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‘Hwang Jae-gyun remembered’ SF fan “Was Lee Jung-hoo also a sucker?”

The act of batters throwing their bats after they finish batting is known as a “bat flip” in Korea, where it’s commonly referred to as a “pata throw,” or “padaen” for short.

Bat flips are sometimes a big deal for baseball fans. For example, after hitting a home run, the spectacle of a player flipping his bat in a spectacular and spontaneous manner is a sight to behold. In the KBO league, Jeon Jun-woo (Lotte) made headlines in the United States when he performed a bat flip after hitting a home run, only to have the ball caught.

In the KBO league, bat flips are acceptable for batters. You won’t find any pitchers complaining about the so-called flipping of the bat after a hit, or even throwing an empty ball.

However, the Major Leagues are a little different. When batters perform bat flips, they often think they’re provoking the pitcher.

Scottsdale Stadium in Scottsdale, Arizona, home of the San Francisco Giants’ spring training. John Bobby Won, 42, an avid American fan of the San Francisco Giants, had a lot of interest in Lee Jung-hoo (26, San Francisco Giants).

“I read that Lee Jung-hoo is a superstar in Korea. I heard that he is not a home run hitter, but rather a contact hitter, is that correct?”

“There was a Korean player who used to play for San Francisco,” John said, and after searching on his phone, he showed me the name of Jae-gyun Hwang, who currently plays for KT Wiz. Hwang made his major league debut in the 2017 season after signing a split contract with San Francisco. “I remember he hit a home run in his major league debut,” says John. But after that, we didn’t see much of him.” As John remembers, Hwang hit a three-run home run to left field in the sixth inning of a June 29, 2017, game against the Colorado Rockies at Anbang, starting as the No. 5 hitter and third baseman. The home run made Hwang the first Korean player to hit a home run in his major league debut.

But there was one other thing John wanted to know about: Lee’s bat flip. “I don’t know if Lee does bat flips, and if he does, he might get hit by some stupid pitcher, but I like bat flips. The major leagues have become more tolerant of bat flips in recent years. Especially for younger players,” he said.

When asked about bat flips in the clubhouse, Lee said, “Oh, I don’t know about that,” and added, “It comes naturally to me, so I think I’ll have to hit some first, and then I’ll think about it after I hit.” “In Korea, I don’t usually do bat flips,” Lee said.

Meanwhile, Lee took live batting practice for the second time today. “That’s up to the manager to decide,” he said, adding, “I’m continuing to check my physical condition with the training part and the coaching staff. We’re talking to each other and I think we’re going to be fine.”



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