KBO legends Park Yong-taik and Jeong Keun-woo will face off in the final of the MLB Home Run Derby X

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Park Yong-taik waves to the crowd during the FTX MLB Home Run Derby X at the Paradise City Hotel in Incheon on Saturday. [YONHAP]

KBO legends Park Yong-taik and Jeong Keun-woo are set to square off in the FTX MLB Home Run Derby X Seoul 2022 Finals on Saturday night after the Boston Red Sox and Los Angeles Dodgers won their preliminary rounds at the Paradise City Hotel in Incheon.

Park, the KBO’s all-time leader, represents the Red Sox at the Home Run Derby X, a new exhibition event that takes baseball outside the ballpark with a home run derby, live music performances live and lots of food and drink for a festival vibe.

Each team has four players: the legend, the superstar, the joker and the local hero. Park fills the spot as a local hero for the Red Sox, with former Red Sox star Jonny Gomes in the caption, softball player Jocelyn Alo as the superstar and freestyle football world champion Liv Cooke as the wild card. .

Jeong Keun-woo celebrates after hitting the winning home run during the preliminary round of the FTX MLB Home Run Derby X at the Paradise City Hotel in Incheon on Saturday. [YONHAP]

Jeong Keun-woo celebrates after hitting the winning home run during the preliminary round of the FTX MLB Home Run Derby X at the Paradise City Hotel in Incheon on Saturday. [YONHAP]

The hometown hero spot for the Dodgers is filled by Jeong, who played most of his career with the SK Wyverns, now the SSG Landers, and the Hanwha Eagles, before joining the LG Twins for the final season of his career. .

The Dodgers legend is Adrián González, with softball slugger Ashton Lansdell taking the superstar spot and Korean short-track speed skating Olympian Kwan Yoon-gy taking the wildcard spot.

Kim Tae-kyun swings for the fences during the FTX MLB Home Run Derby X at the Paradise City Hotel in Incheon on Saturday. [YONHAP]

Kim Tae-kyun swings for the fences during the FTX MLB Home Run Derby X at the Paradise City Hotel in Incheon on Saturday. [YONHAP]

Kwak Yoon-gy swings during the FTX MLB Home Run Derby X at the Paradise City Hotel in Incheon on Saturday. [NEWS1]

Kwak Yoon-gy swings during the FTX MLB Home Run Derby X at the Paradise City Hotel in Incheon on Saturday. [NEWS1]

The Red Sox reached the Finals after defeating the New York Yankees in their preliminary round. The Yankees are represented by former Yankees hitter Nick Swisher, Italian softball star and Olympian Erika Piancastelli, Mexican gymnast Daniel Corral and Hanwha Eagles legend Kim Tae-kyun, one of the most productive hitters in the league. history of KBO.

The Dodgers beat the Chicago Cubs in their preliminary round, toppling 2008 Rookie of the Year Geo Soto, American softball star Alex Hugo, esports star-turned-footballer Spencer Owen and the Lion King himself Lee Seung-yuop.

Lee Seung-yuop waits for a pitch during the FTX MLB Home Run Derby X at the Paradise City Hotel in Incheon on Saturday. [YONHAP]

Lee Seung-yuop waits for a pitch during the FTX MLB Home Run Derby X at the Paradise City Hotel in Incheon on Saturday. [YONHAP]

Samsung Lions legend Lee was the youngest professional player in the world to hit 300 career home runs, achieving the feat at just 26 years old, and was named KBO’s MVP five times. Lee still holds the KBO records for home runs, runs scored, RBIs, total bases, slugging percentage, and OPS.

The 2022 FTX MLB Home Run Derby X Finals kicks off at Paradise City Hotel at 5 p.m.

BY JIM BULLEY [jim.bulley@joongang.co.kr]

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