DH makes me dance for ‘Expensive Foreigners’… Now it’s ’30 million won per year’ Choo Cha-soo, ‘For the legendary finale’

He announced his retirement and played in only 20 of the 61 matches his team played in this season. “I still have a lot to show, so I looked forward to it even more.” Finally, Choo Shin-soo (42) of the SSG Landers will make a comeback.핑크알바

SSG coach Lee Soo-yong met with reporters ahead of the 2024 Shinhan SOL Bank KBO League home game against the Samsung Lions at SSG Landers Field in Incheon on the 6th and said, “Choo Shin-soo will be registered with Jin-yong tomorrow.”

Choo Shin-soo, who was diagnosed with rotator cuff injury in his right shoulder after the game against the NC Dinos on the 4th of last month, returned after about a month.

With this victory, the SSG has had two consecutive wins, 29 losses, one draw and ranked fifth. Despite this, the team still ranks seventh in score (306) and eighth in on-base percentage (0.343). This is why we have no choice but to wait for Choo.

Choo only had a batting average of 0.228 in 20 games this season. He also had only one home run. After returning to the KBO League in 2021, he also posted a batting average of 0.258, falling short of expectations.

As his nickname is “on-base train,” however, his on-base percentage reached 0.391. He also scored 226 points over the past three seasons, an average of 72 points during this season. His on-base percentage (on-base percentage – batting average) reached 0.154 again this season. Choo has successfully gotten many on-base hits based on his outstanding pitching ability.

Choo, who played at the Futures League match against Samsung up to the day, had no hit in two times at bat and one RBI. Although it is hard to say that he has fully recovered from his batting performance by posting one hit in six times at bat in the three games after his return to the mound, Coach Lee Sung-yong trusted Choo’s record.

“I kept practicing with live batting from the previous game. If you play three games (in the Futures League) up to today, you will be able to boost your sense of play if you are not sick,” Lee said.

After graduating from Busan High School and going straight to the Major League Baseball (MLB), Choo was called up to the big leagues in 2005 after ending his long and minor league career, recording a batting average of 0.275 in 1,652 games, 218 homers, 782 RBIs, 961 runs and 157 steals, a on-base percentage of 0.377, a slugging percentage of 0.447 and an OPS (on-base plus slugging percentage) of 0.824.

Choo Shin-soo, who returned to Korea in 2021, led his team to win the Korean Series in 2022 and has an average OPS of 0.813 due to active on-base and scoring, although he performed somewhat disappointing performance contrary to expectations that he would play as the best hitter. Compared to his MLB days, he has a low batting average, but he is doing his part by banking on his on-base percentage and first-base hit.

He announced his retirement and entered the new season. He signed a contract with the minimum salary of 30 million won (27,400 U.S. dollars) and expressed his intention to donate his entire salary. This is how he wants to end his career.

Choo Shin-soo, who decided to retire at the time, said, “I think the time has come to end the 23 years of baseball in the U.S. and Korea since 2001. As it is the last season, I want to present meaningful memories regardless of home or away fans with gratitude to the fans who have supported me so far.”

What is needed to achieve successful conclusion is to elevate both individual and team performance to the highest level. Coach Lee Sung-yong, who has the same intention, said on how to utilize Choo in the future.

“I’m not going to let them play defense. I’m going to focus on the nomination,” he said, expressing his intention to field Han Yu-seom, but Choo plans to save his physical strength, minimize injuries, and allow him to focus on hitting. Furthermore, his plan is to allow him to play as many games as possible.

Guillermo Heredia also likes to serve as designated hitter to prepare for physical stamina. Manager Lee Soo-yong, who was looking at Herredia who was heading to the locker room with a brighter expression while shouting “Nice, nice” to his teammates, said, “Herredia goes crazy when she comes out as a designated hitter. But she is also good at DH,” adding that some players find it difficult to maintain her physical condition.

He soon called out Heredia. When asked, “Do you like the designated hitter?” to Heredia, who bowed his head 90 degrees in Korean, Heredia gave a thumbs-up and gave an answer. Heredia performed very well on the day with two hits and two RBIs, including a finishing hit, in the bottom of the first inning.

Despite this, Lee was adamant about his position as the designated hitter. “Since we have a rookie to join us and use all three consecutive games on the weekend, we are sending out Heredia as the designated hitter,” Lee said. “I will use her as the starting pitcher as soon as she is available.”

Of course, Han Yu-seom and Heredia will also have a chance to deploy their physical strength as designated hitters. “It will not be easy for Shin to continue playing full-time,” Lee said. “I have physical problems. I will let (Choi) Jeong go (to the designated hitters) once in a while while taking them out from time to time, and Yu-seom also plays defense, but depending on the situation, I have to make small (physical) saves.”

The team plans to give Choo a break if other players take the mound as designated hitters, but the team also plans to use him as a substitute in the latter half of the season. The team intends to make the most of Choo in the final season.

Choi Jung and Eredia are showing off their hot hitting sense. If Choo Shin-soo, who boasts high on-base ability, sets the table in front of him, SSG’s offense could double.

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