Lee Jung-hoo, who expected to face Yamamoto, ‘Korea-Japan rival → ML representative rival’, had one win, one loss, and a draw… How about ML showdown

San Francisco Giants’ Lee Jung-hoo (26) will continue his rivalry in the Major League following an international competition with LA Dodgers’ Yoshinobu Yamamoto (26).

Lee Jung-hoo headed to Arizona, the U.S., where San Francisco’s spring training will be held, through Incheon International Airport on the 1st. In San Francisco, pitchers and catchers will gather at the spring training camp first on the 16th (Korean time) and fielders will be called up on the 21st. Lee Jung-hoo moved to the U.S. faster than the call-up date to adjust to the Major League.꽁머니사이트

Lee Jung-hoo, who recorded a batting average of 340,000 (1181 hits in 3,476 at-bats) with 65 home runs and 515 RBIs in 884 KBO league games, was considered the best hitter in Korea and received a love call from major league teams. In particular, in 2022, he recorded a batting average of 349 (193 hits in 553 at-bats) with 23 home runs and 113 RBIs with an OPS of .996 in 142 games, and had the best season by sweeping five hits (batting percentage, on-base percentage, slugging percentage, RBI, most hits) and league MVP.

Last year, ahead of his Major League debut, Lee Jung-hoo failed to play in many games due to injury. However, he performed well with a batting average of 318 with six homers and 45 RBIs in 86 games (105 hits in 330 times at bat) and was posted after the end of the season, and many Major League teams rushed to recruit Lee Jung-hoo. Lee Jung-hoo eventually chose San Francisco, where the team’s general manager Pete Putila visited Gocheok Sky Dome and watched Lee Jung-hoo’s final game of the season. He signed a six-year, 113 million-dollar contract, the largest ever contract among players who entered the Major League from the KBO League.

“My goal for the first season is to adapt. I think the most important thing is to adapt well. If I adapt well, I try to set personal goals accordingly,” Lee said in an interview before leaving the country. “The pitcher I want to hit the most is Yamamoto. I wonder if he feels different when he meets in the national team game and the league game when he comes to the same district as Yamamoto. I want to have a showdown with Yamamoto,” Lee said.

Yamamoto is a special ace with 70 wins, 29 losses and a 1.82 922 strikeouts in 172 games (897 innings) in Japanese professional baseball. He recorded 16 wins, 6 losses and a 1.23 169 strikeouts in 23 games (164 innings) last year, achieving four consecutive wins (multiple wins, ERA, strikeouts and winning percentage) for the first time in Japanese professional baseball history, and winning the Sawamura Award and the Pacific League MVP Award for the third consecutive year. The Sawamura Award for the third consecutive year is the second MVP award ever since Masaiichi Kaneda (1956-1958), and the third MVP award for the third consecutive year since Ichiro Suzuki (1994-1996).

Yamamoto, who won the runner-up prize in the Japanese Series last year, challenged to the Major League through posting after the end of the season. Yamamoto instantly rose to become the biggest free agent in the Major League, signing a 12-year, 325 million-dollar contract with the Dodgers, surpassing Gerrit Cole (Yankees, nine-year, 324 million-dollar contract), and setting a new record as a pitcher in the history of the Major League.

Korea’s best hitter Lee Jung-hoo and Japan’s best ace Yamamoto have faced off in international competitions several times. Lee Jung-hoo and Yamamoto met for the first time in 2019 at Premier 12. At that time, Yamamoto returned Lee Jung-hoo with three strikeouts and won a complete victory. Lee Jung-hoo, who vowed to avenge himself at the 2021 Tokyo Olympics, where the second showdown was held, succeeded in revenge against Yamamoto by recording two hits in three at-bats. Lee Jung-hoo and Yamamoto were likely to face off for the third time as the match between Korea and Japan was held at the World Baseball Classic (WBC) in March last year, but unfortunately, Yamamoto did not take the mound against Korea and could not face off.

Lee Jung-hoo and Yamamoto, who played as players symbolizing both teams in the match against Korea and Japan, will coincidentally face San Francisco and the Dodgers, which are considered the fiercest rivals along with the Yankees and Boston in the Major League.

San Francisco and the Dodgers are two rival teams representing the National League. Both teams were based in New York, New York (New York Giants and Brooklyn Dodgers), but moved to the western part of the U.S. in 1958 and became major league teams representing the western part of the U.S. Major League. The relocation of the San Francisco Giants and the Dodgers to the western part of the Major League is a tipping point that has changed the history of the Major League. As such, the rivalries between the two teams are fierce.

The San Francisco Giants and the Dodgers are scheduled to face off 13 times this year, starting with a three-game series that will take place at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, California from April 2. Fans are already looking forward to how Lee Jung-hoo and Yamamoto will play in this year’s showdown.

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