Is this the end?
KIA special shortstop Park Chan-ho (28) suffered another unusual injury. In the second game of the Suwon doubleheader against KT on the 4th, in the top of the 5th inning, trailing 2-3 and with no runners on base and one out, KT right-hander Lee Seon-woo’s 2nd pitch 148km hit his left arm. Examination results showed a comminuted fracture of the left ulna.온라인바카라
There are 10 games left until the end of the regular season. At this point, even a gap of 1-2 weeks is out of season. If the results do not change even after the cross-check on the 5th, there is a high possibility that Park Chan-ho’s season will end like this. In 130 games this season, he had 136 hits in 452 at-bats, a batting average of 0.301, 3 home runs, 52 RBIs, 73 runs, 30 stolen bases, an OPS of 0.734 and a batting average of 0.355.
Chan-Ho Park proudly declared his bid for the Golden Glove Award as a shortstop at the Arizona Spring Camp in February. As of last year, he has opened his eyes to hitting and decided that he has become a player who can confidently tell others about his goals. And this season, he became a top-class shortstop in the KBO League.
His defense lacked calmness compared to its flashiness in certain sections, but as the game progressed, the sense of stability doubled. According to the baseball statistics website Stats, WAA is 1.042, ranking 3rd in the entire league. In addition, he ranks 21st in the league and second among shortstops with WAR of 4.17.
It was in first place throughout the season, but then fell to second place. As of the 5th, the top shortstop WAR is Oh Ji-hwan (LG) with 4.25. In 119 games this year, Oh Ji-hwan had a batting average of 0.272, 8 home runs, 61 RBIs, 64 runs, an OPS of 0.777, and a scoring average of 0.300. His batting production has dropped slightly from last year, when he hit 25 home runs. However, when looking at the overall performance, it is difficult to say that it is inferior to previous years. His contribution to the team is still high.
If Park Chan-ho ends the season like this, the shortstop Golden Glove race is likely to enter chaos. Chan-Ho Park suffered a strained ligament in his left fourth finger on September 12th when he hit a ball in the third period against Samsung in Daegu and slid headfirst to first base. He was out for two weeks as a starter. In the meantime, Oh Ji-hwan started to catch up or lead in WAR numbers.
This is a season in which Park Chan-ho has been very active in offense, defense, and defense, but this is a situation that cannot be laughed at. It is still unknown whether KIA will advance to the postseason, and injuries have been particularly frequent this year. Since the Arizona camp, my wrist has been bad, so my hitting training has been less than usual.
Although he overcame the injury and proved his skills, it was a season where he was ultimately defeated by the injury. Although he is responsible for the finger ligament injury by sliding headfirst to first base, the forearm strike in the game on the 4th should be seen as Park Chan-ho’s complete bad luck.The 2023 season started with an injury and is in danger of ending with an injury. Still, when healthy, Park Chan-ho showed ample potential to become the best shortstop in the league and even a Golden Glove shortstop in both offense and defense.