Park Hyung-joon, public affair for the Mayor of Busan, “Lee Dae-ho, a symbolic player … Expect to participate in the world tour”
Could we see Dae-ho Lee (40, Lotte Giants) retire after this season ends in mid-November, and further, until March next year?
Recently, Lee Dae-ho, who announced his retirement at the end of this season, was asked to participate in an event competition held after the Korean Series of the KBO League.
Lee Dae-ho will probably decide the time of his ‘last game’ to end his career according to his will.
Lee Dae-ho will play all the regular season games of the KBO League which ends on the 8th of next month.
Whether to participate in the postseason after that or not depends on the team’s performance.
If Lotte fails to get a fall baseball ticket because he doesn’t make the top 5, there is a possibility that Lee Dae-ho’s career as a player will end as it is.
Even if Lotte can’t play the postseason game, Lee Dae-ho’s retirement game could be postponed.
The 10 professional baseball teams and America’s MLB team will play a total of four friendly games starting on November 11 at Sajik Stadium in Busan and Gocheok Sky Dome in Seoul.
If Lee Dae-ho announces his intention to participate, the fight could become a platform for retirement.
In the midst of this, Busan Mayor Park Hyeong-jun officially asked Lee Dae-ho to participate in the world tour.
Korea Baseball Organization (KBO) President Huh Gu-yeon also said, “The KBO team will decide the list of players, but the KBO Technical Committee will decide Lee Dae-ho’s participation.
He continued, “Lee Dae-ho’s participation in the show carries many symbols,” he said.
Realistically, the possibility is slim, but the stage of the World Baseball Classic (WBC) held in March next year could be the last for Lee Dae-ho.
Up to the 19th, Lee Dae-ho ranks second in the KBO League in batting average (0.339), tied for eighth in home runs (20), and seventh in RBI (88 points).
In terms of skills, there is no problem at all to be selected for the national team.
If you declare your intention to participate, you can wear the Taegeuk mark once more and finish your career as a national team player.
Lee Kang-cheol, head coach of kt wiz, who leads the national team, recently said about Lee Dae-ho’s possibility of being selected for the WBC, “Lee Dae-ho is definitely a good player.
It won’t be easy for Lee Dae-ho, who has decided to retire.”
Lee Dae-ho has not nailed his current retirement period.