Looking at the home run rankings this season, LG Park Dong-won (7), Doosan Yang Seok-hwan (6), Hanwha Chae Eun-seong, Doosan Rojas, SSG Choi Joo-hwan, and Samsung Pirella (above 5) are in order. Three of the five players in the top three (Park Dong-won, Yang Seok-hwan, and Chae Eun-seong) are former and current LG players.
Since the스포츠토토 start of Korean professional baseball in 1982, LG (including MBC Blue Dragon) is the only club that has never produced a home run king. However, in this season, former and incumbent LG players compete for the home run title, which is rarely seen.
LG is a team that has never had a relationship with a home run. He has never produced a home run king, and he has never ranked first in home runs on a team. Some say it is because they use Jamsil Baseball Stadium, the largest in the league, as their home, but Doosan, which uses the same Jamsil Baseball Stadium as their home, produced two home run kings (Kim Sang-ho, Kim Jae-hwan) and took first place in team home runs twice.
LG has long been thirsty for a home run king, but this season is different. Although he has only played 30% of the season, as of the 9th, Park Dong-won (33) of LG is at the top of the home run rankings. Park Dong-won scored multiple home runs in the match against Doosan held at Jamsil Baseball Stadium on the 7th, rising to the sole lead in home runs.
Park Dong-won, who changed into an LG uniform as a free agent (FA) ahead of this season, is a ‘big shot catcher’ with long hitting power that can expect 20 homers every year. However, he expected the number of home runs to decrease because he moved to LG, which uses the league’s widest baseball field in Jamsil as its home. However, at the current home run pace, more than 30 home runs are possible, which is an amazing figure. Although he says he does not pay much attention to the number of home runs, he could be the third catcher to become the home run king after Lee Man-soo and Park Kyung-wan.
Also, Yang Seok-hwan (31) of Doosan has a hot bat at the beginning of the season. Although his batting pace has dropped recently, he is still a one-hit hitter. After leaving LG, Yang Seok-hwan solidified his image as a home run hitter by getting regular opportunities to play at Doosan. He hit 28 home runs in 2021, the first season of his transfer, and hit 20 home runs in 2022. And his season this season is better than the last two. In the current situation, the value of Yang Seok-hwan, who acquires free agent status after the season, will increase.
Chae Eun-seong (33), who newly joined the eagle corps, cannot be left out. Chae Eun-seong signed a six-year, up to 9 billion won contract with Hanwha as a free agent last winter. Chae Eun-seong, who was a mid- and long-distance hitter with around 15 home runs every year at LG, but his home run pace this season is faster than any other year. Chae Eun-seong, who left the Jamsil Baseball Stadium, is now in a position to lead the home run competition. In particular, the high-base home run he showed in the match against Doosan held at Jamsil Baseball Stadium on the 4th was the highlight. He proved his worth at his most familiar and widest Jamsil Baseball Stadium. Chae Eun-seong’s most home runs in a season was 25 in 2018. At this pace, his first 30 home runs after his debut are possible.
On the other hand, the fact that the home run hitters who are shaking the league are former and current LG players, not foreign players, provides another attraction to baseball fans.
[Chae Eun-seong, Park Dong-won, and Yang Seok-hwan (from left) competing for the home run title.