“Similar to Guerrero”… U.S. media illuminates Lee Jung-hoo’s declaration of MLB challenge
Local media compared Lee Jung-hoo to Vladimir Guerrero after announcing that he would advance to the Major League Baseball (MLB) after next season.
MLB.com said on the 20th 토토 (Korean time), “Next winter KBO league superstar Lee Jung-hoo will try to enter the MLB with his old dream,” and focused on “a player who can shake up the free agent (FA) market.” Lee Jung-hoo visited the Kiwoom Heroes club office the day before and conveyed his intention to enter the MLB after playing in the 2023 season.
The media reported that “Rafael Devers, Manny Machado, and Shohei Ohtani will be released as free agents in the free agent market next year, and KBO league superstar Lee Jung-hoo has also expressed his intention to enter the major leagues.” “‘Grandson of the Wind’ Lee Jung-hoo won the KBO league MVP this year with a batting average of 0.349, 23 homers, 113 RBIs, an on-base percentage of 0.421 and a slugging percentage of 0.575,” he added.
The media praised, “Lee Jung-hoo struck out 32 in 627 at-bats this year while getting 66 walks. did. “He is a hitter with excellent power, contact ability, and ability to identify and respond to strike zones,” he said.
At the same time, he praised Lee Jung-hoo by comparing him to Guerrero, who was inducted into the MLB Hall of Fame. The media raised expectations for Lee Jung-hoo’s advance into the MLB, saying, “If you like Guerrero’s batting and defense, you will definitely be captivated by Lee Jung-hoo’s performance.” Guerrero is a representative MLB hitter with a batting average of 0.318 OPS (on-base percentage + slugging percentage) of 0.931, 449 homers and 181 stolen bases over 16 major league seasons.