Choo Shin-soo (41) of the SSG Landers expressed regret over Kim Kang-min (41) of the Hanwha Eagles, who is the same age, being transferred to the second draft. “I am heartbroken,” he said.
Choo Shin-soo held a press conference at SSG Landers Field in Incheon on the 3rd and talked about “retirement in advance.”헤라카지노
While explaining why he chose to extend his career, he brought up the name of his friend Kim Kang-min.
“After the end of the 2023 season, I had mixed thoughts on extending my playing career and retiring as an active player. However, Kim Kang-min unexpectedly went to the Hanwha Eagles (through the 2nd draft), and I thought that if the team loses two pillars, it would be shaken. I thought that there should be someone to catch him in times of difficulty,” Choo said.
Kim Kang-min, who joined the SK Wyverns as the 18th player in the second round of the second round in 2001, was a “one-club man” who wore the same uniform for 23 years until last year. However, the SSG excluded Kim from the 35-member protection list amid a generational shift, and the Hanwha Eagles, which wanted a veteran outfielder transfusion, named him as the last player.
Choo, who joined the KBO League in 2021, has adapted to the Korean stage with the help of Kim Kang-min. They have been relying on each other for three years, but they will face off as enemies starting this year in different uniforms. SSG fans, as much as Choo, have expressed strong opposition to the franchise star’s move and sent a flurry of condolences.
“I was disappointed, too. I understand how younger players and fans feel,” Choo said. “Kangmin (Kim) always won the championship, but it’s a shame that Kangmin is not here this year,” Choo said. “Kangmin was always next to me while I was at the SSG. I’ve never imagined Kangmin playing for another team.”
“Friend Kim Kang-min has left, but Team SSG is still the same.” “For the team, we have to get out of this atmosphere quickly,” he said. “We have to show our fans a better performance next season. We have to prepare harder, so I hope we can focus more on Landers in the 2024 season.” He also cheered for Kim Kang-min’s new start, saying, “I hope his friend does well so that he doesn’t regret taking Kangmin (from Hanwha).”
reporter Jeong Si-jong
He also expressed his gratitude to his fans. “Players play baseball, but it is meaningless if the audience does not visit them. Cheering for fans gives us great motivation,” he said. “I heard that the number of fans visiting Korea has increased a lot from my juniors. That’s why I prepared time and plans for my fans when I announced my retirement.”