Lee Jeong-hoo vs Kang Baek-ho, 2023 ‘last bet’… Different transformations that resemble KBO genius hitters
It is a different transformation that looks similar.
Two genius hitters who represent the KBO league, Lee Jung-hoo (Kiwoom) and Kang Baek-ho (KT). They have extensively tweaked their hitting mechanics this season. The reason is the same. To get better at baseball. Lee Jung-hoo has a strong purpose to prepare for major league pitchers a year later, and Kang Baek-ho also struggles to recover his honor after a year of sluggishness.안전놀이터
However, the orientation is slightly different. Influenced by Ha-seong Kim (San Diego Padres) and others, Lee Jung-hoo made changes to cope with the 160km fastball. According to the explanation of hitting coach Lee Jung-hoo and Kang Byeong-sik, whom we met at the Arizona spring camp, the position of the arm went down from the ear to the chest area in the preparation for hitting. It is a measure to minimize the time to reach the ball so that the timing of hitting the faster ball is not delayed. Ha-seong Kim also added an explanation that he succeeded by changing similarly.
On the other hand, Kang Baek-ho made a slightly different choice than other hitters. According to Kang Baek-ho, whom I also met at the Arizona camp, he decided to pull his hitting point back about half the ball. In modern baseball, batters are greedy for long hits. I believe that the hitting point should be formed earlier so that long hits can be produced without being fooled by the breaking ball.
However, Kang Baek-ho believed in his innate flexibility and athletic ability and decided to focus on accuracy by pulling back the hitting point. There is almost no difference to the naked eye, but there was also an explanation from the person himself that he puts a lot of effort into overcoming the difference. Kang Baek-ho and the KT data team concluded that the hitting point went forward a lot, and because of that, the manned ball was deceived too much and the productivity decreased.
Lee Jung-hoo doesn’t come out with cool hits, probably because he hasn’t fully adapted to his new form yet. He went out as center fielder once in both practice games against NC and KIA, but was 1 hit in 5 at bats. The one hit was an infield hit, not an outfield hit.
However, Kang Baek-ho showed that he was well accustomed to the new batting mechanic, wielding hard hits including the final home run in his first practice match against NC. To be precise, it’s back to the good old days, so it can be relatively easy to adapt.
This is the start. Both Lee Jung-hoo and Kang Baek-ho still have to overcome many mountains and must undergo sufficient verification. Lee Jung-hoo has a firm goal to lead Kiwoom to win the Korean Series. He is trying to show that he can do better beyond last year’s 5 gold medals. Kang Baek-ho will also have a desire to step on top of the Korean series once again, beyond restoring his personal honor. He also has a common responsibility to lead Korea’s good results by working together in the upcoming WBC.
In a way, it is the final victory. Neither Lee Jung-hoo nor Kang Baek-ho have anywhere to retreat. Lee Jung-hoo is in the final season of the KBO League. If Kang Baek-ho performs poorly this season, his name value and name value itself could be further reduced. He needs to be watched with a long breath.