Since 2010, the KBO League shortstop Golden Glove has been Kiwoom’s version. Following Kang Jung-ho’s first honor of winning the award in 2010, he won it three years in a row from 2012 to 2014, just before entering the major leagues.
After Kang Jeong-ho left, Kim Jae-ho (Doosan) won the golden glove at shortstop in 2015 and 2016, and Kim Seon-bin (KIA) won the golden glove in 2017. However, Jung-ho Kang’s team successor, Ha-seong Kim (San Diego), dominated the field again. Ha-seong Kim left for the Major League after winning the Golden Glove Award in the shortstop category for three consecutive years from 2018 to 2020. In 2021, Kim Ha-seong’s successor, Kim Hye-seong (Kiwoom), was the winner.
The player who caused a crack in this structure last year was Oh Ji-hwan (33, LG). Oh Ji-hwan, who had been evaluated as the league’s leading shortstop, but had suffered defeat several times in the Golden Glove vote, announced his golden age by receiving overwhelming support. Oh Ji-hwan won the Golden Glove Award for shortstop last year, receiving 246 out of 313 votes.카지노
His performance was such that it would not be surprising even if he received more votes. Oh Ji-hwan played in 142 games last year and achieved outstanding offensive performance with a batting average of 0.269, 25 home runs, 87 RBI, 20 stolen bases, and OPS (on-base percentage + slugging percentage) of 0.827. His scoring production was nearly 40% better than league average. He also had the iconic title 20-20. Additionally, the defense had already been evaluated as the best in the league. As he is in his prime as a player, he is expected to have a long Golden Glove run.
Oh Ji-hwan’s performance this year is not that bad. He has a batting average of 0.273 and an OPS of 0.771 in 102 games. Although his performance is lower than last year, it must be taken into account that he is a shortstop. Here, the defense is acknowledged by everyone to be the best. The brand is solid. However, this year, the award cannot be guaranteed. Last year’s only competitor, Park Seong-han (SSG), is also chasing, but a strong competitor named Park Chan-ho (28, KIA) has emerged.
Park Chan-ho has been recognized for his defense and base running. He was evaluated as the most energetic shortstop in the league. However, on offense, production was below league average. This is because he is a player who does not have many extra-base hits, and his batting average is not that high. It was a decisive difference from Oh Ji-hwan. However, this year, by erasing his weaknesses in attack, he has reached a position where he can fight on equal footing with Oh Ji-hwan.
Chan-Ho Park has a batting average of 0.304, 3 home runs, 48 RBI, 29 stolen bases, and an OPS of 0.745 in 114 games this season. His scoring production has also risen above league average. Since Oh Ji-hwan was absent due to injury, there are aspects in which he is ahead in cumulative performance. The defense is also stable overall, except for a brief period in the middle of the season when it was greatly shaken.
The two players are also fighting fiercely in terms of win contribution compared to replacement (WAR). According to the statistics website ‘Statistics’, Chan-ho Park’s WAR as of the 11th is 3.54, slightly ahead of Oh Ji-hwan (3.33). He is steadily maintaining a gap with third place Park Seong-han (2.75). In ‘Sports2I’s WAR statistics, the order of 1st to 3rd place is maintained, with Park Chan-ho at 3.35, Oh Ji-hwan at 3.24, and Park Seong-han at 2.87. As Park Seong-han has to go to the Asian Games, it is absolutely disadvantageous for him to build up his cumulative performance. In the end, it is a fight between Park Chan-ho and Oh Ji-hwan.
If both players complete the season without any special injuries, a close match is expected at their current pace. In the end, it is highly likely that it will be a battle to see who will be more powerful during the remaining period. Those two players performed well side by side in the four-game series held in Gwangju from the 8th to the 10th (including a double header on the 9th). Chan-ho Park must have realized that the mountain called Oh Ji-hwan is still high. On the contrary, Oh Ji-hwan is also a ‘competitor’ for the award for two consecutive years, and it would have been confirmed that an ‘obstacle’ exists.
Oh Ji-hwan showed his reputation as a champion by recording a batting average of 0.400 (6 hits in 15 at-bats) and 5 RBIs in 4 games. His 4-game OPS was 0.975. Park Chan-ho was no slouch either. He played well in ball, field, and state with a batting average of 0.375 (6-for-16) and 2 stolen bases in 4 games. In the first game of the doubleheader on the 9th, he hit the winning shot against Go Woo-seok and led the team to victory. With the Golden Gloves landscape being revealed to some extent, the fight between the two players will continue fiercely until the end of the season, capturing the attention of fans.