'For a better new season.'
The New Year is bright. The number of Korean big leaguers, who had once reached eight, has now fallen to half, but the players left in the big leagues are competitive. In addition, the Korean big leagues are ready for the new year.
'Korean Monster' Ryu Hyun-jin (LA Dodgers) is a major leaguer of Korea who is receiving the most attention this year. He chose 'FA FAUC' after finishing the 2018 season. Instead, he received a Qualifying Offer (QO) from his team Dodgers. QO is a symbol of express FA. Since the implementation of the system in 2012, 80 people received QO suggestions until last year, and only 6 people including Ryu Hyun-jin accepted them.
Ryu Hyun-jin succeeded in perfect resurrection. His 2018 season record was 7-3 with 15 games and an average 2.97 ERA. He had a three-month gap with a thigh injury in the middle of the season, but he was 4-2 with a 1.88 ERA in 9 games. In the postseason, the Dodgers led the team in the postseason, and in the postseason, the Dodgers made their first start of the World Series as a Korean.
The team's position in the team remains unchanged this year. In the local press, Ryu Hyun-jin is in the mood to make it into the third round of selection. Ryu Hyun-jin commented on the goal of the new year, "I will refine it to make it more suitable for my current league."
Oh Seung-hwan (Colorado), who is a "stoner", gives his final power to win the beauty of the league in the big league stage. Oh Seung-hwan is seriously considering returning to the KBO League after the end of the year. "I want to return to the domestic stage."
This year his contract with Colorado was extended. Oh seung-hwan left Toronto in the middle of last season and wore a Colorado uniform. However, the options that were included in the deal when they signed a 1 + 1 year contract with Toronto were implemented. Once in a while, the clock is in sight. If we add only one season save, we will achieve a record of 400 save in Korea, US and Japan. Oh Seung-hwan said, "It is not a finishing pitcher in the current team. There is no personal greed. A 400 save opportunity will come someday. I will work hard at that time. "
Choo Shin-soo (Texas) played a great role during the first half of last year. He hit .293 with 18 homers and 43 RBIs in 90 games in the first half, scoring 54 runs. In particular, on May 14, they played 52 consecutive outposts before the game against Houston on July 22 before Cleveland. For the first time in his career, he has been in major league all-star games. But in the second half of the season, he hit .217 with three homers and 19 RBIs and scored 29 points in 56 games. Choo is preparing for the upcoming season. He said, "I should speak professionally. I could not find a definite cause. I will prepare well for next season. "
In addition, Kang Jung-ho (Pittsburgh) was suspended for a while due to drunk driving, but a $ 5.5 million club option was implemented. We have to overcome the gap that we have not played in the major leagues for nearly two years. Choi Ji-man (Tampa Bay) challenges a full-time big leaguer in a better environment. He is the best player in the team's batting competition, with most of his competitors leaving and trading, with eight homers in 46 games in the second half of last year.