The synergistic effect of the two cannons is expected to be demonstrated first in the national team.
The first variable occurred in the national baseball team participating in the 5th World Baseball Classic (WBC) to be held in March. Infielder Choi Ji-man (32, Pittsburgh Pirates), who was named in the national team’s entry, was dropped due to his team’s objection to participating in the WBC (reason for surgery history). Choi Ji-man was initially considered as a key first baseman resource for the national team along with Park Byung-ho (37) and Kang Baek-ho (24, KT Wiz). However, due to his failure to join the national team, only Park Byung-ho and Kang Baek-ho remain as professional first basemen. The KBO selected outfielder Choi Ji-hoon (26, SSG Landers) as a substitute on the 6th to fill the void left by Choi Ji-man. 바카라
Park Byeong-ho and Kang Baek-ho are hard hitters representing the KBO League. Right-handed hitter Park Byeong-ho drew 35 arches last year and won the home run title for the 6th time in his personal career. Kang Baek-ho slowed down due to an injury last year, but among young players in their early and mid-20s, he is currently evaluated as a left-handed hitter who can hit 30 home runs.
Kang Baek-ho and Park Byeong-ho started eating rice in one pot last year. After completing the 2021 season, Park Byung-ho, who obtained qualification as a free agent (FA), signed a contract with KT for 3 years and 3 billion won, and through this, KT expected a synergy effect from the formation of the ‘Hoho Line’.
However, the 2022 season’Hoho Line’ did not operate properly. Park Byeong-ho showed steady performance from the opening, but Kang Baek-ho started the season late due to a toe injury and suffered a hamstring injury during the season, leaving the line for quite a while.
Unfortunately, the explosive power of the ‘Hoho Line’, which KT had been looking forward to, got a chance to show it properly in the national team first. During this WBC, Park Byeong-ho and Kang Baek-ho can be used in every game as first baseman and designated hitter. Depending on the opposing pitcher, the utilization may vary slightly, but it is not lacking at all to expect an active performance in the other line. This is also the reason why coach Lee Kang-cheol, who is also the command tower of the national team and the KT command tower, did not select additional first baseman resources. Coach Lee closely examines the physical condition of Kang Baek-ho and Park Byeong-ho at KT’s 1st team spring camp in Tucson, Arizona.
In the past, whenever the baseball team achieved good results, it was the first basemen who always showed off their ability to solve problems. The 1st WBC Lee Seung-yeop in 2006 and the 2nd WBC Kim Tae-gyun in 2009 are typical examples. This time, it is the turn of the ‘Hoho Line’ to become a pillar of the national team through a new structure.