Kang Min-ho (37, Samsung Lions) has become the No. 1 offensive catcher in Korean professional baseball. Kang Min-ho started as the fourth batter and catcher in the home game against the KT Wiz at Samsung Lions Park in Daegu on the 22nd. In the bottom of the second inning, he hit the first pitch of 144km/h thrown by opposing pitcher Um Sang-baek and connected it to a solo home run over the left fence.
It was Kang Min-ho’s 12th home run of the season and his 315th career home run. As a result, it surpassed the 314 home runs recorded by LG Twins coach Park Kyung-wan when he was a player. The catcher position ranked first alone with the most home runs in his career.
Kang Min-ho, who entered the professional stage in 2004, succeeded his team senior Choi Ki-moon as the main catcher for the Lotte Giants. He also contributed to the national baseball team’s gold medal at the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics, growing into a catcher with a balance between balls and water.
Kang Min-ho joined the ‘big gun’ catcher ranks with 23 home runs in 2010. He also hit 19 home runs in the 2011 and 2012 seasons. In 2015, he recorded 35 home runs, ranking second in the category after coach Park Kyung-wan’s single-season catcher’s most home runs (40).
Kang Min-ho, who showed off his rusty skills at the age of entering his late 30s by hitting double-digit home runs for 14 consecutive seasons from the 2010 season to this season, once again showed his value by writing a new history.