Kang Baek-ho (24), who suffered greatly from sluggish performance and salary cuts, fired the final shot from the first practice game and revealed his WBC prospects.
On the 17th (Korean time), Kang Baek-ho started as first baseman 7 times in the WBC preparation match against the NC Dinos held at Kino Sports Complex in Tucson, Arizona, USA, and scored 2 hits in 4 at-bats (1 home run), 2 RBIs, 2 runs, and hit the national team. won 8-2.
He hit a home run in his first at-bat. Kang Baek-ho, who appeared with 1 company and 1st base in the second inning when it was 0-0, fired a preemptive two-run gun that crossed the right middle wall against NC’s second pitcher Song Myeong-ki. He was a big batted ball that could intuit a home run the moment he hit it. The moment he reported the game-winning home run of the day.
Kang Baek-ho, who caught his breath for a while with a looking strikeout in the 3rd inning and a ground ball to the first baseman in the 5th inning, completed a multi-hit with a right-handed hit against Ryu Jin-wook in the 7th inning. Of the nine players who started that day, only Kang Baek-ho and Park Byeong-ho reported two hits.
Kang Baek-ho signed an annual salary contract for the 2023 season at 290 million won, a whopping 47.3% cut from 550 million won right before the start of spring camp. It was the humiliation of a genius batter who joined the 2018 KT 2nd round 1st round and ran on a solid road. Last year, due to two major injuries and sluggish performance, he had to accept an annual salary contract that was cut in half as a result of leaving a batting average of .245 in 62 games.
Was the impact of the pay cut significant? Kang Baek-ho regained his original intention and went to spring camp with more enthusiasm than ever. He asked the club for a data meeting himself, analyzed the sluggish performance last year, and made a decision to go to work early to continue the data meeting during his national team training period. At the request of Kang Baek-ho, KT hitting coach Kim Gang also goes to work at 8:00 am at the Kino Sports Complex and is holding a brief one-on-one meeting with the player. 먹튀검증
Kang Baek-ho showed off his unusual destructive power from the morning practice batting. He often hit big balls that hit trees over the outfield fence of the baseball field, and he revealed his prospects for the WBC and the 2023 season at the same time, keeping his senses intact in the actual game.
Director Lee Kang-cheol, who was a sore finger last year, couldn’t hide his smile at the student’s one shot. Coach Lee, who is concurrently serving as the national team and KT command tower, said, “(Kang) Baekho is in good shape. Today’s home run is important to me, but I hope it will help the team and turn the season around. He sees that he can become more confident. He also liked the hit he hit at the end.”
On this day, many major league scouts gathered at the stadium for Lee Kang-cheol-ho’s first actual game. Scouts from 9 clubs, including the prestigious New York Yankees, Los Angeles Dodgers, Boston Red Sox, Texas Rangers, San Francisco Giants, Detroit Tigers, New York Mets, Chicago Cubs, and Kansas City Royals, visited the Keno Sports Complex.
With Lee Jung-hoo, the main target, stepping down with no hits in two at-bats, Kang Baek-ho is expected to make a surprise impression.