June 11Home runs, RBIs, and runs batted in… ‘Legendary’ Lee Seung-yeop, the best monthly MVP, is in sight
Since making his debut in 2005, Choi Jeong (36-SSG Landers), formerly known as “Boy Jangsa,” has won four home run titles and is now the most experienced player on the team. But he’s not done yet. Choi is getting closer to the legendary Lee Seung-yeop.
Choi has been named the 2023 Shinhan Bank SOL KBO League Most Valuable Player (MVP) for the month of June. According to the Korea Baseball Organization (KBO) on Tuesday, Choi received 21 out of a total of 29 votes (72.4%) from journalists and 155,287 votes (38.8%) out of 402,000 fan votes for a total score of 55.62, earning him the monthly MVP honor for the first time in four years since June 2019.
11 home runs in June alone, leading the league in batting average and on-base percentage… Choi’s bat is hotter than it was four years ago
Choi’s style is to get stronger as the season progresses. Choi, who is now in his 19th season since making his debut in 2005, has typically shown off his firepower in June.
Last year, she hit .418, and when she won the MVP four years ago, she hit .447 with 10 home runs and 26 RBIs. In 2017, he hit .321 with 12 homers and 29 RBIs.
In the race for the lead, SSG topped the division in June with 34 team home runs. Choi alone was responsible for 11 of them. Choi also had a three-game homer streak last month, from June 22 against Doosan in Jamsil to June 24 against Samsung Electronics in Munhak, and he hit back-to-back home runs on June 1 and 23.
It wasn’t all about the home runs. With 27 RBI and a .787 slugging percentage, he was first in both categories, second in runs scored (23), fourth in on-base percentage (0.431), and in the top half of most hitting metrics, including a .360 batting average and a 1.218 OPS (on-base plus slugging percentage).
Choi is chasing his fourth home run title, and now Lee is within striking distance
Choi is getting older and more experienced, but his power hasn’t slowed down. After winning the home run title for the second consecutive year with 40 home runs in 2016 and 46 home runs in 2017, Choi became the title holder again in 2021 with 35 home runs.
This season, he will attempt to win his fourth career home run title. He is currently tied with Hanwha’s Noh Si-hwan for first place in the category with 19 homers, thanks to an 11-homer blast in June.
Furthermore, at his current pace, he is on pace to reach 40 home runs this season, as well as the KBO’s all-time record for most home runs (467) set by Doosan manager Lee Seung-yeop during his career. Choi currently has 448 career home runs.
With another prime season ahead of him, Choi has been selected as a Dream All-Star third baseman for the KBO’s Star-Studded Feast on April 15.
What’s more, if he finishes the season at his current pace, he could win his third consecutive Golden Glove and ninth overall.온라인바카라
For being named MVP in June, Choi will receive a cash prize of 2 million won, and a 2 million won donation will also be made in his name to Pyeongchon Middle School, his middle school, sponsored by Shinhan Bank.