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Different winters of ‘oldest people born in 1982’ Choo Shin-soo, Kim Kang-min, and Oh Seung-hwan


Choo Shin-soo announces retirement after 2024 season, Kim Kang-min transfers to Hanwha. Oh Seung-hwan is negotiating

Choo Shin-soo (SSG Landers), Kim Kang-min (Hanwha Eagles), and Oh Seung-hwan, who were born in 1982 and are the oldest players in the KBO League in the 2023 season, are spending different winters.

2024 will be the last year these three play together. While Kim Kang-min has continued to play in the KBO League, Oh Seung-hwan, who left for Japan in 2014, returned to Samsung in 2020 after playing in the American Major League (MLB), and Choo Shin-soo, who played 16 seasons in the big league, decided to go to SSG in 2021, making the three 3rd place. We toured the KBO League stage together for years.

All three played active roles representing Korea in their respective fields.

Choo Shin-soo, who went straight to the United States by signing with the Seattle Mariners in 2001, made his big league debut in 2005, and later played as a top MLB outfielder, playing for the Cleveland Indians (now the Cleveland Guardians), Cincinnati Reds, and Texas Rangers. After the 2013 season, he signed a seven-year, $130 million contract with Texas.

Seung-Hwan Oh is considered the best closing pitcher in KBO League history. It is difficult to discuss various save records in the KBO League without mentioning his name. In his last appearance in the regular season this year, against SSG on October 14, he reached 400 saves for the first time in KBO League history, and recorded 522 saves in Korea, the United States, and Japan.

Kim Kang-min was a mainstay of the SK dynasty. He played as the best center fielder in the league with a wide defensive range and high-level hitting ability. He also helped win the gold medal at the 2010 Guangzhou Asian Games.

Choo Shin-soo, Kim Kang-min, and Oh Seung-hwan, who showed off their skills without rusting even though they are over 40 years old through thorough self-management, are each spending different winters.

Shin-Soo Choo announced on the 14th of this month that he would retire after the 2024 season. He has finally decided that it is time to end his professional career, which began with a tear-soaked meal in the U.S. minor league.

Above all, Choo Shin-soo attracted attention by deciding to receive only 30 million won, the minimum annual salary of the KBO League. Choo Shin-soo, who received an annual salary of 2.7 billion won in 2022 and 1.7 billion won this year, voluntarily decided to reduce his salary to make a meaningful end, and also decided to donate the entire 30 million won. Thanks to Choo Shin-soo's decision, SSG has room in its salary cap.

Choo Shin-soo, who plans to hold various meetings with fans, saying he wants to make his retirement season a year of giving, will also wear the SSG team captain's armband for the 2024 season. In announcing his retirement, Choo Shin-soo also expressed his willingness to train with junior players in the Futures (second team) team at any time depending on his team's situation and pass on his experience and thoughts.

Kim Kang-min is experiencing an unfamiliar winter. He is preparing for the new season at Hanwha, not SSG, where he has played for 23 years.

The person who heated up the second draft held on the 22nd of last month was Kim Kang-min.

SSG was unable to tie the knot with Kim Kang-min, who was contemplating whether to extend his career or retire. SSG, which had compiled a list of 35 protected players for the second round of the draft, focusing on prospects, excluded Kim Kang-min. Hanwha called Kang-min Kim's name as the 22nd overall pick in the 4th round.

Hanwha's nomination of Kim Kang-min stirred public opinion, which even led to the resignation of former SSG general manager Kim Seong-yong.

Kim Kang-min, who must have been embarrassed by the unexpected transfer, decided to continue his active career at Hanwha, which wooed him by saying he was “a necessary player for the team.” 메이저사이트 백링크

Kim Kang-min is expected to play a role in passing on experience to Hanwha along with catcher Lee Jae-won, who has made a new home for Hanwha after requesting his own release while playing for SSG.

Oh Seung-hwan, who achieved 30 saves for three consecutive years despite going through ups and downs at the beginning of this season, became a free agent after the season.

It is difficult to imagine the transfer of Oh Seung-hwan, who is nothing short of a symbol of Samsung.

Seung-Hwan Oh and Samsung reached a consensus on ‘remain’ and entered into negotiations. Samsung, which has suffered from problems due to its bullpen, absolutely needs Oh Seung-hwan. Seung-Hwan Oh also expressed his will to remain at an awards ceremony earlier this month, saying, “If there were no Samsung, there would be no baseball player named Seung-Hwan Oh.”

It is taking some time for the two sides to come to an agreement on remaining due to differences of opinion on the terms of the contract. With only two days left in the year, some predict that it will not be easy for a contract to be concluded within the year.

Oh Seung-hwan, who has already achieved the milestone of 400 saves in his career, rewrites history with each of his saves. 카지노사이트

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