Ji-Man Choi of the Rays is the first Korean position player to go to the World Series

The Rays are in the territory of Fall Classic for the second time in its history. This is thanks to a collective effort through the 60-party campaign in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic. Defense and pitching has led them to fight again for the Commissioner’s Trophy, which, if won, will leave the disgraceful list of six teams (of 30) without MLB titles.

The American League Championship Series struggled to raise the pennant after seven complete games. Having won the first three and losing three more in a row, the Rays earned the second league pennant at Tropicana Field. In addition to the offensive effort of Randy Arozarena, named MVP of the ALCS, the chanting Ji-Man Choi He also emerged as one of the key figures for the Rays in the Series and also in the qualifying phase, against the Yankees.

No other batter with more than 10 at-bats in ALCS had a better batting average than Choi (.385). His five hits in 17 boxing appearances, including a solo home run in Game 5 in the eighth inning that gave Tampa hope of sealing the series, ranked him as the most consistent wood for the Florida team in the previous leg. , in which, in addition, he added four walks, placing him as a runner in .529% of his at-bats, that is, for every two occasions in which Choi went to the plate, Cash organized his scheme with a runner in one of them .

This will also be the first edition of the Fall Classic in which a player of Korean origin, a position player, is within the line-up. Born in Incheon on May 19, 1991, near Seoul, capital of South Korea, Choi belonged to the representative national teams of his country of the category of 12 and 18 years. It was until April 5, 2016 that the player made his debut in the majors with the jersey of Los Angeles Angels ante Chicago Cubs.

From there, Choi has gone through the flannel of New York Yankees, Milwaukee Brewers to arrive, finally in the summer of 2018, in Tampa Bay, the only place where he has played more than 120 games in a single season.

South Koreans in the Fall Classic

According to Jeeho Yoo of KBOChoi is the first position player to reach the Fall Classic, but before him three pitchers have already appeared in World Series editions, all from this century.

The first of them, the right-handed pitcher Byung-Hyun Kim did it in 2001 with Arizona Diamondbacks, winning the championship against the Yankees in seven games. Chan Ho Park wore the Phillies’ flannel in 2009, losing the Classic to the Yankees in six games. The most recent of them is Hyun-Jin Ryu, now with Blue Jays, who appeared on the hill for the Dodgers one game (4.2 IP) against Boston in 2018.