“SF, LEE will leave full-time leadoff”…Why was Mi confident of the success of Lee Jung-hoo, who has no ML career

January 13, 2024 | by

San Francisco media in the U.S. predicted Lee Jung-hoo’s success in his first year in the big league, saying, “The San Francisco Giants will leave Lee Jung-hoo (26) with a full-time leadoff in 2024.

The U.S. NBC Sports Bay Area recently said on its local broadcaster “Giants Talk,” “Many fans of the San Francisco Giants are excited to recruit Korean outfielder Lee Jung-hoo. This is because of the expectation that Lee Jung-hoo can add stability to the top lineup with this contract.”

“San Francisco will use Lee Jung-hoo as a 162-game, full-time leadoff. This is what they expect from Lee Jung-hoo,” Giants Talk host Dwight Kuiper said. “Fans love the fact that Lee Jung-hoo took the opportunity to come to San Francisco. Lee Jung-hoo will be the main leadoff, and fans who identify San Francisco’s leadoff will continue to visit the ballpark.”

He added, “The contract with Lee Jung-hoo was the Giants’ most spectacular free agent signing this offseason. Lee Jung-hoo’s joining press conference was interesting, and he could be the most exciting and dynamic player in San Francisco this season.”

The media gave high marks not only for Lee Jung-hoo’s performance but also for his star quality. Giants Talk said, “Lee Jung-hoo was nicknamed the grandson of the wind because of his father Lee Jong-beom. Lee Jung-hoo is expected to gain huge popularity this year as it marks the first year of the Major League 월카지노주소.”

Like all first-year Major Leaguers, however, Lee Jung-hoo cannot succeed in the Major League no matter how good he is if he fails to solve the problem of adaptation. “Lee Jung-hoo has displayed outstanding performance in the KBO League, but his fastball speed is 88 miles per hour in the league. He needs to adapt himself to the 93 miles per hour,” Giants talk quoted Lee as saying.

At the same time, the Giants criticized San Francisco’s front office for recruiting Lee Jung-hoo. “San Francisco lost to rival LA Dodgers in the race to recruit Shohei Ohtani and Yoshinobu Yamamoto. Lee Jung-hoo is one of the few recruits of the Giants this off-season,” the Giants said. “We brought in Lee Jung-hoo and hired Robbie Ray from Cy Young Award through trade, but we need to beef up our power to catch up with Dodgers and Arizona Diamondbacks.”

Lee Jung-hoo, who knocked on the big league door through the posting system after the 2023 season, agreed on a six-year, $113 million contract with San Francisco, a traditional powerhouse in the National League West, on April 13. Four years later, he signed an ultra-large contract that included an opt-out clause.

Lee Jung-hoo hit the jackpot and broke the record for Asian fielders in the Major League Baseball, surpassing the five-year, $90 million mark of Masataka Yoshida, a Japanese genius hitter who joined the Boston Red Sox in 2022. Masahiro Tanaka, who signed a seven-year, $155 million contract with the New York Yankees in 2014, ranks first in both pitchers and fielders.

The KBO League’s flagship hitter, who is considered a few places below Major League Baseball and Japanese professional baseball, ranked second in terms of Asian contracts at once, and is supported by the club, the media and fans even before the spring camp.

The expectation that Lee Jung-hoo will be entrusted with a full-time leadoff of 162 games may be really true.


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