Following in the footsteps of Kim Ha-seong (28, San Diego Padres), who has made a name for himself in Major League Baseball (MLB) as a defender, the next KBO player to knock on the door is Lee Jung-hoo (25, Kiwoom Heroes).Lee, who will try out for the major leagues this winter through the posting system (closed competitive bidding), has already been touted by local media as the “biggest name in the StubHub outfield “.The question is which team and under what conditions, but Lee’s entry into the MLB is a certainty .Kim gave some realistic advice to Lee and Go Woo-seok (25-LG Twins), who were both requested to undergo background checks by the MLB office .At an official press conference held at Hotel Rivera Cheongdam in Gangnam-gu, Seoul on the 20th, Kim said, “Jung-hoo and Woo-seok are very good players in Korea, so they will be an example for other players (if they challenge MLB). However, I know that both of them don’t speak English well. I want to tell them to study even now.” Kim Hae-sung admitted that he is not yet fluent in English either.
He added that when he was younger, he didn’t think he’d make it to the major leagues, so he didn’t study English, and he’s still struggling with it.” We (from Korea) are strangers,” he said. How you behave is how you’re accepted. You have to approach them first. “For Lee Jung-hoo, who has an upcoming contract, the advice was more personal .Kim said that the “minor league veto” clause in his contract was unnecessary in hindsight .”I advised Jung-hoo a lot about this,” Kim said. I didn’t go down to the minors even though I was really bad in the first year. It’s not easy to go down to the minors once you’ve earned a certain amount of salary.” Even in 2020, when Kim entered the U.S. major leagues, there were Korean players who struggled with the so-called “tearful bread” of the minor leagues. “I was obsessed with the minor league veto in my contract, but in the end, it was meaningless. I think it’s better to have an ‘opt-out’ clause in the contract, because Jung-hoo won’t get paid less if he goes to the United States .”An opt-out is a system that allows a player to become a free agent (FA) early without having to fulfill the term of his contract if certain conditions are met.
Rather than sacrificing other contractual terms for a minor league opt-out, the advice is to acclimate to the American scene and become eligible for free agency sooner rather than later .As for who will succeed him as the “KBO to MLB infielder,” he named Kim Hye-sung (25, Kiwoom). “I watched the Asian Professional Baseball Championship (APBC), and I thought she was different from players her age. If Hye-sung grows up, I think she will be a better player than me. She is very sincere and passionate .”He continued, “Hye-sung also contacts me often. I think it means that they are thinking about going to the United States. I know she will be eligible for 바카라사이트 the post after next season, but I would like to see her play in the United States.”