“A player who can change the whole team” Lee Jung-hoo praised him, and he was chosen as SF’s future franchise star

San Francisco Giants Lee Jung-hoo (26) has drawn attention as a promising player who can become a symbol of the team.

MLB.com , the official major league media, selected players from 30 major league clubs on the 9th (Korea time) to become new franchise stars for each team. “These are already recognized veterans, well-known and familiar players for a long time,” said MLB.com , who said, “They are young players, who can theoretically lead the team for the next five years or more.” It revealed the criteria for the list, including players under 25 years old, players who have a long-term contract or made their big league debut before 2024, and players who can dream of getting better in 2024 even though they have not played much so far. In San Francisco, Lee Jung-hoo was named.꽁머니지급

Lee Jung-hoo, who recorded a batting average of 0.344 (1,181 hits in 3,476 times at bat) 65 homers and 515 RBIs in 884 games in the KBO League, was considered Korea’s best hitter and was loved by major league teams. In particular, he had his best season in 2022 with a batting average of 349 (193 hits in 553 times at bat) of 23 homers and 113 RBIs in 142 games, and swept five gold medals in batting (batting percentage, on-base percentage, slugging percentage, RBIs, and most hits) and league MVP.

Last year, Lee Jung-hoo was not able to play many games due to injury. However, he performed well with a batting average of .318, or 105 hits in 330 times at bat, with six home runs and 45 RBIs in 86 games, and when the posting was posted after the end of the season, numerous Major League clubs rushed to recruit Lee. Lee chose San Francisco, where general manager Pete Putilla showed sincerity to the extent that he visited Gocheok Sky Dome and watched Lee’s final game of the season. By signing a six-year, 113 million-dollar contract, Lee achieved the largest contract ever among players who entered the Major League from the KBO League.

[OSEN = Scottsdale (Arizona, USA), Reporter Lee Dae-sun] The Kiwoom Heroes’ spring camp was held at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick in Scottsdale, Arizona on the 5th (Korea time). Lee Jung-hoo of the San Francisco Giants, who visited the Kiwoom training site, is talking with the Kiwoom coaches. 2024.02.05 /sunday@osen.co.kr

The San Francisco Giants have high expectations for Lee. San Francisco Giants manager Bob Melvin has already announced his intention to deploy Lee as the starting center fielder and leadoff player. Lee’s ranking as fifth in San Francisco’s history behind Buster Posey (nine-year, 167 million U.S. dollars), Zani Cueto (six-year, 130 million dollars), Matt Cain (six-year, 127.5 million dollars), and Barry Zito (seven-year, 126 million dollars) shows the team’s expectations.

Lee, who will turn 26 on Aug. 20, has high expectations from his fans as a player who will take charge of San Francisco’s future. San Francisco, nicknamed the “even sea dynasty” by winning the World Series in 2010, 2012, and 2014, has advanced to the postseason only twice for the next nine years. Lee is a key player responsible for the revival of San Francisco.

MLB.com named Yoshinobu Yamamoto as the future star of the Dodgers franchise ahead of San Francisco. Yamamoto, who is the same age as Lee Jung-hoo, is a top-rated ace who won 172 games (897 innings) with 70 wins and 29 losses with an ERA of 1.82 922 strikeouts. Last year, he recorded 16 wins and 6 losses with an ERA of 1.23 169 strikeouts in 23 games (164 innings), becoming the first player in the history of the Japanese professional baseball to win four awards (multiple wins, ERA, strikeouts, and winning percentage) for the third consecutive year, as well as the Sawamura Award and the Pacific League MVP for the third consecutive year. He is the second Sawamura Award winner in his career since Masaiichi Kaneda (1956-1958), and the third MVP in his career since Ichiro Suzuki (1994-1996). He signed a 12-year, 325 million-dollar contract with the Dodgers this winter, breaking the record for the largest pitcher ever in the Major League history.

“The side effect of building the team’s strength to win the World Series is that it neglects to keep the team young,” MLB.com said. “But again, the Dodgers are spending so much money on Yamamoto because he’s only 25 years old, and he can play the ace right now.”

MLB.com , which mentioned Lee Jung-hoo as San Francisco’s future franchise star, emphasized Lee Jung-hoo’s young age, saying, “It is the same with the star San Francisco brought from Korea,” and predicted Lee Jung-hoo’s outstanding performance, saying, “Lee Jung-hoo seems to be able to turn San Francisco into a completely different team on his own.”

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