‘Little Giant’ Bae Ji-hwan (24) has a great influence on Pittsburgh. The locals are also shedding light on the hidden value of Bae Ji-hwan.
On the 1st (Korean time), in the 2023 Major League Baseball (MLB) away game against the Washington Nationals held at Nationals Park in Washington, DC, USA, Bae Ji-hwan started as a second baseman, batting 8, recording 1 hit, 1 run and 1 base in 4 at-bats.
The season batting average remained at 0.250, and the season steals were called 11, jumping to second place in the entire MLB category. Among them, only one failure was high in purity.
Pittsburgh media ‘Pittsburgh Baseball Now’ focused on him on the 1st in an article titled ‘Bae Ji-hwan’s perfect playing style for Pittsburgh in the new era’.
The media explained that he joined the first team with his versatility, even though it was unclear whether he joined the opening roster before the season. It has been further expanded with the new rules,” he said.
Ahead of this season, MLB gave good news to fast runners. While increasing the size of the base, limiting the number of pickoffs by pitchers. Along with this, Bae Ji-hwan, who has increased his chances to participate, is running frantically and spreading the fear of fast-footed baseball.
According to the media, Bae Ji-hwan said, “I was used to it because I played in Triple A for about 80% of the season (where the rules had already been changed),” and laughed, saying, “Big league pitchers will hate that, but I like that restriction.”
He also explained that Bae Ji-hwan’s greatest strength was his speed since his professional debut, but he has fully demonstrated that strength this season. According to Statcast, his sprint speed is 29.3 feet per second, which is 14th overall in the major leagues, and both the home-to-first base time (4.07 seconds) and 90-foot (about 27m) run time (3.76 seconds) are both second in the league. Simple speed is so fast, but as a left-handed hitter, he has a lot of infield hits, and his running sense is added, so stealing bases are mass-produced.
What’s more important is that it has a big impact not only on you but also on the team. Pittsburgh succeeded in stealing 41 bases, the most in the big leagues this season, which also influenced the result of being ranked first in the National League (NL) in scoring. Amid these results, Pittsburgh is running 1st in the NL Central Division with 20 wins and 9 losses. 먹튀검증
The media said, “Pittsburgh was the most aggressive team on base at the beginning of the season. Nobody was afraid to run,” and “Carlos Santana, 37, also recorded two steals in three games in a row, but it was his first steal since 2021.”
Bae Ji-hwan said, “I think a lot of people were sleeping because they were stealing bases. They were interested in more home runs and strikeouts.” “I think in baseball, one crazy run can change the game. It’s really good to see players making it,” he said.