I even bought tickets myself and ‘intuitively’.
On the 16th, in the match between Doosan Bears and Kiwoom Heroes of the ‘2023 Shinhan Bank SOL KBO League’ held at Gocheok Sky Dome, a large number of major league scouts gathered. An official from the Kiwoom club said before the game, “Scouts from five major league clubs decided to visit Gocheok Dome.” In fact, at the Gocheok Dome that day, scouts from the New York Yankees, Boston Red Sox, San Francisco Giants, Pittsburgh Pirates, and Philadelphia Phillies were seated at the table behind the catcher.
The player the scouts showed the most interest in was definitely Kiwoom outfielder Lee Jeong-hoo (25). They used equipment such as tablet PCs and stopwatches to closely observe Lee Jung-hoo’s play.
Lee Jung-hoo played an active part while major league scouts watched. The team lost 1-4, but started as the first hitter in center field and recorded 3 hits and 1 run in 4 at-bats. It was a three-hit game to wash away the recent sluggishness. Although he was not conscious of the scout, he showed off a cool blow while many eyes were focused on him.
On this day, there was another ‘surprise guest’ at the Gocheok Dome in addition to the scouts from these five clubs. San Diego Padres scouts, to which Ha-seong Kim (28) belonged, watched the game. However, it was literally a surprise guest.
A total of three employees from San Diego who visited the Gocheok Dome on the 16th are known. However, unlike the scouts of the other 5 clubs, they took their seats at the ‘Royal Diamond Club’ behind the catchers at Gocheok Dome, not at regular table seats. I bought the tickets myself and literally had a surprise visit. An official from the Kiwoom club also said, “It is true that the San Diego scouting team directly obtained tickets and watched the game.”
An interesting point is the composition of the number of visitors. A domestic baseball player at the scene hinted, “A high-level figure in charge of the San Diego Scouts is now in Korea.” This high-ranking person is known as San Diego Pete De Jong Scouting Director and Vice President. Vice-President De Yong observed several players, including Lee Jung-hoo, along with San Diego’s Asian scouting team.메이저놀이터
Major League clubs’ interest in certain Kiwoom players, including Lee Jung-hoo, is manifesting in various forms. For this reason, it seems that for the time being, major league scouts will frequently visit Gocheok Dome. Scouts from the Yankees, Boston, and Kansas City Royals are scheduled to visit on the 18th as well. On this day, Kiwoom Ahn Woo-jin (24), who is considered the best pitcher in the KBO League, will start.
Among Kiwoom players, not only Lee Jeong-hoo and Ahn Woo-jin, but also infielder Kim Hye-seong (24) are receiving a lot of attention from major league clubs. For this reason, it is expected that major league scouts and dignitaries will continue to visit Gocheok Dome this season.