Choi Ji-Man’s ‘home run→injury→home run→trade→injury’ bad luck… FA dreams grow darker
Choi Ji-man (32, San Diego Padres), who left due to injury, is slowly returning. He dreamed of taking a leap forward while moving the team, but he is crying over terrible bad luck.
Choi Ji-man started as the fourth designated hitter in a home game against the Albuquerque Isotops (under the Colorado Rockies) and was silent with no hits and one strikeout in five at-bats as a member of the triple-A team El Paso Chihuahas under San Diego on the 15th (Korea Standard Time).
Choi Ji-man, who has been playing rehabilitation games since his injury, has rarely been able to get a sense of batting average of 0.160 (4 hits in 25 at-bats) in seven games he played for El Paso this season.
There is a series of terrible misfortune follows. Choi Ji-man, who dreamed of a big league in the Seattle Mariners minor league team in 2010, first entered the Major League Baseball (MLB) with the Los Angeles Angels after going through the New York Yankees and Milwaukee Brewers before settling in the Tampa Bay Rays during 2018.먹튀검증
He wrote a career-high season with a batting average of 0.261 and 19 home runs in 2019, but he failed to overcome his weaknesses as a left-handed pitcher and his chances in a thorough platoon system were limited.
Choi Ji-man, who moved to Pittsburgh after finishing last season, worked with Bae Ji-hwan. Having been silent at the beginning of the season, he increased his chances by hitting consecutive home runs, but he took about two months off due to a left-footed Achilles tendon injury.
Since then, he has returned and hit a home run against Shohei Otani (LAA) with a batting average of 0.268 and an OPS (on-base percentage + slugging percentage) of 0.929 in July, but was suddenly traded to San Diego.
The new team is on the decline again. He picked up five walks, but failed to make a hit with no hits in 11 at-bats.
Then, he was caught in the injury again. Choi Ji-man, who was listed on the injured list due to a rib injury on the 15th of last month, bowed his head after being hit by a ball in a rehabilitation game on the 6th while preparing to return.
Fortunately, he has been playing steadily as if it were not a big problem, but he has rarely recovered his sense of hitting.
This is a very important season for Choi Ji-man. Choi Ji-man, who received 3.2 million dollars (4.2 billion won) in annual salary last year, signed 4.65 million dollars (6.1 billion won) after going through labor pains with Pittsburgh to the annual salary adjustment committee. However, this also fell short of the 5.4 million dollars (7.1 billion won) that Choi Ji-man wanted.
In order to win the free agent (FA) jackpot, he had to play this season in good health and perform better than before, but so far, it is difficult to make an optimistic outlook.
The San Diego Union Tribune, a local San Diego media outlet, said on the 14th, “Choi Ji-man has been steadily playing rehabilitation games in El Paso, but he has not played much. He has been listed as injured due to a rib injury and is continuing his rehabilitation due to fear of a right foot injury.”
San Diego ranked fourth in the NL West with 69 wins and 78 losses, and it is difficult to expect autumn baseball as it is far behind in the wild card competition. He has to show his value in the remaining 15 games, but the reality is that he cannot even guarantee his return to the big leagues right away.
Choi Ji-man (32, San Diego Padres), who left due to injury, is slowly returning. He dreamed of taking a leap forward while moving the team, but he is crying over terrible bad luck. Choi Ji-man started as the fourth designated hitter in a home game against the Albuquerque Isotops (under the Colorado Rockies) and was…