KIA Socrates lost his power KT LOHAS remains the same after returning after 4 years

Socrates hits a 3-run home run and walks lightly

Foreign hitter Socrates Brito (KIA Tigers), who is in his third year of Korean professional baseball, faces the biggest crisis.

KIA manager Beom-ho Lee used Woo-sung Lee as a pinch hitter instead of Socrates in the top of the 9th inning when the game was tied 1-4 against the Lotte Giants held at Sajik Stadium in Busan on the 22nd.

This is the cool-headed current address of Socrates, the protagonist of the powerful cheering song known to all fans of the 10 teams in the KBO League. 안전놀이터

Lee Woo-sung, who has a better hitting feel than Socrates, lived up to the bench’s expectations by hitting a 1-run hit toward the shortstop.

Instead of Socrates, who crawled the floor with a season batting average of 0.254 and May’s batting average of 0.224, it was probably a natural choice for Lee Woo-sung, who was swinging his bat vigorously toward the best year of his life, to step in as the solution.

In 2022, when Socrates debuted in the KBO League, he emerged as the hope of KIA’s batting lineup with a batting average of 0.311, 17 home runs, and a slugging percentage of 0.494. 슬롯사이트

However, over the two years, the batting average dropped by 3 pennies and the slugging percentage by 3 to 4 pennies. This is because his weaknesses were completely exposed to pitchers from 9 teams.

LG Twins foreign pitcher Casey Kelly has been struggling since last year, his 5th year on the Korean stage, and is suffering from a severe slump this year, with only 1 win (6 losses). Still, he lasted longer than Socrates.

In the KBO League, there have historically been more long-serving foreign players as pitchers than as hitters.

Tall pitcher Dustin Nippert played for Doosan Bears and KT Wiz for eight years until 2018, and fastball pitcher Henry Sosa also played in the KBO League for eight years wearing the uniforms of KIA, Nexen (now Kiwoom) Heroes, LG, and SK Wyverns (now SSG Landers). went through

Most of the strangers who are remembered by fans, such as Daniel Rios, Andy Van Hacken, Eric Hacker, and Brandon Knight, who played for 6 years, are also pitchers.

On the other hand, among batters, outfielder Jay Davis, who played for 7 years wearing the Hanwha Eagles uniform in 1999, when the foreign player system was first introduced, is the longest-serving player.

The only foreign hitters who have played for more than 5 seasons are Tilson Brito (6 years), Tyrone Woods, Cliff Brumbaugh, Jamie Romac, and Mel Rojas Jr. (5 years).

Most of them quit their careers after living in Korea, but Woods entered the Japanese professional baseball league, which gives more money, and KT Wiz’s Rojas experienced a bitter taste in Japan and made a U-turn to Korea this year.

The reason why pitchers stay in Korea longer is because the expectations that clubs place on pitchers and batters are different.

In the past, each club used big-time players who could win 15 games as the standard for recruiting foreign pitchers, but since the introduction of the total annual salary cap for foreign players, pitchers who adapt well to Korean baseball, have a good personality, and will remain in the starting rotation without injury are required. expectations were lowered significantly.

This is because it is difficult to recruit a pitcher with big league experience who can dominate the league for around $1 million to $1.5 million. The shortage of pitchers in the big leagues also forces players to choose between the old and the good.

However, the perspective on others has not changed much between the beginning of the introduction of the foreigner system and now.

Every team wants a one-shot cannon or a chance solver. There are many domestic players who are quick and good at defense, so we do not select foreign hitters of this type.

Therefore, foreign batters whose batting averages, slugging percentages, and RBIs continue to drop due to microscopic analysis of competing clubs cannot stay in Korea for long.

However, it is a different story when it comes to hitters who have dominated the Korean league.

KT Rojas, who was selected as the Most Valuable Player (MVP) in the 2020 season and experienced a miserable failure in Japan, boasts a batting average of 0.299 and a slugging percentage of 0.561 this year, returning after 4 years, and continues to show off his skills in his 5th season on the Korean stage. 토토사이트 추천