While baseball player Lee Jeong-hoo (25, Kiwoom Heroes) is planning to advance to the U.S. Major League Baseball (MLB), Kim Ha-seong (San Diego Padres), who has established himself as a leading infielder in MLB, predicted Lee Jeong-hoo’s success.
Ha-seong Kim returned to Korea through Incheon International Airport on the 11th after finishing the 2023 season.
When asked by reporters, “Do you have any advice for Lee Jeong-hoo?” he replied, “I don’t have any in particular.” He replied, “Jung-hoo is a near-complete hitter. If he adapts by watching a lot of MLB pitchers’ pitches since spring camp, he will be able to produce good results.” .
He continued, “Jung-hoo is a good player in all aspects, including batting, defense, and base running,” and added, “He is a player with many strengths, so he will not fall behind even if he competes with foreign players.”메이저놀이터
He also said, “(When I meet Lee Jung-hoo), I plan to fully tell him what I feel,” and predicted, “MLB is not an easy place, but he will do well.”
Currently, multiple MLB teams are showing great interest in recruiting Lee Jung-hoo.
For example, San Francisco of the National League’s Western Division is known to be making active moves to recruit Lee Jeong-hoo. MLB San Francisco Giants general manager Pete Purteller personally visited the KBO League game between Kiwoom and Samsung Lions held at Gocheok Sky Dome in Seoul on the 10th and watched Lee Jung-hoo play.
Since San Francisco is in the same league as Kim Ha-seong’s San Diego, they could meet as rivals.
When asked, “We could play on the same team,” he responded, “We’ve already played together in Korea for a long time, and the team selection is Jung Hu’s decision to make. I don’t want to put that kind of pressure on him.”