In 2023, Kim Ha-seong passed. Can Lee Seung-yeop surpass 2006?
The U.S. has one win left until the second straight World Baseball Classic (WBC) victory. On the 20th (hereafter Korean time), the team won 14-2 in the semifinals against Cuba held at Londippo Park in Miami, Florida, USA. The mound is missing super-class aces such as Jacob deGrom (Texas Rangers), Max Scherzer and Justin Verlander (above New York Mets), but the other lines look like a major league super-class all-star corps.
In particular, the player who stood out the most in the quarterfinals and semifinals was shortstop Trey Turner (Philadelphia Phillies). Turner, who signed an 11-year, $300 million (approximately 393.3 billion won) contract, hit a come-from-behind final grand slam in the top of the 8th inning against Venezuela on the 18th. In the semi-final against Cuba on the 19th, he pulled out a solo gun running away twice and a three run gun running away in the bottom of the 6th inning.
He recorded 3 home runs in the two most important tournaments, and with 4 home runs in this tournament, he surpassed Ha-seong Kim (Korea, San Diego Padres) and rose to the top of the home run rankings. With this, Turner’s home run title in this tournament is virtually certain. With one more game left, Kim Ha-seong has already finished his WBC schedule and returned to his team.
Japan and Mexico, who will play another semi-final on the 21st, have two homers, Shugo Maki (Japan, Yokohama DeNA Baystars) and Joey Meneses (Mexico, Washington Nationals). If one of them hits three or more homers in the semifinals and finals, Turner wins the home run king. 온라인바카라
Turner blocked Kim Ha-seong from becoming the home run king, but in fact, it was not easy for Ha-seong Kim, who was eliminated in the first round, to become the home run king. However, Turner will challenge a new WBC history in the finals on the 22nd. If he hits just one more home run, he will stand shoulder to shoulder with Doosan coach Lee Seung-yeop. If you hit two, you will set a new record for the most home runs in a single WBC tournament, surpassing coach Lee Seung-yeop.
Coach Lee Seung-yeop became the home run king with 5 home runs in the 2006 invitational tournament. Not only the number of home runs, but also the nutritional value was perfect, such as two-run four with superiority in the 8th inning against Japan in the 1st round and the solo inning with the superiority in the 1st inning against the United States in the 2nd round. Turner also had a perfect score in home runs in the quarterfinals and semifinals.
For reference, coach Lee Seung-yeop became the first home run king in the 2006 tournament, beating Adrain Beltre (Dominican Republic, 4 homers). The home run king of the 2009 tournament was also a Korean player. It was Kim Tae-gyun (KBS N commentator) and Choi Hee-seop (KIA coach) with three homers. The two shared the home run crown with five other players. In addition, the 2013 home run king was also Jose Abreu and Alfredo Despine (Cuba) with 3 homers. The home run king of the 2017 tournament was Vladimir Valentin (Netherlands) with 4 home runs.