Career high before the first half ends… Noh Si-hwan, the third eagle home run king is visible

He has already broken his own record. Noh Si-hwan (Hanwha Eagles) does not know when the rise will end.

Noh Si-hwan hit a left-handed solo home run against Lotte starter Charlie Barnes at the end of the 3rd inning in a 1-2 home game against the Lotte Giants in the regular season of the 2023 KBO League held at Daejeon Hanwha Life Insurance Eagles Park on the 6th. From the ball count 2 ball, he pulled a fastball at 147 km/h and passed the left wall. Season 19 gun.

With the home run that day, he moved up to the joint lead in home runs. The competitor is ‘Living Legend’ Choi Jeong (SSG Landers). He is now able to confidently challenge the best third baseman in the history of the KBO League.

It was like breaking the previous career high even before the first half was over. He previously hit 18 home runs in 2021 and drew attention as a promising prospect who can represent the KBO League. At that time, he only played in 107 games due to injury, but with a home run, he had a batting average of 0.271 with 84 RBIs, an on-base percentage of 0.386 and a slugging percentage of 0.466.

The following year came growing pains. Roh Si-hwan recorded a batting average of 0.281 last year, but only hit 6 homers. In 2021, right before achieving a 30% batting average, 40% on-base rate, and 50% slugging rate, I couldn’t find it.

This season is different. I took off that one layer that I couldn’t get over 2021 years. As of the 6th, there is no flaw with a batting average of 0.315, an on-base percentage of 397, and a slugging percentage of 0.564. His 18 home runs in 2021 have already been exceeded. At the time, it took 458 at-bats to hit 18 home runs, but this year, he has only played 340 at-bats.

Compared to last year, it is steeper. Noh Si-hwan hit 6 homers in only the last 6 games. It’s the same as last year’s 115 games. He hit four home runs in three consecutive games, including against KT Wiz on the 28th of last month, against Samsung Lions on the 30th, and against Samsung on the 1st. Then, on the 5th and 6th against Lotte, cannons came out for two consecutive days. The course, such as pulling and pushing, was also not biased.

Competitor Choi Jeong-eun was temporarily absent due to a pubic bone injury. For Noh Si-hwan, this is the timing to aim for a reversal. It is not easy to win the title of No. 1 in home runs due to the variable of participating in the Asian Games.메이저사이트

However, if successful, it will be the first Hanwha player to receive the award in 15 years since Kim Tae-gyun (now KBS N sports commentator) in 2008. Prior to Kim Tae-gyun, former coach Jang Jong-hoon won the award for three consecutive years from 1990 to 1992, when he was with the Binggrae Eagles. Literally, it is an opportunity to continue the genealogy of the team’s No. 4 hitter.

His young age makes him expect more. At that time, Kim Tae-gyun was in his 8th year of debut. He was a long prodigy who had already hit 30 home runs in his third year. 1990 was the 4th year since coach Jang Jong-hoon’s debut. Those who bloomed early were in charge of Hanwha’s batting line for more than 10 years, and Kim Tae-gyun made his debut just before coach Jang’s retirement and continued the lineage. And Noh Si-hwan, who made his debut right before Kim Tae-gyun’s retirement, proudly challenged the home run king and the best hitter in the league.

The competition between Choi Jeong and Roh Si-hwan in the second half is expected to intensify. The two are competing for each batting title, including home run champion. He is competing for the Golden Glove as he has the same position as third base, and he is also a strong candidate for MVP (Most Valuable Player). Among batters, it is difficult to find a competitor, and only Eric Peddy (NC Dinos) and Adam Plutko (LG Twins), who are challenging for an ERA of 1 point and 20 wins, are competitors.

However, if Noh Si-hwan wins in that competition, the meaning is different. It is Korean baseball that felt the need for a generational change on the international stage in March. Before the memories that were close to nightmares are forgotten, a new star shines the league as a new hope. 

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