There’s one batsman who isn’t enjoying KT Wiz’s second-place miracle. It’s Kang Baek-ho. He’s been sent down to second base twice for breaks.
Now he’s back on his feet. 토토사이트“Kang Baek-ho joined the development squad today,” KT coach Lee Kang-cheol said, “and will now enter technical training in earnest.”
Since joining the team in 2018, Kang Baek-ho has been the centrepiece of the KT batting order, consistently batting in the middle of the order. In 2021, he batted at No. 4 and helped KT win its first title since its inception. No one doubted the genius batsman’s rise to the top.
Last year, however, he experienced his first setback. He took a long break due to injury, and when he returned, his batting struggled.
His salary had been rising every year, but this year he signed for a whopping 47.3 per cent, or $260 million, less. Kang prepared for this season with a lot of determination.
Although he had a disappointing showing at the World Baseball Classic in March, he was praised for his good hitting and preparation.
In the regular season, he started off well, but slumped in May and was criticised by fans for his poor defence. He then struggled psychologically and was sent down to the second team for a break. He returned in July, but was sent down again at the start of the second half.
The long break led to questions about whether Kang would be able to play at the Asian Games.
“He’s not injured, so if he prepares from now on, he can go to the Asian Games,” Lee said, adding, “If he’s in good shape to train and play, he can go before September.”
This season, Kang is batting .261 with six home runs and 32 RBIs in 57 games (203 hits, 53 runs).
Kang Baek-ho will need to show the power he once had to fuel KT’s rise to the top of the standings and play a key role in the Asian Games, where Lee Jung-hoo was ruled out due to injury.