Last year in professional baseball was the year of the “grandson of the wind,” Lee Jung-hoo (25, Kiwoom Heroes). He won five titles, including batting average (0.349), hits (193), RBIs (113), slugging percentage (0.421), and on-base percentage (0.575) to become the top hitter in the game. His fifth career outfield Golden Glove and first career pennant race MVP also came naturally.바카라사이트

So how is the KBO’s batting order shaping up this season? While Lee Jung-hoo’s dominance has taken a hiatus since the start of the season, another challenger has stepped up to fill the void. That would be Choi “Boyzangsa” Jung (36-SSG Landers). Choi led the league in four batting categories through Day 25. He leads the league in home runs (19), RBIs (54), runs scored (62), and slugging percentage (0.601). He’s also at the top of his game in other metrics, including seventh in batting average (.319), eighth in hits (79), and tied for sixth in on-base percentage (.400).

He’s at the top of his game as the days heat up and his pace continues to rise. In 21 games this month, he’s hit a whopping 11 home runs. After hitting four each in April and May, he’s nearly tripled that number before the June race is even over. His on-base percentage during this time is a whopping .859, but that doesn’t mean he’s not accurate. Their batting average is also at a peak pace at 0.372.

After winning the overall title last year, SSG has been in the top half of the standings all season. The team has been able to maintain a solid second-place tie with the LG Twins thanks in large part to Choi Jung-soo. The center field lineup has become more solid with the recent resurgence of Choi Joo-hwan, especially with foreign-born Guillermo Heredia leading the team in batting average.

Choi, who made his debut for the SK Wyverns in 2005 after leaving Yushin High School, is also known as a trophy collector. He has eight Golden Gloves as a third baseman and was the MVP of the 2008 Korean Series. He also has the MVP of the 2017 All-Star Game. However, he has yet to win a pennant race MVP. He’s won the home run title three times, but each time he’s lost out to more impactful contenders. Now, in his 19th year, he has a golden opportunity.

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