It’s been two months since the start of the season, and players have been slow to hit home runs.
The current leader in home runs is LG catcher Park Dong-won, who became the first player in the league to reach the 10-homer plateau on April 16 against KT.메이저놀이터
It’s still early in the season, but given that he’s a free agent, and the catcher position is especially demanding, it’s safe to say that his performance so far has been a perfect 100 for LG.
After Park Dong-won, Doosan Rojas has nine home runs, followed by SSG Choi Jung and Hanwha’s Noh Si-hwan with eight. No matter how you look at it, you can’t help but get the impression that the pace is slow.
Therefore, if the season continues as it is, it is calculated that the team will not break 30 home runs, which would be the first time in 16 years since 2006.
In 2006, Lotte’s Lee Dae-ho won the first ever home run title, hitting 26 home runs to win the batting title.
Since then, the KBO has seen an increase in the number of games played, as well as a tidal wave of home runs. Park Byung-ho hit 50 home runs twice in 2014 and 2015, and there have been eight 40-homer seasons.
However, the KBO switched balls last year, and this season’s strong pitching has kept home runs at bay.
Last year, the player with the most home runs through May was Park Byung-ho, who hit 16 before reaching the final 35 to win the home run title. Last season, there were five players with double-digit home runs, including Byung-ho Park.