Joining the opening entry confirmed! Bae Ji-hwan’s demonstration game ‘final batting average 0.234’… Ji-man Choi, 1 hit, 1 RBI

Bae Ji-hwan’s roster for the opening match has been confirmed.

On the 29th (Korean time), Bae Ji-hwan played as a major defense in the 6th inning of the 2023 MLB exhibition game against the Minnesota Twins held at McKetchney Field in Bradenton, Florida, USA, and recorded no hits in 2 at-bats.

In the bottom of the 6th inning, with no runners out, he threw a hit, but unfortunately got caught in the first baseman’s glove and was out.

On this day, he did not produce a hit, but he confirmed his dream opening match. 메이저놀이터, a local US media outlet, announced that “utility man Bae Ji-hwan was included in the Pittsburgh Pirates’ 2023 season opening roster.”

This is the first time Bae Ji-hwan has been named on the 26-man opening roster.

In particular, the media commented on Bae Ji-hwan, “He had a stable defense and quick feet. He also recorded 4 steals, the most in the team, in this demonstration game.”

Here, the Pittsburgh local media Post-Gazette said, “Bae Ji-hwan recorded 6 hits in 18 at-bats (batting average of 0.333) in 6 recent demonstration games. It will be a great backup resource.”

On this day, another Pittsburgh Korean big leaguer, Choi Ji-man, also appeared in great defense in the 5th inning, going 2 at bats with 1 hit and 1 RBI.

At the end of the 6th inning, Choi Ji-man, who had his first at-bat at second base, hit the right hand at the right time. However, at the plate at the bottom of the 8th inning, he withdrew with a ground ball to first base.

Choi Ji-man’s final performance in the demonstration game was a batting average of 0.278 with 1 home run and 7 RBIs.

Meanwhile, Pittsburgh lost 5-7 to Minnesota.