“Please remove only number 4.” “You’re number four.”
There is something curious about the LG Twins’ starting lineup recently. Oh Ji-hwan is the fourth hitter. I was curious about who would fill the 4th position that Chae Eun-seong took last year this season, but Oh Ji-hwan is being given a chance.
When the WBC national team was missing, he played No. 4 in the Moonbo game, but Oh Ji-hwan has been playing No. 4 since the match against the Lotte Giants in Busan on the 18th. There was also a view that Kim Hyun-soo, who had been taking a break since coming from the WBC, would take the number 4 if he returned as a starter. Number 4 belonged to Oh Ji-hwan. It is the start of the 4th hitter in 6 consecutive games in the demonstration game.스포츠토토
In fact, the number 4 hitter is definitely an unfamiliar position for Oh Ji-hwan himself as well as his fans.
Since his debut, Oh Ji-hwan has only started in 3 games as the 4th hitter. On October 29, 2021, he started as the 4th batter for the first time against the Lotte Giants in Busan. Last year, he played as the 4th hitter twice in Jamsil Hanwha Eagles on June 22 and Jamsil SSG Landers on September 7.
LG coach Yeom Gyeong-yeop said, “Didn’t Ji-hwan hit more home runs than (Kim) Hyun-soo last year?”
Last year, Ji-hwan Oh mainly hit 25 home runs as the fifth hitter, ranking first in the team in home runs and third in home runs, and had a career high season, ranking second in the team with 87 RBIs. He also received his first Golden Glove in his career when he reached the 20 (home run)-20 (steal base) club for the first time in his career and only last season with 20 stolen bases.
Manager Yeom said, “I asked Ji-hwan to hit 4 times, and Ji-hwan asked me to take out 4 times. Ji-hwan said he likes 6 times, but I kept telling him to hit 4 times.
Manager Yeom said, “Ji-hwan can hit 2, 4, and 5” and the possibility of adjusting the batting order was also reflected depending on the situation.
A promising player who joined in 2009 became the best shortstop and became LG’s highest ransom player with 12.4 billion won for 6 years. And now it’s a situation where you can go out as the 4th hitter in the opening game. Oh Ji-hwan is gradually becoming a symbol of LG.