‘Successor’ Kim Min-seok’s growth, Lee Jung-hoo’s heartwarming “I knew it would work out”￼
- on Jul 16, 2023
“I thought it would work out.”
Min-seok Kim, who wore the uniform of the Lotte Giants with the 3rd overall pick in the 1st round of the 2023 rookie draft, became the team’s vitality from his debut season and took the place of the main center fielder. His performance this season is 0.260 batting average, 2 homers, 24 RBIs in 70 games, OPS (on-base percentage + slugging percentage) 0.656.
Kim Min-seok, who combines his skills and popularity, walked the stage of the “Dream Stage” 2023 KBO All-Star Game held at Sajik Stadium on the 15th. Kim Min-seok was the only newcomer to join in 2023 selected as the All-Star Best 12, and it is the fourth time that a high school graduate new player has been named in the Best 12.
Kim Min-seok is called ‘the second Lee Jung-hoo’ and ‘Lee Jung-hoo’s successor’ and is emerging as a next-generation star following the league’s best player. Lee Jung-hoo, who will knock on the door of the major leagues after this season is over, is highly unlikely to be seen in the KBO for the next several years.
Lee Jeong-hoo is from the same Whimoon High School as Kim Min-seok and is 6 years his senior. Lee Jung-hoo said with a smile, “(Kim Min-seok) went to a good school. Isn’t Whimoon High School the most prestigious school in Gangnam District 8? It’s not easy to go to school in Daechi-dong.”
Even during Whimoon High School, Kim Min-seok’s talent was extraordinary. Lee Jeong-hoo, who recalled high school student Kim Min-seok, said, “When I went to practice at school, the coach told me that (Kim) Min-seok was good.”안전놀이터
Kim Min-seok received unforgettable advice from Lee Jung-hoo. Kim Min-seok brought warmth by saying, “(Lee) Jung-hoo came first and gave me advice and support. Jung-hoo always said, ‘You will do better than me.'”
Lee Jung-hoo and Kim Min-seok met as enemies in the All-Star game. Lee Jeong-hoo scored 2 points with 1 hit and 1 walk in 2 at-bats, and Min-seok Kim scored 1 point with 1 hit and 1 walk in 3 at-bats. Kim Min-seok, who showed off his dancing skills at the All-Star Game, was also honored with the Best Performance Award.