Choo Shin-soo in 2010 is nothing, I see Ichiro in 2001… Bae Ji-hwan ‘The Great Challenge’

Choo Shin-soo in 2010 is nothing. Bae Ji-hwan (Pittsburgh Pirates) runs toward Ichiro Suzuki in 2001.

On the 17th (hereinafter Korean time), Bae Ji-hwan started as a second baseman in the 2023 Major League Baseball away game against the Milwaukee Brewers held at American Family Field in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA, and scored 1 goal with 2 hits, 2 walks and 1 steal in 2 at-bats. His season batting average was 0.269.스포츠토토

Bae Ji-hwan finally broke through the 20-base high. In the top of the sixth inning, trailing 1–4, he came on as the leadoff batter and singled out a walk to Milwaukee right-hander Julio Teheran. He stole second base from Austin Hedges at the plate. Stealing a base in six games since the match against the New York Mets on the 10th.

It is the second season in Korean major league history to steal 20 bases. Choo Shin-soo became the first Korean major leaguer to steal 20 bases with 21 stolen bases in 2009 while playing for the Cleveland Guardians. The 22 stolen bases in 2010 is the record for the most stolen bases in a single season by a Korean major leaguer. Shin-soo Choo stole 21 bases in 2012 and 20 bases in 2013 when he was with the Cincinnati Reds.

It is only a matter of time before Bae Ji-hwan surpasses Choo Shin-soo’s 22 steals in 2010 and achieves the most stolen bases in a single season by a Korean major leaguer. Furthermore, it is highly likely that he will step on the 30th and 40th bases for the first time in the Korean major leagues. It is possible if you are healthy and not sick.

The concern is whether Bae Ji-hwan surpassed Ichiro Suzuki’s 2001 record for the most stolen bases in an Asian major league season. At the time, Ichiro was the American League stealing champion with 56 steals. With 509 steals in his career, he holds the record for the most untouchable Asian major leaguers ever.

Bae Ji-hwan stole 20 bases in 63 games this season. Assuming he appears in all of Pittsburgh’s remaining 94 games, he adds 29.8 steals. It is calculated that 49.8 stolen bases, or about 50 stolen bases, is possible. In other words, if he steals bases at his current pace, he cannot surpass Ichiro in 2001.

Bae Ji-hwan’s stealing pace has also dropped slightly compared to the beginning of the season. 2 steals in March, 9 steals in April, 4 steals in May, 5 steals in June. Compared to May, the stealing pace in May is faster. In the end, the key to the future is health and fitness. Major league clubs move extensively throughout the season. Athletes who do not manage their stamina well cannot survive. If physical strength is not managed, the batting balance will be shaken, and both average and on-base percentage will drop.

Bae Ji-hwan’s stealing success rate is still high. He has run 26 times this season and has failed six times. He tied with Ronald Acuna Jr. (Atlanta Braves, 30 steals) for the most stolen bases in the National League. Acuna jumped 36 times and succeeded 30 times. Bae Ji-hwan is the most played stealer in the National League after Acuna this season.

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