Choo Shin-soo in 2010 is nothing. Bae Ji-hwan (Pittsburgh Pirates) runs toward Ichiro Suzuki in 2001.
Bae Ji-hwan started as the eighth second baseman in the 2023 Major League Baseball away game against the Milwaukee Brewers at American Family Field in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on the 17th (Korea Standard Time) and scored one steal with no hits in two at-bats. His season batting average is 0.269.
Bae Ji-hwan finally broke the 20th steal mark. He appeared as the leadoff hitter in the top of the sixth inning, trailing 1-4, and picked up a walk 스포츠토토 by Milwaukee right-hander Julio Teheran. Stole second base at Austin Hedges’ bat. It’s his first stolen base in six games since the New York Mets game on the 10th.
It is the second season in the history of Korean major leaguers with 20 steals. Choo Shin-soo opened the era of Korean major leaguers with 20 steals for the first time with 21 steals in 2009 when he was in Cleveland Guardians. In 2010, 22 steals is the record for the most steals in a season by a Korean major leaguer. Choo also stole 21 bases in 2012 and 20 bases in 2013 when he was with the Cincinnati Reds.
It is only a matter of time before Bae Ji-hwan achieves the most stolen bases in a season for Korean major leaguers beyond Choo Shin-soo’s 22nd stolen bases in 2010. Furthermore, it is likely that Korean major leaguers will step on 30 and 40 steals for the first time in a row. It is possible if you are healthy and not sick.
Attention is focusing on whether Bae Ji-hwan will surpass Ichiro Suzuki’s all-time Asian major league stealer in 2001. Ichiro was the American League’s stolen base king with 56 steals at the time. He has the highest record in Asian major leaguers history, which is impossible to reach with 509 steals in his career.
Bae Ji-hwan stole 20 bases in 63 games this season. Assuming that he plays in all of Pittsburgh’s remaining 94 games, it is calculated that he will add 29.8 steals. It is calculated that 49.8 steals and about 50 steals are possible. In other words, if you steal at the current pace, you will not be able to go beyond Ichiro in 2001.
Bae Ji-hwan’s stolen base pace has also slightly decreased compared to the beginning of the season. 2 steals in March, 9 steals in April, 4 steals in May, and 5 steals in June. Compared to May, the stolen base pace in May is faster. After all, the key to the future is health and physical strength. Major League Baseball clubs make extensive moves throughout the season. Players who do not manage their physical strength well do not survive. If physical strength is not managed, the batting balance will be shaken, and both the average and on-base percentage will fall.
Bae Ji-hwan’s success rate of stealing is still high. He played 26 times this season and failed six times. Along with Ronald Acuna Jr. (Atlanta Braves, 30 steals), who is the No. 1 player in the National League, he is the No. 1 player in the National League. Acuna ran 36 times and succeeded 30 times. Bae Ji-hwan is the second most-played stealer in the National League this season after Acuna.