Kang Baek-ho Hits a Double Before Returning to the 2nd Team... Director Lee Kang-cheol “Leave the Entry Seat Empty”
“You have to hear that you’ve improved before you register for the first team… you’ll be hired first as a pinch hitter.”
Kang Baek-ho (24), who played as a slugger representing KT Wiz and is having a difficult year due to physical and mental trials this year, announced his return by participating in the Futures (2nd team) league. 바카라사이트
Kang Baek-ho started as the number 3 designated hitter in the Futures League game against the Armed Forces Athletic Corps (Sangmu) held at Iksan Stadium on the 1st and went 1 hit in 4 at-bats with 2 strikeouts.
In the 6th inning, he targeted Sangmu pitcher Park Joo-seong's 141 km/h four-seam fastball and hit a double to right-center.
It has been 37 days since Kang Baek-ho played in an actual game since the first-team game against the LG Twins on July 26.
KT coach Lee Kang-cheol said, "I did not receive a detailed report, only that he hit a double," and added, "For now, I have left a spot empty in the first team entry."
The KBO League will implement expanded entry starting September 1, allowing 5 additional players per team to register.
On this day, KT registered only three players: outfielder Cho Yong-ho, pitcher Kim Young-hyun, and catcher Kang Hyun-woo.
Director Lee predicted, “One position will be filled by Kim Sang-su, who will return next week, and the other position will be filled by Kang Baek-ho.”
He added, “Only when there is a report that he has improved will he be registered in the first team.”
Just because Kang Baek-ho returns to the first team does not mean he will be given a chance as a starter right away.
Even with Kang Baek-ho leaving the line, KT continued its upward trend and rose to second place, 4.5 games behind first place LG Twins.
Coach Lee said, "First, you start as a pinch hitter.
And you can only become a starter if you do well.
If you make him a starter right away, isn't that the 'parachute' that players hate these days? You have to understand that, too."