Outfielder Lee Jung-hoo of Kiwoom Heroes was named the KBO MVP Thursday. He got an almost unanimous vote after leading the league in five categories. Thus, he became the first father-son pair to win the Korea Baseball Organization’s Most Valuable Player award.
The media cast 107 ballots, and the junior Lee received 104. According to online sports betting sources, An Woo-jin earned one vote. On the other hand, Lee Dae-ho received two votes. The Lotte Giants slugger will retire after the season.
Along with Ryu Hyun-jin and Seo Geon-chang, Lee Jung-hoo is the third player to have received both the Rookie of the Year and the MVP awards.
Lee Jung-hoo is also the first South Korean player to win the MVP award here in four years; the previous three winners were Ariel Miranda of Doosan Bears, Mel Rojas of KT Wiz, and Josh Lindblom of the Bears.
Last year, Lee finished second behind Miranda in the MVP poll, but this year, Lee easily won.
The 24-year-old Lee topped the league with 113 RBIs and won his second consecutive batting crown this season with a.349 average. He tied for seventh with 23 home runs, falling one category short of the hitting Triple Crown.
With a .421 on-base percentage and a.575 slugging percentage, Lee outperformed everyone in the other two triple-slash categories. Jose Pirela of the Samsung Lions lost to him by one for first place in hits, 193-192.
Lee became the first player in the KBO to finish first in at least five offensive categories in 12 years. In addition, Lee tied for sixth with 85 runs scored and tied for fifth with 66 walks. With 32 strikeouts, Lee had the fewest of the 52 eligible batters.
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