Now there is a ‘determined stage’ in the major league challenge. It is a completely different situation from when Ryu Hyun-jin set a new milestone 10 years ago.
KBO League MVP Lee Jeong-hoo (Kiwoom) boarded a plane to the United States. Lee Jung-hoo departed for Los Angeles, USA via Incheon International Airport on the 9th. He builds up his body for three weeks with personal training there, and is scheduled to move to Scottsdale, Arizona, where the Kiwoom Heroes team camp will be held in early February. In mid-February, he joins the WBC national team camp in Tucson, Arizona again, and continues busy training without a break.
On this season’s journey, starting with LA training, Lee Jung-hoo has a clear goal and direction. That’s his major league challenge. Lee Jung-hoo confirmed the challenge to advance to the major leagues in consultation with the Kiwoom club, and after this season is over, he will start a full-fledged challenge. He already has a lot of interest in the US as well. Conditions are variable, but it is expected that he will be able to enter the big leagues this year if he continues his activities so far without injury.
Lee Jung-hoo has a clear ‘plan’. It is a completely different situation from when Ryu Hyun-jin signed a contract with the Los Angeles Dodgers 10 years ago through the posting system and set a record as the first major league direct 토토사이트 KBO leaguer. Ryu Hyun-jin was the starting point, and then several seniors followed. Kang Jeong-ho, Park Byeong-ho, Kim Hyun-soo, Yoon Seok-min, Hwang Jae-gyun, Kim Gwang-hyeon, Yang Hyeon-jong, and Kim Ha-seong succeeded in signing contracts with major league clubs and wrote a history of challenges. Of course, there have also been failures. There were also players who knocked on the door through the posting system or as a free agent, but failed to reach the desired conditions or failed to bid and returned without income.
However, because there were so many challenges, a guideline was established through trial and error over the past 10 years, and it was possible to give direction to juniors preparing for the ‘big stage’ like Lee Jung-hoo. Even Lee Jung-hoo right now, the advice and help of Kim Ha-seong, a senior and close older brother who played together at Kiwoom, is absolute. After achieving success in the KBO League, he stepped onto the major league stage with the spirit of a challenger, and even there, Ha-seong Kim is constantly growing. Ha-seong Kim, who plays an active role in the world’s best league, is Lee Jung-hoo’s biggest asset. Lee Jung-hoo learned more know-how while training with Kim Ha-seong in Korea. It is a great opportunity to learn from effective ways to deal with foreign players to detailed self-management. In particular, it can be seen that Kim Ha-sung’s ‘strong recommendation’ played a significant role against the background of Lee Jung-hoo’s attempt to enter the major leagues. Of course, Kim Ha-seong approached his dream because there were close seniors like Kang Jung-ho and Park Byeong-ho who challenged him first.
Lee Jung-hoo’s destination has not been decided yet, and no one knows what variables will arise in this journey. But I feel a sense of alienation. Now, the major leagues don’t seem far away. Lee Jung-hoo’s preparation process can serve as a guide for his juniors.