The purpose of visiting the camp was very clear. Looking at their movements, I was able to notice this at once. I silently followed Lee Jung-hoo (25‧ Kiwoom).
Kiwoom, who is undergoing training in 2023 at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick in Scottsdale, Arizona, is welcoming foreign guests every day. They are major league scouts to see Lee Jung-hoo, who expressed his intention to challenge the major league through the posting system (private competitive bidding) after this season is over. For training on the 8th (Korean time), scouts from 4 to 5 major league clubs came to the stadium.
Lee Jeong-hoo started with San Francisco, followed by the Los Angeles Dodgers and Boston, followed by team scouts who were reluctant to reveal the team’s name. After Lee Jung-hoo warmed up, they moved to the field where the batting gauge was prepared, and they moved together. The purpose of coming to see Lee Jung-hoo was clear.
Scouts were chatting with each other when other players were batting, but when Lee Jung-hoo grabbed the bat, the atmosphere instantly calmed down. Some club scouts even recorded Lee Jung-hoo’s batting scene with a video camera.
An official from Kiwoom said, “San Francisco, Boston, and LA Dodgers came. There are other teams, but there were cases where the club name was not revealed. Since this facility is managed by the Arizona Diamondbacks, they apply for access there. If you don’t reveal your affiliation directly, we won’t know either,” he said. “The number of major league scouts is increasing.”
Coincidentally, the Dodgers, Boston, and San Francisco are all prestigious clubs representing the league. These are teams that have a big enough market, make a lot of money, and spend a lot of money on the market. Compared to the financial power they have, they do not spend that much this offseason and even have in common that they saved money for next year. The most basic principle that raises the ransom of players is the participation of rich teams and competition.
Lee Jung-hoo is already a player that major league clubs have enough data. Early on, he was selected as the most promising player in the KBO League, and many clubs watched with interest. During the novel coronavirus infection (Corona 19), the scouts’ on-site footsteps were cut off, but the video was able to be secured. It is known that some clubs meticulously checked Lee Jung-hoo’s leadership and personality in the clubhouse. 먹튀검증
Even if you don’t want to be conscious of it, it’s not easy to turn your gaze away in a situation where major league scouts continue to visit. Lee Jung-hoo also said, “I feel it little by little as the number of people increases.” The more I did, the more I was wary of overface. It’s because I know that the more I try to show something consciously, the more I can get in the way of preparing for the season.
Lee Jung-hoo said, “What is more important (more than now) may be how I play during games this season. Also, when looking at the big picture, I think there will actually be data about me to some extent,” he said. Kiwoom coach Hong Won-ki also laughed, saying, “I am a player who is thoroughly prepared,” and said, “It is my job to cheer hard from the side.”