Reports have emerged that Kim Ha-seong’s club, the San Diego Padres, are looking to sign outfielder Lee Jung-hoo of the Kiwoom Heroes, who is trying to make it to the major leagues through the posting system after this season ends.
Former Pittsburgh Pirates infielder Kang Jeong-ho emphasized that Lee should work hard on his English from now on to be successful in the big leagues.
US sports media outlet ‘Major League Trade Rumors’ quoted Dennis Lin, a reporter for The Athletic San Diego, as saying on the 11th (KST), “San Diego is considered a leading candidate to sign Lee Jung-hoo after the season ends. Lee has had a stellar seven-year career in the KBO and is only 25 years old.”
The outlet added, “San Diego has long been aggressive in signing overseas players. Kim Ha-seong is very close to Lee Jung-hoo. His arrival will have a positive impact on Lee, who played with him growing up.”
Kang Jeong-ho, who batted .297 with 46 home runs, 144 RBIs, 120 runs scored and eight stolen bases in 917 at-bats (233 hits) in 297 career big league games, told Lee that he should work hard on his English on his YouTube channel, King Kang.
He said, “Of all the players in the KBO right now, Lee Jung-hoo has the best chance of making it to the major leagues. If he has a strong will to challenge the major leagues, I would like him to study English hard from now on, so that he can get acquainted with the players quickly and adapt to the culture well.”
“If you don’t speak English well, you can’t get close to your teammates even if you want to. Even if you have an interpreter, it’s much better to get to know your teammates quickly through your own efforts than through an interpreter.”메이저사이트
He cited Bae Ji-hwan (Pittsburgh Pirates) as an example, emphasizing, “In the case of Bae Ji-hwan, I think he was able to get along with his teammates because he didn’t use an interpreter as much as possible from a young age and worked hard on his own (English). That’s very important.”