I played only 38.8% of the season, but my salary jumped 4 times. However, the ‘big boy’ that spread a big umbrella across the lineup is no longer there.
This is the position faced by Jack Rex, a foreign hitter for the Lotte Giants. This year, he has to play a central role in the team’s hitting lineup.
The team gave him a solid salary for choosing the second year in the KBO league instead of the major leagues. He joined midway through the season and earned only $310,000 per year, but this year he signed a total of $1.3 million. 메이저사이트
His last season’s performance was a batting average of 3.3, 8 homers, 34 RBIs, and an OPS (on-base percentage + slugging percentage) of 0.905 in 56 games. An official from Lotte explained about Rex’s salary conditions, “Although the superficial performance was complied with, Rex aimed to return to the major leagues and actually received a love call.” His position is different from Strayley, who returned to Lotte after failing in his last challenge.
Even in his retirement season, Lee Dae-ho, who had a batting average of 3.3 1.23, 101 RBIs, and an OPS of 0.881, is no longer there. By reinforcing Yoo Kang-nam and Noh Jin-hyuk, the team power itself has improved significantly. In particular, the overall structure of the batting line and defense has improved. However, it is still not enough to fill the gap in offensive power that Lee Dae-ho is missing.
We need the explosive performance of Rex, who was particularly strong in the chance. The scoring position and batting average of .449 (22 hits in 58 at-bats) was the highest in the entire league during Rex’s career. Altoran’s figures of 4 homers and 29 RBIs are also outstanding. There is a reason Lee Dae-ho said at his retirement ceremony, “Thank you so much for giving Lotte fans so much emotion and joy.” Now all that remains is to prove it in the full season.
2023 is the last year of Larry Sutton’s contract. Even without emphasizing this, there is no command tower that would be happy to lose the presence of Lee Dae-ho. When asked about this during last season, coach Sutton said, “Which coach in the world wouldn’t want to catch a player who guarantees 20 homers and 100 RBIs?” The gaze of baseball officials looking at Lotte this year is also the same. ‘It’s time for Lotte to show something, but if Lee Dae-ho played one more year’, stories pour out.
However, Lee Dae-ho’s retirement is already a reality. We need the growth of Han Dong-hee and other promising players and the awakening of Rex.