The Korean media has reported with surprise the dedication to the team of Jose Pirella (32), former professional baseball assistant Hiroshima and plays for the Korean professional baseball Samsung Lions.
Korean sports media “Sports Seoul” (WEB version) published a feature article on Pirella on October 6, 2022. According to the article, Pirella recorded 108 RBI and 100 points from the 5th. He is the only player in the KBO league with 100 RBI and 100 points, and he is the best player in the league for 100 points. He is second in batting average, home run, RBI, on-base percentage, and slugging percentage.
Pirella (Photo: AP/Aflo)
“It’s a shame the team didn’t make it to the postseason.”
It was Pirella’s comments after Wednesday’s game that caught the attention of the media. Pirella, who scored 100 goals in today’s game and is also in contention for the title, told the media interview as follows.
“Achieving 100 RBIs and 100 runs doesn’t mean much. The title is the same. My goal was for the team to advance to the postseason and win the Korean Series. This is the best I’ve had in my career. happy with that, but I’m disappointed that the team didn’t make it to the postseason.”
And he revealed that he can play more satisfactorily in defense than in batting this season. Last season, he played mostly as a designated hitter due to leg pain, but has continued to play left this season, and has tripled the number of defensive innings compared to last season.
According to the media, Park Jin-man, the interim manager of the Samsung Lions, said, “Foreign hitters focus a lot on hitting. Some players try to make it easier on defense and running, but Pirella does that . No,” he said, “I’ve never seen a player like this before.
266 batting average, 11 homers, 34 RBI in the Hiroshima era
The article describes Pirella as a title contender in multiple batting departments, the best hitter on the team, and a passion for defense and base running. And above all, he pointed out that the team is prioritized over the individual, and he did not hide his surprise, saying, “Is there ever such a foreign player?”
Pirella played in the major league Yankees, Padres, etc. and joined Hiroshima in the 19th away. In his first year in Japan, he posted a .266 batting average, 11 home runs, 34 RBI, and 2 stolen bases, but left the team at the end of the 20th season. In 2001, he moved to the Samsung Lions of the KBO League.
In the 21st season, he participated in 140 games as the team’s main force, recording 158 hits, a batting average of .286, 29 home runs, 97 RBI, and an OPS of 0.854. This season, which is the second year, he has a batting record that greatly surpasses last season, and “Sports Soul” is talking about the possibility of MVP this season.