I endured a 93% cut…
NC veteran third baseman Park Seok-min (38) prepared for the 2023 season with determination. The past two years were the worst time in baseball life due to penalty digestion and various residual injuries due to violation of the Corona 19 quarantine rules. In the meantime, the FA 2+1 year contract of 3.4 billion won was also terminated.
Park Seok-min wanted to extend his active duty. He signed a contract for only 50 million won, a 93% cut from last year’s annual salary of 700 million won. Now, if they no longer live up to their name, they are driven into retirement crisis. In January, he thoroughly built his body through personal training in the Philippines. When he departed for the Tucson spring camp in February, he drew a lot of attention for his tanned face and slimming appearance.
When covering NC’s Tucson spring camp, Park Seok-min sweated every day. It was impressive how much he focused on his defense training as much as his hitting. Manager Kang In-kwon announced that he would entrust Park Seok-min as the starting third baseman. In order to consistently utilize Park Seok-min’s long hits, third base defense is essential. The designated hitter had established a policy to mainly utilize outfielders.
He did not come out of the Tucson camp practice game and thoroughly improved his condition. In 12 exhibition games, he adjusted his batting average to 0.233, 2 homers, 4 RBIs, 4 runs, and an OPS of 0.781. And as soon as he opens, he steadily goes out as the main third baseman. He also appeared in four games as the designated hitter.
The grades aren’t very good. In 15 games, 11 hits in 44 at-bats, batting average 0.250, 1 home run, 6 RBIs, 5 runs, OPS 0.664, scoring batting average 0.267. Still, he has a long season, and he has a good chance of rebounding because he has prepared well. The defense can also play full-time stably if you arrange your physical strength as a designated hitter from time to time. If you hit a long hit in this environment, even NC can laugh. First of all, the long hit after the opening is a home run against Changwon KT on the 12th.
However, on the 19th, he injured his hamstring at the LG Games in Jamsil. In the top of the 4th inning, leading 5-2, LG starter Casey Kelly hit a 5-pitch slider with 1 company, 1st and 3rd base. He headed to the front of third base, and came away with a 5-4-3 double play. However, he fell and covered his right thigh with both hands while entering first base. It was clear that he had fallen and not intended to slide.
Eventually,메이저사이트 Park Seok-min was taken out on a stretcher. He undergoes an overhaul on the 20th. Circumstances do not appear to be minor injuries. Park Se-hyuk has already left the team with a head injury and foreign hitter Jason Martin with a side injury. At this point, Park Seok-min’s departure is fatal for NC.
The importance and value of one game is different than in any other season. Is there anything more upsetting for Park Seok-min than being sidelined due to an unexpected injury? Is the ordeal still not over for the 38-year-old third baseman? I met a variable too soon after the season opened. The season is long and time is long. Park Seok-min will have a chance to stand up.