Lee Jung-hoo played as a pinch hitter in the game against the Samsung Lions of the “2023 Shinhan Bank SOL KBO League” held at Gocheok Sky Dome in Seoul on the 10th and recorded no hit in one at-bats. In the final home game, he showed his last play to fans and said his last greetings before entering the Major League. 안전놀이터
Lee Jung-hoo, who played in 86 games this season with a batting average of 318 (105 hits in 330 at-bats) and six home runs, 45 RBIs, and OPS.861, will challenge the Major League through posting. Unfortunately, he ended the season when he was injured against Lotte on July 22, but Major League Baseball’s interest in Lee Jung-hoo remains hot. On the 7th and 10th, San Francisco Giants general manager Pete Putilla visited Gocheok Dome to watch Lee Jung-hoo’s training process in personally.
Lee Jung-hoo, who played to say his final greetings to fans in the final home game of the season, said in an interview before the game, “I’ve been very nervous since last night. “I’m more nervous than before I played my first game in the first division, and I’ve been very excited since last night,” he said, expressing his feelings about playing his last game at home.
Regarding the favorable evaluation of U.S. local media saying, “It’s hard to imagine not receiving even 50 million dollars (about 67.4 billion won),” Lee Jung-hoo said, “There are many articles, but I’ but I’m not paying much attention. It’s a matter for the agent to take care of. The U.S. is telling us how to prepare, and after the season is over, we can schedule and prepare. I don’t care about that at all now and I’m focusing on playing well for the rest of the season,” he said calmly.
Major League Baseball posting was conducted by negotiating between the team and the player who bid for the most posting expenses until 2018. Ryu Hyun-jin (then Dodgers), Kang Jung-ho (then Pittsburgh), and Park Byung-ho (then Minnesota) advanced to the Major League in this way. However, it has now been revised to freely negotiate with 30 major league teams and pay posting fees to their original teams according to the size of the contract. Therefore, there is room for Lee Jung-hoo to select the team he wants to some extent.
Asked if there is a particular club he wants, Lee Jung-hoo said, “Actually, I don’t know major league clubs well. Everyone knows only the Dodgers and Yankees. I think we’ll find out once we start the posting process. I think the agent will do well on his own,” he said, saving his words.
Kim Ha-sung, who played for Kiwoom with Lee Jung-hoo, is active in San Diego. As for going to San Diego, Lee Jung-hoo said, “I don’t know because (Kim) Ha-sung has only one year left. Also, Major League Baseball is also active in trade, so wouldn’t it be possible to be traded if Haseung’s value increases. I don’t know what will happen,” he said with a smile.