In this year’s KBO League, the competition for the RBI title is more interesting than ever. No matter who remains the final winner, a meaningful title will be won. Until the 15th, the Noh Si-hwan of the Hanwha Eagles, who posted 77 RBIs, maintained the first place in RBIs. Noh Si-hwan, who is leading the home run race by drawing 28 arches, aims to be the top runner-up in the home run category as well as RBI and slugging percentage (0.578).
After turning pro in 2019, he finally bursts into his potential and is making his best season. Previously, Roh Si-hwan’s most home runs in a season was 18 made in 2021, and this year has already surpassed it. He has already come close to his personal record of 84 RBIs in a single season, which he left the same year, by 7 points. Noh Si-hwan’s performance is also becoming a rain for professional baseball, which used to sigh at the absence of young giants. If Noh Si-hwan takes the top spot in RBI, he will become the first Hanwha-born RBI king after Jang Jong-hoon in 1992 with the Binggrae Eagles.
The only remaining variable for Noh Si-hwan, who is leading the title competition by wielding a strong blow every day, is the Hangzhou Asian Games, which will begin next month. Even while Noh Si-hwan, wearing the Taegeuk mark, digests the Asian Games, the KBO League continues without a break. Following Noh Si-hwan, 스포츠토토 LG Twins Austin Dean is marking the second place in RBI. Austin, with 73 RBIs, is four points behind Noh Si-hwan.
Austin is making LG, who has been suffering from the sluggishness of foreign batters for a long time, laugh. Austin, who quickly completed adaptation to the KBO league by recording a batting average of 0.351, 2 home runs and 20 RBIs in the first month of his opening season, is now competing for the title of the best in RBI. Austin’s RBI challenge is of great significance to LG. There has never been a player from LG who has ever ranked first in RBI. If Austin wins the RBI title, he can even give LG a new history.
In addition, after Roberto Petagini, who won the on-base king in 2009, he will remain the second title holder as a foreign hitter for LG. Considering Noh Si-hwan’s absence from the Asian Games, SSG Landers’ Choi Jeong, who is in 3rd place with 67 RBIs, also has a chance to counterattack. Choi Jeong, who has been the home run champion three times in his personal career, has never won the RBI title.
Choi Hyung-woo of the KIA Tigers, who is in 4th place in RBIs (61), is behind Noh Si-hwan, who ranks first in the division, by 16 points. However, KIA, which had a lot of rain cancellations this year, has 50 games left, the most among 10 teams. That means Choi Hyung-woo still has a chance. If Choi Hyung-woo, born in 1983 and 39 years old this year, succeeds in winning the first place in RBI, Lotte Giants coach Larry Sutton will easily replace the 35-year-old record for the oldest RBI in 2005.