Will the spirit of the revived National Geopo lead to the WBC?
If there is a comeback in the KBO League, the main character of the 2022 season is definitely Park Byeong-ho (37, KT). Park Byung-ho could not play his part due to injuries and slump in 2020-2021. He transferred to KT for 3 years of free agency for 3 billion won and wrote a revival drama. 0.275 batting average, 35 homers, 98 RBIs, 72 runs scored, 0.908 OPS in 124 games.
It was regrettable that he only hit 8 home runs in 43 games due to an injury in the second half. He hit 27 home runs in 81 games in the first half, and was even rated as a minimum 45 home run pace. Still, in the semi-playoff against his parent Kiwoom, he made a big success with 10 hits in 19 at-bats, a batting average of 0.526, 1 home run and 3 RBIs, reaping the beauty of the end.
In fact, Park Byeong-ho played 메이저사이트 the semi-playoffs without 100% recovering from the aftermath of an ankle injury sustained while entering second base in the Gocheok Kiwoom match on September 10 last year. After the season, the possibility of surgery was discussed, but he decided to rehabilitate. The WBC Technical Committee removed Park from the 50-person interest list, but boldly included him in the final 30-person list. We judged that Park Byung-ho’s condition is fine and that he can recover by March, when the tournament will be held.
There are some eyes that tilt their heads at the team junior Kang Baek-ho’s entry into the national team, but there is no gaze that raises an objection to Park Byung-ho’s inclusion in the final entry, which was not on the interest list. Park Byeong-ho, who is healthy, can play the role of a game changer with a single shot at any time. There is no need to explain the power and effect of a single home run in short-term matches, especially in international competitions.
Park Byeong-ho participated in the 2014 Incheon Asian Games, 2015 Premier 12, 2018 Jakarta-Palembang Asian Games, and 2019 Premier 12. Except for the time when he was challenging the major leagues (2017 WBC) and the time when he fell into extreme sluggishness (2020 Tokyo Olympics), he took on the batter 4 or 5 times without exception, giving a real one-shot fear.
Such Park Byeong-ho is going to the WBC for the first time at the age of 37. The past major league challenge ended in two years, but it is an opportunity to show competitiveness against major league pitchers once in a while. This is his chance to fully prove his resurgence in top-level international competitions.
In the past, there were competitions with good individual results, and there were competitions that did not. However, Park Byeong-ho’s holding on to the center line and not being in the center line are different from the opponent’s point of view. The WBC national team has a home run hitter named Choi Jeong (SSG). He has the conditions to create synergy. There are many batters who will cover Park Byeong-ho in front and behind, including Lee Jung-hoo (Kiwoom), Kim Ha-seong (San Diego Padres), Kim Hyun-soo (LG), and Na Seong-beom (KIA).
When Choi Ji-man (Pittsburgh Pirates)’ participation in the national team is finalized, it is expected that he will go back and forth between first baseman and designated hitter. Choi Ji-man and Park Byeong-ho both have good defense. On the other hand, if Choi Ji-man’s joining fails, Park Byung-ho will have to play as a built-in first baseman. After all, Park Byung-ho is a key piece of the national team.메이저사이트