It is a talent that has never been seen as a Korean major league player. Bae Ji-hwan (24, Pittsburgh Pirates), who boasts quick feet in the top 3% of the major leagues, was recognized by the enemy general. Los Angeles Dodgers manager Dave Roberts (51), who recorded 243 stolen bases in the major leagues, also looked at Bae Ji-hwan and recalled his active career.
Bae Ji-hwan started as the 8th hitter and second baseman in the home game against the Los Angeles Dodgers on the 27th (Korean time), and played an active role with 3 hits, 1 RBI, 2 runs and 3 steals in 4 at-bats, leading Pittsburgh to an 8-1 victory. The three stolen bases is the most recorded by a Korean player in a single game. Choo Shin-soo had 9 double-steal games, but no 3-base steals. After stealing two bases the previous day (26th), he stole 5 bases over two days and took the Dodgers’ soul out.
With the score tied 0-0, Bae Ji-hwan, who came out as the lead batter in the 5th inning and opened the game with a heavy hit, secured a foothold in scoring position with a stolen second base. He also succeeded in stealing third base from second base after serving as an extra point link with a heavy hit even with one out and first base in the sixth inning. He didn’t stop there, and in the 8th inning, he went to base with an infield hit on third base, then stole second base with a double steal to complete the three-base game.
The enemy general who was beaten by Bae Ji-hwan also recognized him. According to Associated Press reporter John Peroto, after the game, Dodgers manager Roberts said, “Bae Ji-hwan is running amok, just like I did 20 years ago.”
Coach Roberts, who recorded 243 steals in his career in 10 seasons in the major leagues from 1999 to 2008, is from a ‘big sword’ with 40 stolen bases three times. In particular, during his time with the Boston Red Sox in 2004, he is also famous for stealing second base, the so-called ‘steal’, which became the stepping stone to victory in the ninth inning in the fourth game of the American League Championship Series (ALCS) against the New York Yankees. After this stolen base, Boston, which succeeded in a reversal, defeated the Yankees with a 4-game winning streak after 3-game losing streak, and went on to win the World Series.
Bae Ji-hwan’s main power is so great that director Roberts admits it. His numbers also illustrate this well. According to MLB Statcast, Bae Ji-hwan’s sprint speed is 29.4 feet (8.96 m) per second. He shines in 10th out of 345 overall athletes who sprinted 10 or more times for distance traveled per second in sprint. A speed that ranks in the top 3% of the major leagues. 안전놀이터
The average distance from home plate to first base is only 4.08 seconds. After Corbin Carroll (Arizona Diamondbacks, 4.06 seconds), he is showing off his explosive power by ranking second overall. Only 8 infield hits, including 2 bunt hits, accounted for half of the total hits (16). Even if you just roll a ball in the infield, the opponent’s defense can’t help but be nervous.
Bae Ji-hwan’s speed is more threatening in the ground because he accelerates. The distance between each base is 90 feet (27.43m), and Bae Ji-hwan ranks 8th (1.71 seconds) among all players up to 30 feet by section, but ranks 5th at 60 feet (2.78) and 2nd at 90 feet (3.77 seconds). It’s a faster style. Starting this year, the value of Bae Ji-hwan’s existence has also increased in an era where the value of stealing has increased due to the expansion of the base size (15 inches → 18 inches) and the limit on the number of checks (2 times).
Bae Ji-hwan, who surpassed 10 stolen bases in less than a month after opening with explosive speed, has only one stolen base and a success rate of 90.9%. Bae Ji-hwan, who ranks second in stolen bases in the National League after Ronald Acuña Jr. (Atlanta Braves, 13), surpassed Shin-soo Choo (SSG Landers) of stealing 22 bases in one season, the most by a Korean player in 2010 while at Cleveland. /email@example.com