FA→Trade→Fracture of misfortune… How much longer do we have to wait for Hanwha?

“I need to stay a little longer”

I just started my comeback. However, it is expected that it will take a little more time to return to the first team stage.

Hanwha Eagles veteran outfielder Lee Myung-gi (36) exercised his first free agent rights in his life, leaving 23 RBIs and 5 stolen bases without a home run with a batting average of .260, on-base percentage of .331, and slugging percentage of .317 in 94 games last year when he was a NC Dinos player. Negotiations were sluggish, and in the end, he wore a Hanwha uniform in a sign-and-trade method. Hanwha acquired infielder Cho Hyun-jin and catcher Lee Jae-yong while handing over the 7th round pick for the 2024 KBO draft.

For Hanwha, whose batting average for the second hitter last year was .219, which was the lowest in the league, Lee Myung-gi’s joining was welcome. Lee Myeong-gi is a veteran hitter with 1099 hits in 1022 games. He has a career batting average of .306, on-base percentage of .367, and slugging percentage of .391 with 28 home runs, 323 RBIs and 108 stolen bases.

Lee Myung-gi joined Hanwha with a new mindset. Lee Myung-ki, who had 2 RBIs and 1 stolen base without a home run after playing in 3 games with the opening of this year, went out as a runner on 1st base in the top of the 5th inning and attempted to steal 2nd base in the match against SSG Landers held at home in Daejeon on April 7th. But I thought this would lead to an unexpected injury. Lee Myung-gi, who suffered a fracture in his right ankle while sliding, had to go on the operating table. At the time, Hanwha said, “I was diagnosed with 4-5 months to finish rehabilitation.”

Now, almost five months have passed, Lee Myung-gi is stretching his comeback. On the 25th, Lee Myung-gi, who announced his return to action in the Futures League match against Goyang Heroes (Kiwoom Heroes Futures Team), appeared in 3 games and marked a batting average of .250 (2 hits in 8 at-bats) and 2 RBIs.

When will Lee Myung-gi return to the first team stage? Hanwha coach Choi Won-ho is still making cautious gestures. “Lee Myeong-gi needs to stay a little longer,” said coach Choi Won-ho, who said, “Lee Myung-gi is going out as a designated hitter, but he is not in 100% condition right now.”

Hanwha is now mired in a seven-game losing streak. Above all, the stagnation of the team batting line is getting longer. Hanwha, which is at the bottom with a team batting average of .239, also has a team batting average of .229 in August, which is the last among 10 clubs. To the extent that they are envisioning a ‘defensive lineup’ in the future. Manager Choi Won-ho said, “Recently, the batting pace has fallen a lot.” “There is a way for the bench to intervene than in the past as a way to increase scoring power, but basically, you have to go on base to intervene. At present, the mound is stabilized a little more to concede points. We are thinking that lowering the rate is better with probability. We will operate in that direction.”스포츠토토

In this situation, if Lee Myeong-gi, who boasts a career batting average of 30%, joins the team as soon as possible, it will help Hanwha’s batting line. It is not yet known when Lee Myeong-gi will return to the first team, but he is announcing that his return is getting closer little by little through his recent appearance in the Futures League. Soon, the time will come when Hanwha’s trade numbers will shine.