LAA→NYY→MIL→TB→PIT→SD…Free agency is over, but where are you “thinking positive” for next year?

November 27, 2023 | by

“I’m thinking positively that good things will happen.”

Choi, 32, who recently returned home from the 2023 Major League Baseball season, said he is in the process of recovering from an ankle injury he sustained in September at the Yang Joon-hyuk Baseball Foundation 2023 Hope More Charity Baseball Tournament at Gocheok Sky Dome on Saturday.

Choi played his eighth season in the big leagues this year. Choi moved to the United States after graduating from Dongsan Middle and High School in Dongsan, South Korea, where he played in the minor leagues before making his big league debut with the Los Angeles Angels in 2016. He went on to play for the New York Yankees, Tampa Bay Rays, and Pittsburgh Pirates before joining the San Diego Padres in an in-season trade this year. Kim also joined the organization, but not for long.

In 39 games this season, he batted just 1-for-6 with three doubles, six home runs, and 13 RBIs. In 16 games with San Diego, he was 6-for-5 with two RBIs. He never really got a chance to show it. He also suffered a foot injury. But now that he’s a free agent, he’s determined to make up for it next season.

“I’m going through the rehabilitation of my ankle, and I’m checking the place where it’s been hurting, but I’ll be ready for next season with my normal routine,” Choi said.

He can hit for power. He has hit 19 home runs in a season in the big leagues. In 2019, he batted .261 with 19 home runs and 63 RBIs in 127 games for Tampa Bay. It was his best season to date. In eight seasons in the big leagues, he has four double-digit home run seasons. He’s a left-handed hitter who can hit hard against major league fastball pitching. However, injuries have often held him back. This season was no different.

Looking for a new team, Choi said, “I’m communicating well with my agent and preparing for next season. My goal is always the same every year. The goal is always the same every year. This year, I couldn’t do that, and I played through the pain because I was impatient. I’m going to prepare well and try to show a different side of myself next season.” 토토사이트

In eight major league seasons, Choi is batting .233 with 67 home runs, 238 RBIs, a .338 on-base percentage, a .426 slugging percentage, and a .764 OPS in 525 games, but he was cautious about Lee Jung-hoo, who is preparing to enter the major leagues.

Choi said, “Lee Jung-hoo is a great player. He will do well on his own. I wish we could refrain from talking about him succeeding or not succeeding. It will put pressure on him. I don’t want to put unnecessary pressure on him. It’s tough in the first or second year in the big leagues. (Kim) Ha-seong also had a hard time. If you look at it in the long run and hold on, your performance will follow.”

On April 24, the KBO requested the MLB office to post Lee Jung-hoo to 30 MLB clubs at the request of the Kiwoom Heroes. Lee is preparing to enter the major leagues in earnest.

It will be interesting to see which team Choi and Lee will play for next year and what kind of season they will have.


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