After leaving the 19-year veteran… 2G 6 hits → 4 hits in 314 days → AVG .347, 38-year-old homemaker Time goes backwards￼
Kang Min-ho’s time goes backwards.
The 2023 season of Samsung Lions veteran catcher Min-ho Kang (38) is unusual. It’s still early in the season, but the fierceness Kang Min-ho shows at bat is approaching as fear to the opponent’s mound.
This season, Kang Min-ho played 21 games and recorded a batting average of .347, 26 hits, 3 homers, 13 RBIs, 12 runs, and an OPS (slugging percentage + on-base percentage) of .971.
This is a top score in the league as a whole. He is 6th in batting average and tied for 12th in most hits. Particularly notable are the on-base percentage and slugging percentage. Kang’s .424 on-base percentage is fifth in the league, and his .547 slugging percentage is third in the league. It is not lagging behind even in the competition with young players. His batting average, slugging percentage, and on-base percentage rank first on the team. 2nd on the team in most hits.
Of course, it is early in the season, but he is maintaining a career high pace. Kang Min-ho’s personal best batting average in a single season was .323 in the 2016 season while playing for the Lotte Giants. If the current trend continues, there is a possibility of breaking records for slugging percentage and on-base percentage. His best slugging percentage was .639 in 2015 and his on-base percentage was .433 in 2016. Home runs, hits, and RBIs are also steadily accumulating.
Kang Min-ho’s true value stood out even more on the 27th and 28th. On the 27th, it was the day Lee Won-seok, who was ranked first in the team’s batting average, left for Kiwoom Heroes. While bringing Kim Tae-hoon to strengthen the bullpen, which is a weakness, Lee Won-seok had to leave in return for his opposition. At the same time, the role of Kang Min-ho, who played the role of the center batting line together with Oh Jae-il, grew even more.
Does he know what he should do? Minho Kang has shown a fiercer side in his last two matches than before. On the 27th, against the Daegu Doosan Bears, Kang Min-ho recorded 2 hits, 1 walk and 1 point in 3 at-bats. In particular, both hits were doubles. He raised his batting average to 0.310, which had dropped to 0.294 the previous day, going 0-for-4.
Also, on the 28th, against Suwon KT Wiz, he swung a hard hit. He went 4-for-4 with 3 RBIs and 1 run as the designated hitter 4 times. He showed fierce slugging power with 2 doubles out of 4 hits. It was the first time Kang Min-ho had 4 hits since the KIA Tigers match on June 18 last year.메이저놀이터
In both games, Kang Min-ho scored 6 hits, and the team also won.
It’s still early in the season. It’s been less than a month since the season started. However, Kang Min-ho’s performance is always welcome. In the 2021 season, when Samsung achieved its dream of fall baseball in six years, Kang Min-ho made a big success with 0.291, 118 hits, 18 homers, 67 RBIs and 55 points. Reed, a pitcher with a sense of stability, was natural. If Kang Min-ho plays an active role in offense and defense, it is natural that Samsung’s chances of winning will increase.
This season, Kang Min-ho is showing a sense of stability, not only in offense but also in defense, without any mistakes, while Kang Min-ho is looking at a higher place with Samsung.