Choi Ji-hoon (25) was flying in the outfield.
SSG Landers won 14-2 against the Samsung Lions of the 2023 Shinhan Bank Solar KBO League at SSG Landers Field in Incheon, South Korea, on April 1. SSG is in second place in the league with a record of 30 wins, 1 tie, and 17 losses in 48 games.
SSG’s center fielder and leadoff hitter, Choi Ji-hoon, led the way with a big day at the plate. Choi exploded for five hits, three home runs, four RBIs, and two runs scored on the day, most notably a three-run blast in the bottom of the second inning with a 2-0 lead. He hit a double, a home run, and a triple in that order, falling just two shy of a cycling hit.
While his offense stole the spotlight, Choi shined on defense on this day, catching balls that came his way with his netting defense. He also showed off his “go-do” skills by stealing bases on balls in play.
In the fifth inning, he caught Kim Ho-jae’s hit with his quick feet at second base, and in the sixth inning, he made a diving catch of Jose Pirela’s hit with the bases loaded.먹튀검증
Already the core of SSG, Choi Ji-hoon is still with the team as a legend, and he is vouched for by the same outfielder, Kim Kang-min. “I think he’s a player who can play as long as me,” Kim said a year ago on SSG’s official social media.
He also commented on Choi Ji-hoon’s defensive range, saying, “You don’t need three outfielders, you can cover me and (Choi) Ji-hoon in defense. You can even have one of them help you defend the infield.” That’s how much he trusts his teammate and recognizes his junior’s ability.
SSG is challenging to defend its title as the overall winner of the previous season. Choi Ji-hoon is leading the way with his contributions on both offense and defense.