This is the first record since the beginning of the year.
KIA Tigers Choi Hyung-woo (39), born in 1983, challenges a meaningful record in the 2023 season. It is a high point of 1,500 RBIs that no one has conquered since the launch of professional baseball in 1982.
Choi Hyung-woo, who debuted in the first team as a member of the Samsung Lions in 2002, achieved a batting average of 0.312, 356 home runs, 1461 RBIs, 1160 runs scored, and a slugging percentage of 0.535 in 1944 personal career games until the 2022 season. As a byword for consistency, he showed off his special solver ability every season as the central hitter for Samsung and KIA.
Hyung-Woo Choi, who is a ‘waiting deception’, obtained the right to become a free agent (FA) for the first time in his life ahead of the 2017 season when he was 34 years old and signed a contract with KIA for a total of 10 billion won over 4 years. That year, he appeared in 142 games, batting average of 0.342, 26 home runs, 120 RBIs, and scoring 98 runs, giving KIA a unified championship. During his four-year free agent contract through 2020, he posted a high batting average of 300 or higher every season.
Choi Hyung-woo, who even won the oldest hitting king (0.354) in the 2020 season, signed a second free agent contract with KIA for 3 years and 4.7 billion won ahead of the 2021 season. 2023 is the final year of his second free agency contract. Although this season marks the age of 40, he challenges one goal with extraordinary determination.
Hyung-Woo Choi’s 1461 RBIs is the second-highest RBI record in KBO League history. Lee Dae-ho (1425 RBIs, 3rd), who retired at the end of this season, also fell short of Choi Hyeong-woo’s record. Among active players, it is by far the 1st, but the 2nd place is SSG Landers Choi Jeong (1367 RBIs, 5th overall), and the gap is still significant. 안전놀이터
Choi Hyung-woo has 1,500 RBIs left. It can be a meaningful record in many ways. The record for the first place in RBI is held by current Doosan Bears manager Lee Seung-yeop. Manager Lee retired after recording 1498 RBIs in 1906 games. If you add 37 RBIs, it is a tie, so it is a record that Choi Hyung-woo can exceed enough in the 2023 season.
If Choi Hyeong-woo achieves 1500 RBIs, he will occupy a height that no one has ever stepped on in the history of the KBO League. Since he was always greedy for RBIs rather than home runs as a center hitter, I am rather curious about how much higher he will raise his record after safely hitting the 1500 RBI mark in the new season.