My seniors knew my sensitive personality and didn’t give me advice first. However, if I made a mistake or asked an ambiguous part, he answered kindly and in detail as if he had waited. Those tips are really helpful to me.”
Choi Ji-hoon is challenging the club’s record for the most hits in a season this year. The most hits, including the previous SK days, were 179 left by Chung Eui-yoon (retired) in 2016. Choi Ji-hoon, who hit 173 hits last year, said, “I really wanted to achieve 180 hits last year. I haven’t set any other specific goals this year, but I want to challenge the club’s hit record.”
At the same time, Choi Ji-hoon said, “The title of last year’s Korean Series champion team will give our team great confidence this year.” I want to help the team win again.”