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Home run, triple, double, single… Kang Seung-ho adds to the record books

In sports, the terms “record” and “record” have slightly different meanings.

A standby record, whose dictionary meaning is “a record that is very difficult to set,” is a cumulative record accumulated by playing at least one season.

For example, 20 wins in a season, 50 home runs, 2,000 hits in a career, etc. are called standby records.

The dictionary definition of a record is “something unusual, rare, or rarely seen”.

Examples include a no-hitter (pitching nine innings without allowing a hit or a run) or a hit for the cycle (hitting both a single and a home run in the same game).

A cycling hit is a rare and unusual record, as Kang Seung-ho (Doosan Bears) set the record on May 15 against the Gwangju KIA Tigers, making it the 30th in KBO history.

In particular, Kang Seung-ho was the first player in the KBO to achieve the record in the reverse order of the components of a cycling hit: home run, triple, double, and single.

It is a real record plus a real record.

The first player to complete a cycling hit in the KBO was Oh Dae-seok (Samsung Lions), who did it on June 12, 1982, against the Guduk Sammi Superstars in the first year of professional baseball.

Kim Eung-guk (Lotte Giants) is the seventh player in history to have a cycling hit, and he did it on April 14, 1996, against the Hanwha Eagles, in the still-unique sequence of single, double, triple, and home run.

Although it’s not an official baseball term, in the United States, Kim’s record is called a “natural cycle” and Kang’s is called a “reverse cycle”.

Even in Major League Baseball (MLB), which has 344 cycling hits in its history, natural and reverse cycles are rare, with only 15 and 10, respectively.

Among the MLB reverse cycle achievers is Luke Scott, who played for the SK Wyverns (now SSG Landers) in 2014.

With Kang Seung-ho’s cycling hit, Doosan is now the most prolific organization in history with six such hits.

The Samsung Lions are next with five, followed by the Hanwha Eagles, LG Twins, Kiwoom Heroes, Lotte Giants, and NC Dinos with three each.

SSG has never produced a record-breaker, including its predecessor club SK, which was founded in 2000.

However, SSG outfielder Choo Shin-soo became the only Korean to achieve a cycling hit on July 22, 2015, against the Colorado Rockies while playing for the MLB Texas Rangers.

Yang Jun-hyuk (Samsung) and Eric Theismann (NC) have each hit the elusive cycling hit twice.

Themes did it on April 9, 2015, against KIA in Gwangju and again on August 11, 2015, against Mokdong Nexen (now Kiwoom), making him the only player to achieve the feat twice in a single season. 파워볼


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