Yang Xin has been erased. Overtaking the 2504-hit legend is just a matter of time, and now Son As-seop (35, NC) is fighting with himself.바카라사이트
With his second hit in the third inning against the Gochuk Kiwoom on the 5th, Son As-seop hit a single to centre field, giving him 2319 hits in his career, good enough for second place on the KBO’s all-time hits list. He surpassed MBC Sports Plus commentator Yang Jun-hyuk, who had 2318 hits. Only KBS N Sports commentator Park Yong-taek, who has 2504 hits, remains in front of Son.
Son hit exactly 100 hits in the first half of this season. A yearly average of 170 to 180 hits is not out of the question. The second season of his four-year, 6.4 billion won free agent contract with the NC. With 2329 career hits through the first half of the season, Son is on track to surpass Park Yong-taek as the KBO’s all-time leader in hits in the mid-to-late 2024 season by simple maths.
Therefore, Son’s goal is no longer just to surpass Park Yong-taek as the KBO’s all-time leader in hits. 3,000 hits for the first time in the KBO This is a feat that has never been achieved by a single player in the 41-year history of the KBO. However, it is possible for Son, who is a self-disciplined player, to achieve it.
Son will be eligible for free agency again in the 2025-2026 offseason. He’s guaranteed through his age-37 season, and at his current pace, he’s likely to finish this four-year deal at around 2,600-2,700 hits. The bottom line is that if he wants to challenge for 3000 hits, he’ll need to sign another free agent multi-year deal after this one. The terms may be slightly worse, but with enough guaranteed years, a 3000-hit season around age 40 is not impossible.
In the end, he’ll have to battle the eternal enemies of hitters: injuries and slumps. This season, A-Rod batted .294 in April, .318 in May, .375 in June, and .371 in July. But he didn’t get off to a great start in April. It’s a bit of a slow starter.
However, this is a season where he’s tweaked his hitting mechanics. Last year’s 0.277 batting average was unacceptable for Son. In January, he adjusted his launch angle by about 20 degrees at the Baseball Academy in Los Angeles, USA, run by Jung-ho Kang, and recreated his swing trajectory to cover more ground. After a bit of an adjustment period at the start of the season, he has come a long way, finishing the first half with a .331 batting average and fourth in the league.
He’s doing well now, but he’s going to struggle again as he tries to reach 3,000 hits. Even though he is second in the KBO in hits, hitting is like a living thing, and you can’t always have a good feel for it. Still, Son is known for his research and hard work, so I’m hopeful. He’s finally starting to show his worth in the NC. From now on, Son will only fight Son.