Park Byung-ho, starting the 7th home run king “The hitting feeling is not bad, I will try to maintain it”￼
- on Apr 09, 2023
Park Byung-ho, the fourth hitter of the wizard corps, hit a magical home run this season, leading the team’s first consecutive win and a three-game winning series on the weekend.
Park Byeong-ho started as the 4th hitter and 1st baseman in the 2nd game of the season against the Lotte Giants in the 2023 Shinhan Bank SOL KBO League held at Sajik Baseball Stadium in Busan on the 8th and recorded 2 hits in 3 at-bats, 1 home run, 2 RBIs and 2 runs, KT Wiz’s 7 -3 led to victory.
Park Byung-ho’s bat turned vigorously from the first at-bat. At the beginning of the first inning, he hit a 1-run double against Lotte ace Dan Strayley in a 1st and 2nd base chance, giving KT a first run. His bold swing stood out in the three-ball no-strike.
Park Byeong-ho’s performance continued. KT came out as the lead batter in the top of the 3rd inning with a 3-1 lead and hit a solo home run to make the score 4-1. After the opening, he recorded his first home run of the season in 4 games, making a strong start toward becoming the home run king for the second year in a row.
After Park Byeong-ho was hit on the knee side by a ball thrown by Lotte pitcher Kim Sang-soo in the fourth at-bat in the top of the 7th inning, he was replaced to protect the player. He continued his good momentum at the beginning of the season with hits in 4 consecutive games and multi-hits in 3 consecutive games.
Park Byung-ho stepped on the 6th home run title in his personal career with 33 homers last year. He became the player with the most home run titles in KBO League history, beating Lee Seung-yeop, the national hitter and current Doosan Bears coach. The oldest home run king of all time was a bonus. This season, it showed a healthy appearance right after the opening, raising expectations for the creation of a new history.
After the game, Park Byeong-ho said,스포츠토토 “The current feeling of hitting is not bad. I tried not to miss the pitcher’s mistake, but the timing was also good.”
In addition, he expressed his pride in KT’s other line, saying, “Now, players who are showing a good feeling in front of me are lined up in the other line. It’s nice to be able to help each other when the team needs points.”
KT coach Lee Kang-cheol praised the performance of the two guns, saying, “With the home runs of Park Byeong-ho and Kang Baek-ho, we were able to secure a stable victory.”