There is a possibility that the 2023 season for KIA batting center Choi Hyeong-woo (40) will end like this. Even so, it deserves applause.
Choi Hyeong-woo started as the 4th designated hitter against Gwangju KT on the 24th, appeared as the leadoff hitter in the bottom of the 7th inning when the team was down 0-1, and hit a second base hit against Go Young-pyo. KT second baseman Park Kyung-soo caught it and dropped it, and in the process of handling it to first base, first baseman Park Byeong-ho was late in preparing to touch the base.
Then Choi Hyung-woo sprinted away. However, in order to avoid a collision with Park Byeong-ho, his steps momentarily twisted slightly, and Park Byeong-ho’s foot caught slightly. In the end, I fell to the ground, and as a result, my left collarbone was hit hard and I was diagnosed with a fracture. There is a cross-check on the 25th, but the situation is hopeless. If he injures his collarbone, it will not be a problem for him playing baseball, but his daily life will be uncomfortable.
In the worst case, there is a possibility that the season will end like this. Even so, the 2023 season deserves applause. In 121 games, 130 hits in 431 at-bats, batting average of 0.302, 17 home runs, 81 RBI, 64 runs, OPS of 0.887, and scoring average of 0.317. His poor performance of the past two years was completely washed away.
Until Choi Won-jun, Na Seong-beom, and Kim Do-young joined in mid- to late June, he was the main character who dragged the KIA batting line by the collar and ‘hard carried’ him. It has been an extreme roller coaster ride for KIA, with 7 consecutive losses after 9 consecutive wins in September, but the player who laid the foundation for them to compete for 5th place was Choi Hyung-woo.
Choi Hyung-woo’s performance this season is such that it is hard to believe that he is 40 years old. He is 13th in batting average and runs scored, 9th in home runs, 5th in RBIs, and 4th in slugging percentage (.487), on-base percentage (.400), and OPS. According to the baseball statistics site StatTees, he ranks 14th in batting WAR at 3.64. Overall WAR cannot be found in the top 30, but considering he is a designated hitter, batting WAR alone is enough to judge value.
In addition, the adjusted scoring production is 153.5, ranking 5th in the league. Simply put, this means that he showed off a production level that was 53.5% better than the league average. The weighted on-base percentage is 0.409, 5th in the league, and the win probability contribution is 4.06, 3rd in the league. These are indicators that reveal how efficient Choi Hyung-woo was at batting.
As such, he made a lot of blows메이저사이트 that actually helped KIA win. With 14 final hits, he is tied for first place with Austin Dean (LG). This is why you should never blame Choi Hyung-woo even if the season ends as the battle for 5th place with SSG reaches its climax.Choi Hyung-woo ends his three-year, 3.4 billion won free agent contract with KIA at the end of this season. He had a 7-year free agent contract with KIA worth 13.4 billion won, and he was well worth his name and ransom. Choi Hyung-woo said early on, “I want to play baseball for a long time.” Although it is difficult to sign a long-term or large contract due to his age, it seems possible to extend the contract within a reasonable range. It should be seen that there is a possibility of a 1-2 year contract being signed a year before free agency. It is highly unlikely that Choi Hyung-woo will leave KIA like this.