Jwa Cheongryong and Woo Baek-ho. It refers to a ideal place in geomancy. In everyday life, the word refers to a duo that stands out in one field.
There are also players in baseball who are compatible with the term “left-blue dragon, right-handed white-handed.” Lee Jung-hoo (San Francisco Giants) and Kang Baek-ho (KT Wiz) have been called “genius hitters” since their professional debuts, drawing keen attention as duo who will lead the future of the Korean baseball.
However, many years later, the two players are taking opposite steps. While Lee Jung-hoo entered the U.S. Major League Baseball (MLB) to mark the year of Gapjin (甲辰年), the year of the 靑 dragon, Kang Baek-ho is struggling amid a swamp of injuries and sluggishness.
2023 has been a year of ordeal for Kang. He has suffered greatly from psychological atrophy. Despite hitting hard (7 hits in 14 at-bats) at the World Baseball Classic in March, he became a hot topic as a “ceremony baserunner” and was under fire for providing an excuse for his loss in a regular season game against the LG Twins on May 18.
In June, he suffered from a cold and his condition declined, and he was unable to play due to panic disorder. He returned to the first division as an expanded entry was implemented in September, but his condition was not normal. He seemed to survive by winning a gold medal at the Hangzhou Asian Games in September, but failed to play in fall baseball due to an internal abdominal muscle injury during training ahead of the postseason.
Kang’s record in the 2023 regular season is 0.265 in batting average, eight homers and 39 RBIs in 71 games, and OPS (on-base plus slugging) is 0.763. He failed to enter the at-bats for the second consecutive year following 2022, and his various records also failed to meet expectations. The report card is poor compared with his performances of the Rookie of the Year award in the 2018 season, the third-ranked in batting average (0.347) in the 2021 season, and the second-ranked in hits (179) and RBIs (102). He needs to rebound in the new season. 랭크카지노
The 2024 season is also an opportunity for Kang. Like Lee Jung-hoo, Kang has a chance to advance to the big league. If Kang finishes the year 2024, he will be eligible for posting (closed open bidding) as he meets the requirement for seven full-time seasons. Kang has met the requirement for the number of full-time registration days (145 days) for five seasons (2018-2021, 2023), and has met the number of registration days that he failed to meet in 2022 (114 days) by playing in four international competitions. The key is to complete this season without injury.
It is expected to be a great motivation for Kang Baek-ho. Rebounding is necessary not only to recover his honor but also to advance to the big league. Attention is focusing on whether a white tiger can fly in the Year of the Blue Dragon.