27 January 2024

“It’s a mission given to me”… “WBC→AG→APBC” In 2023, when I felt a lot, “National University center fielder” will run again

By pestfood.com

“How much you make average is the mission you gave me.”

Jihoon Choi, a graduate of Gwangju Jeil High School and Dongkuk University, joined the SK Wyverns (currently SSG Landers) as the 30th overall pick in the third round of the second 2020 KBO rookie draft. He had a batting average of 0.258 in 127 games in his debut season and a batting average of 0.262 in 136 games in the 2021 season, which was his best performance in the 2022 season.

Choi Ji-hoon played in all 144 games of the 2022 season, leading SSG to win the “Wire to Wire” by playing 173 hits, 10 homers, 61 RBIs, 93 runs batted in, and 0.304 OPS 0.789 in total. In addition, he played in six games before the Korean Series, recording five hits, one homer, two RBIs, four runs batted in 0.227 OPS, and wearing his first winning ring since his debut.

Since then, Choi has joined the 2023 World Baseball Classic national team ahead of the 2023 season and experienced his first international performance. After returning to his team, Choi had 124 hits, two homers, 30 RBIs, 65 runs and a batting average of 0.268 OPS 0.672 in 117 games.

Choi Ji-hoon participated in the 2022 Hangzhou Asian Games in Hangzhou, China, during the season, and after the end of the season, he participated in the 2023 Asian Professional Baseball Championship (APBC) held at the Tokyo Dome in Tokyo, Japan, and experienced the international stage twice.

After a long season in 2023, Choi gave up his break and started working out right away. “I started working out at the end of November. I don’t have enough exercise capacity to do volunteer work, but I will go to camp and get back in shape. I recovered to some extent. I gained some weight again,” Choi said. “I went down to Gwangju during the weekend. I didn’t have time to go that long and I didn’t have much time, so I thought I should exercise right away.”

On the workout, Choi Ji-hoon said, “I did ankle reinforcement exercise with my training coach. My ligament is damaged, so it doesn’t come back quickly. I have to hold my muscles well, but it’s too much because I’m a leg kick hitter,” adding, “I try hard, but there are some difficult parts. I have to make it well. My left ankle and base are all good, but I feel a little difference when I hit, so I’m trying to catch them.”

Choi Ji-hoon has already entered his fifth year as a professional player. He decided to give himself a mission in his fifth year. “What I felt after doing the year was that maintaining it was the hardest thing. How much average you make is the mission given to Jihoon Chois in their fifth year,” he said. “There is no permanent starting player. I don’t think I’m doing a good job. I have to work harder and make a career to some extent.” 마카오토토

“If I do well this year, another player will play if I don’t do well. It’s not an easy seat,” he said. “If you pay attention to numbers, it’s hard to catch up. I haven’t decided anything, and I’ll do as much as I can.”

Meanwhile, Choi Ji-hoon will depart for the U.S. via Incheon International Airport on the 30th. SSG will hold its spring camp at the Jackie Robinson Training Complex in Vero Beach, Florida, from the 30th.