We’re already a quarter of the way there. The greatest two-hitter of all time… A possible batting title for the lowest batting average
The batting average of the top batsmen has been dropping. As of the 26th, the top hitter is Eredia of SSG Landers. He’s batting 3-for-2 (167 hits, 55 runs, 0.3293). Second is Moon Sung-joo of the LG Twins, who is 3-for-2 (152-for-50, 0.3289). In third place is LG’s Austin Dean with 6 RBI, fourth is KIA Tigers’ Choi Hyung-woo with 4 RBI, and fifth is Kiwoom Heroes’ Kim Hye-sung with 3 RBI.
The 4% batting average was broken early. LG’s Kim Hyun-soo was the last to hit .400 (34 for 85) on May 2. Since then, the batting average of the No. 1 hitter has continued to drop.
If Heredia finishes the season with his current batting average, it will rank third on the all-time list of lowest batting averages. The lowest batting average for a batting champion in history is 3.227 (112 hits in 342 at-bats) by Go Won-bu of the Binggrae Eagles in 1989, and the second lowest is 3.229 (100 hits in 304 at-bats – 0.3289) by Jang Hyo-jo of Samsung in 1986. These are the only two times in history that the No. 1 hitter has gone 3-for-2. The rest of the time, the batting average was 3.3 or better.
There have only been seven times in the 41 years leading up to last year that the No. 1 hitter did not hit over .340. Since the 2000s, it has only happened three times: LG’s Lee Byung-kyu in 2005 (0.337), Lotte’s Lee Dae-ho in 2006 (0.336), and KIA’s Lee Hyun-gon in 2007 (0.338). From 2007 through last year, there was a 15-year stretch where a player had a batting average of 3.34 or better.
Kiwoom’s Lee Jung-hoo won the title for the second year in a row with a 3.6 WAR in 2021 and 3.4 WAR last year.
The worry is that this season will be the lowest batting average ever.
It’s unlikely we’ll see many triples this season. As of the 26th, there are only 15 batters with a .300 average, from Heredia in first place to Ryu Ji-hyuk (KIA-0.300) in 15th place. Last year, there were 20 players with a triple-digit batting average by the end of May. And only 13 batters were over .300 on the final day of the season.
Overall batting averages are also low this season. As of June 26, the KBO’s batting average is 2.056. His batting average has dropped since 2019, when he started using less rebounding balls, but this is the lowest it’s been all season. 안전놀이터
In 2018, the batting average reached 2.8 pounds, dropped to 2.6 pounds in 2019, and slightly increased to 2.7 pounds in 2020, but it was 2.6 pounds for two consecutive years in 2021 and last year, and it is only 2.5 pounds this season.
This is the lowest rate since 2006 when it was 2.5 pence. In the 2000s, he has only batted in the double digits twice, in 2006 and 2012, when he batted in the double digits. It would be the first time in 11 years that he has hit in the double digits this season.
What will be the record of this year’s batting champion in a two-hit season, how many triple-hitters will there be, and how much will the overall batting average drop?