Who hit the most close home run in the KBO League? It seems likely to be Choo Shin-soo (41). Anyone who watched the match between Samsung Lions and SSG Landers in Daegu on the 11th would agree.
Choo Shin-soo came out as the lead batter at the beginning of the 5th inning with a 3-3 match and hit a big ball toward the foul pole on the right against Samsung starter Won Tae-in. Choo Shin-soo, who leisurely played the bass, returned to the dugout and was congratulated by his teammates. Samsung immediately requested a video review to determine whether there was a home run or not.토토사이트
He was indistinguishable to the naked eye, but difficult to recognize even with relay cameras. He veered out of the pole, making it difficult for the reading center to make a decision. But when he held his magnifying glass up to the camera, the truth came out. It was caught that the rotation and trajectory of the ball changed as it brushed the outside of the pole.
Choo Shin-soo, whom we met ahead of the Samsung match on the 13th, smiled and said, “I felt like a home run.” He said, “From the point of view after the hit, it seemed to have passed the pole and entered the foul area. However, it seemed that it would not be easy to read. It looked like a foul through the camera. It was thanks to the camera director who used a magnifying glass well. It was so close to the end,” he said.
Shin-soo Choo’s home run clock ran faster than last year. He hit two in eight games. Last year he was 1 for 18 games throughout April. Considering that he hit 16 as his long hits increased in the second half, this season is off to a good start. But not batting average. As of the 12th, 0.185 (5 hits in 27 at-bats) is similar to the batting average (0.197) in April of last year.
However, Choo Shin-soo is not impatient. He is also a slow starter by nature, but getting on base is a priority for him. Choo Shin-soo said, “Actually, since I was in the United States, I have put down my batting average (thinking about) a lot. As shifts increased, the number of groundball hits between first and second base decreased. Now, if you hit that way, it’s all out.” I got it, and it’s good to go out whether it’s a hit or a walk. In fact, I’m not choosing to pick a walk, but I’m playing baseball with the idea that on-base is the same.”
As Choo Shin-soo said, the value of Shin-soo Choo is highly evaluated as sabermatrix (a method of mathematically and statistically approaching baseball) has become popular. This is because it maintains the upper ranks in indicators such as OPS (on-base percentage + slugging percentage) and wRC+ (adjusted runs scored). OPS is 20th in the league (0.843) and wRC+ is 17th (171.8). Within the team, he is the second highest after Park Seong-han and Heredia.
SSG coach Kim Won-hyung also said, “I’m sorry for you, but wouldn’t it be nice to think that you get 150 walks?” Choo Shin-soo said, “Actually, I’m satisfied with just 80. Since I’m the number one hitter, the RBI is important, but the on-base percentage is also important. Baseball is a game where you have to go out a lot to win, and the hitters behind me are good.” Choo Shin-soo hit his first at-bat in the game on the 13th, continuing his on-base streak again.