“It was a shame that I only had a week… I hope you do better.” Kang Jung-ho wishes for the revival of Lee Dae-ho, the second ‘decision to join the military.’
“King Kang” Kang Jung-ho (37) visited his academy and wished Han Dong-hee (25, Lotte), who received batting lessons even after deciding to join the military this year
Kang Jung-ho, a “former major leaguer” who set up a baseball academy in Los Angeles after retirement, posted a photo with Han Dong-hee, Jung-hoon (37, Lotte), and Lee Dae-ho (42, retired) on his SNS on the 29th (Korea Standard Time).
“It was regrettable that I only had a week left, but I hope I can do better in 2024,” Kang said along with the photo. “Thank you for coming to the King Kang Academy. Way to go, Lee Dae-ho, Jung-hoon and Han Dong-hee.”
Han Dong-hee, the “second Lee Dae-ho,” who shot a career low last year, vowed to revive and headed to Kang Jung-ho Academy in Los Angeles on the 14th with his senior Jung-hoon. With Lee Dae-ho providing the full cost of training, they received special lessons for 10 days from Kang Jung-ho, who helped Son Ah-seop (NC) become the first batting champion in his life. The SNS post is presumed to have been posted by Kang to commemorate the end of the training.
Han Dong-hee graduated from Gyeongnam High School, the alma mater of “Lotte’s permanent no. 1” Lee Dae-ho, and entered the professional league in style after receiving the first Lotte nomination. Since his amateur days, he has been nicknamed “Post Lee Dae-ho,” and even after joining Lotte, he was evaluated as a talent to succeed Lee Dae-ho.
Han Dong-hee, who struggled to adapt to the first team for two years after joining the team, finally showed his potential in 2020 with a batting average of 278 with 17 home runs and 67 RBIs in 135 games. The following year, he also hit a batting average of 267 with 17 home runs and 69 RBIs in 129 games, and he continued his momentum with a batting average of 377 with 14 home runs and 65 RBIs in 129 games in 2022.
Han Dong-hee had a nightmare season last year. He played in 108 games and recorded a career low of .304 with a batting average of .223, five homers, 32 RBIs and a slugging percentage, losing the prestige of being a right-handed powerhouse.
Meanwhile, Lotte club made headlines on the 26th when it reported the news of Han Dong-hee’s support for Sangmu (Korean Military Sports Unit). A Lotte official said, “Han Dong-hee (inner), Lee Tae-yeon (pitching), and Lee Jin-ha (pitching) applied to the Armed Forces Sports Unit.”
The Armed Forces Sports Unit plans to announce the final successful candidates in March after presenting the documents in January and February and conducting a physical evaluation in February. If Han Dong-hee, Lee Tae-yeon and Lee Jin-ha are on the list of successful candidates, they will head to the military in June.
Han Dong-hee’s enlistment in the military has already been discussed since last year’s closing camp. “Coach Kim Tae-hyung and Han Dong-hee discussed joining the military since the closing camp. Han Dong-hee himself considered when to join the military.” 마카오카지노주소
Han Dong-hee can play in the first team stage until June and join the army if she passes the Sangmu. The date of discharge will come in winter 2025, and she will be able to participate in the spring camp normally from 2026.
Even after deciding to join the military, Han Dong-hee visited Kang before the spring camp and vowed to revive. It remains to be seen whether he will be able to regain his confidence and head to the military by June under the assumption that he will finally pass the application for the management in March.