Finally No. 1 in batting average
As heat waves hit the country, Ja-wook Koo’s summer bat is getting hotter. Ja-wook Koo’s batting average this season is 0.337. He has the highest batting average among hitters in the KBO League who have filled the required at-bats. His batting average in the second half is also 0.443, which is by far the first. His sense of hitting never cools off.
There is a difference of 5 leagues (0.332) from Guillermo Ereia (SSG Landers), who are second in batting average. If Koo Ja-wook, who has a batting average of 0.452 in the last 10 games, maintains the current pace, he can solidify his first place. For Koo Ja-wook, this is his first challenge to become the top batting champion after 12 years of his professional debut.
Ja-wook Koo, who joined Samsung in 2012 and established himself as a starting pitcher in 2015, swung a hard hit enough to record a batting average of 0.349 in his debut season with the first team. 토토 At once, he emerged as a promising player to take charge of Samsung’s future. With the retirement of Lee Seung-yeop from ‘The Lion King’, there were many expectations that he would become a ‘post-Lee Seung-yeop’.
However, Ja-wook Koo went through a period of stagnation after that. He consistently posted batting averages in the late 20s to early 30s, but not to the extent of dominating the league. He had no ties to the title. The 2021 top scorer (107 points) was the first and last. In the following year, in 2022, as a’non-FA (free agent)’, he signed a 5-year, up to 12 billion won contract and ranked first in the league annual salary (2 billion won in 2023), but due to injuries and sluggishness, he did not perform well for his ransom. couldn’t
Ja-wook Koo, who is desperate for strength, put in a lot of effort last winter. Feeling the need to strengthen basic skills, he voluntarily participated in the finish camp where only rookie players participated, and endured the intense training without muttering. Ja-wook Koo said, “There is no right answer in baseball. He thought that he had to constantly try various things to find something that would help me,” he said, reflecting on his decision at the time.
After a lot of hard work, Ja-wook Koo is leading the league this season. He said he let go of his greed and found confidence. Ja-wook Koo said, “I used to have stress about home runs, but now I don’t. Instead of being greedy for a home run, I try to hit it accurately.” As he erased his desire for a home run, he became free from the burden of being the ‘post Lee Seung-yeop’ that followed him throughout his career. He said, “Isn’t a double hit a long hit? I think two doubles are home runs and I am focusing on contact.”
The title of the No. 1 hit that came close to my eyes. However, Ja-wook Koo said, “I don’t have any personal goals for this season.” He emphasized his non-greedy attitude, saying, “The team’s rebound is the top priority.”
What is clear is that as Koo Ja-wook is revived, Samsung is also revived. Since July, when Koo Ja-wook returned from injury (left hamstring), Samsung has also been on the rise, maintaining a 50% win rate (13 wins, 12 losses, 1 draw). It is completely different from the way he struggled with a win rate of 30% (0.380) until June. The last place that seemed impossible is right in front of you. Along with Ja-Wook Koo’s roar, the lions who were intimidated are also coming back to life.