Will Park Byung-ho (38) become the home run king again in the 2024 season.
Park Byung-ho is expected to play an important role as the fourth batter of the Wizards University in the 2024 season as well. When I met him at the captain’s camp recently, Lee Kang-chul, manager of KT, strongly said, “I will choose Park as the fourth batter.”헤라카지노
Park Byung-ho is a living legend of Korean baseball. He became the first KBO league home run king for four consecutive years from 2012 to 2015. Park Byung-ho, who also became the home run king in the 2019 season.
After Park hit 21 homers in the 2020 season and 20 homers in the 2021 season, he made 35 arches in the 2022 season. Since the 2011 season (13 homers), Park has hit more than 20 homers in 11 consecutive seasons. However, he only hit 18 homers last season.
“We advanced to the Korean Series last year, but there were definitely some regrets. I think my biggest goal this year is to become a team that can win the championship,” Park said.
“I think I prepared a little faster than before. I built myself up in advance and practiced batting. I started exercising right after the season was over. It is also due to the fact that the opening has been pushed forward. I also want to play better on my own, so I think I prepared quickly,” he said.
Park Byung-ho also expressed regret over his home run performance in the 2023 season. “Actually, I was a bit disappointed last year. Personally, I exceeded 30 in 2022, but I didn’t even hit 20 last year. If I try to do well on my own, I have to hit more long balls. My biggest goal is to recover my slugging percentage again, although home runs are important in the 2024 season,” Park said.
It is no exaggeration to say that KT boasts the strongest clean-up trio among the 10 teams. Above all, LOHAS, a former KBO league MVP, has made a comeback. Kang Baek-ho, a batting genius, is also holding out. “He is a foreign player who performed well in Korea. From what I heard, he is a good colleague, respecting Korean baseball culture outside of baseball. I look forward to those things as well. We will have more conversations, but I also try to get a lot of help from him.”
Regarding the presence of strong batters in front and back, he said, “It is also true that if there is a batter who can hit long balls like this, the pressure will be reduced. Everyone is in good condition sometimes, and sometimes they are in bad condition. So when someone is in a bad situation, it is true that the next batters are more comfortable if someone else solves it.”
Park Byung-ho became the first player to win the first base in the KBO League’s 42-year history last year. “I will do my best to be a first baseman in 100 games or more,” said Park, who played 730 ⅓ as the starting first baseman. “I will always be ready when I am told to leave,” he said. “However, I think the coach will pay more attention to designated batters (considering physical strength) this season.”