Oh Ji-hwan walks the first path.
In a press release on the 19th, the LG Twins said, “Infielder Oh Ji-hwan (32) has agreed to the club’s first multi-year contract. The content of the contract is a total of 12.4 billion won (10 billion won in guarantee, 2.4 billion won in options) over the six-year contract period from 2024 to 2029.”
Beyond the LG Twins, he signed the highest contract among all shortstops. This is the part where you can see how far Oh Ji-hwan’s position is.
Oh Ji-hwan, who graduated from Gyeonggi High School and joined LG in 2009 as the first choice, participated in 1,624 games in the KBO 14 season, batting average of 0.265, 146 home runs, 1,466 hits, 745 RBIs, and 240 stolen bases.
In the 2022 season, he recorded a batting average of 0.269, 25 home runs, 133 hits, 87 RBIs, and 20 stolen bases in 142 games, and as a shortstop using Jamsil Baseball Stadium as his home stadium, he recorded 20 (home run) -20 (stealed base) and won his first Golden Glove.
He also led the LG Twins’ most wins (87 wins) in a single season as the team’s captain in the 2022 season.
LG said, “Oh Ji-hwan is a one-club man and the star of the LG Twins franchise. As a national team shortstop, he is a player who sets an example for players not only in records but also in lockers and dugouts. Through this multi-year contract, I look forward to focusing on the season in a more psychologically stable situation and making the best performance on the ground.”
Oh Ji-hwan proved himself to be the best shortstop in Korean professional baseball in name and reality through his contract that day.
He first beat his rivals in the ransom. He was rewarded for his sweat so far by receiving the highest amount ever.
The fact that there is no objection to the fact that Oh Ji-hwan received the highest amount is a sign of how far Oh Ji-hwan is currently standing in Korean professional baseball. 메이저놀이터
In fact, Oh Ji-hwan is evaluated as having the most outstanding defensive ability among active shortstops. Many experts say that he gives the infield a sense of stability by turning even difficult balls into ordinary ones.
Commentator A said, “Oh Ji-hwan’s defense can be said to be the best. More stability than glamor. If the shortstop handles difficult batting balls casually, the team atmosphere can be revived. He plays defense that gives the team a sense of stability as a whole. Oh Ji-hwan is such a defensive player. He doesn’t feel like he’s handling the ball hard because he’s good at batting and hitting the bounds. It can be said that Oh Ji-hwan’s share in LG is absolute, and I think that part has been recognized through this contract.”
This is Oh Ji-hwan, who was once treated as a nerd by the team. There was even talk of a change in his position. However, LG waited more patiently, and Oh Ji-hwan, who filled the years of resentment with sweat, became the highest-paid shortstop.
This is why both Oh Ji-hwan and LG are evaluated as having a win-win contract.