Geon-chang Seo Sets South Korean Professional Hits Record
Geon-chang Seo set a KBO record today with his 197th hit of the 2014 season, the most in KBO, breaking the league record set back in 2014.
If the KBO single season hits record was going to be set, this was the year to do it, as offense is pretty much out of control in KBO this season. Even so, Seo is having a terrific season this year, currently leading the KBO in hits, batting average (.372), doubles (39) and triples (17). He’s also 4th in the league in on-base percentage (.438) and 2nd in stolen bases (48 in 65 attempts).
The things for American fans to like most about Seo are the facts that he is only 24 years old this season and has already done his two years of military service. In other words, he’s young enough he could potentially play in MLB one day, although like most KBO players, the odds are better than he’ll move on to Japan’s NPB if his career continues to progress in line with this year’s performance.
Here’s video of Seo’s record-setting hit. For what it’s worth, his swing reminds me of Ichiro‘s. He’s probably more likely to be the next Norichika Aoki, but that’s still pretty good in the greater scheme of things.Baseball Abroad, Kansas City Royals, New York Yankees