NC 93% reduction man, all laughing and sweating… Full-time third baseman ‘strong will to revive’
He looked like he was completely devoid of laughter.
On the 9th (hereinafter Korean time), Annex Field in Reed Park, Tucson, Arizona, USA. NC’s spring camp is in full swing. On this day, the infielders intensively digested defensive training in the morning. As expected, it was veteran third baseman Park Seok-min who caught the attention of the reporters.
Park Seok-min drew attention as his salary was cut by a whopping 93% this season. He received 700 million won for the 2022 season, but a whopping 650 million won disappeared this season. He signs a contract for only 50 million won and prepares for the 2023 season. At one time, he was a high-paid person who received 9.6 billion won for 4 years in NC, but now it is a ransom that is no different from unknowns for 2-3 years.
For Park Seok-min, it hurt his pride. He completed a 2 + 1 year 3.4 billion free agent contract, but he did not retire as it was and accepted a 50 million won contract. He has a strong will to somehow resurrect and recover even a little bit of pride before stepping down.
Violation of Corona 2021 sulpan wave and quarantine rule that hit 2021 years. As his instigator, Park Seok-min had to receive criticism from fans in particular. In his last two years, he has appeared in just 75 games due to penalties and glass injuries. In particular, last year, in 16 games, he had a batting average of 0.149, no home runs, 2 RBIs, 3 runs, and 스포츠토토an OPS of 0.489.
Manager Kang In-kwon plans to entrust Park Seok-min as the starting third baseman this season. There is also a Plan B such as Seo Ho-cheol and Do Tae-hoon. Nevertheless, the reason Park Seok-min is trying to give Park Seok-min a chance to revive is because the use of Park Seok-min is a realistic alternative that can be supplemented in a situation where the team’s long hitting power has declined due to the resignation of Yang Eui-ji (Doosan). Seo Ho-cheol and Do Tae-hun are also cards that have not been verified to digest full-time third baseman.
Another is that director Kang In-kwon highly appreciates Park Seok-min’s extraordinary will to come back, and it should be seen as his intention to give him one last chance. Director Kang does not directly comment on this part. However, in the industry, it is believed that director Kang embraced the veteran without abandoning it and even considered the team chemistry
Park Seok-min is 38 years old. It is difficult to expect the same athletic ability as before. Park Seok-min in his prime is capable of hitting 20 to 25 homers, but it is unknown what kind of performance he will achieve this year. More important than that is defense. Park Seok-min in his heyday was quite agile compared to his physique. He was also quite good at third base. Once the defense is unstable, he has a hard time giving a hitting opportunity even if he wants to. Coach Kang has no intention of using Park Seok-min as a designated hitter. This is because the outfielders have to take turns taking the designated hitter.
In the end, Park Seok-min needs time to be verified on defense even if he supports him to some extent. So, defensive training is very important in this spring camp. On this day, Park Seok-min threw a bad throw at the home a few times after receiving a fungo, but he always had a serious expression without a smile. Director Kang also silently watched Park Seok-min from a distance.
It’s the beginning of spring camp. At this point, it doesn’t mean much to make a few mistakes during defensive training. This is because Park Seok-min is also in the process of raising his condition. However, insiders say that Park Seok-min prepared well. Park Seok-min is rumored to have thoroughly digested personal training in the Philippines before joining his spring camp. When we met him at the departure hall of Incheon Airport, he seemed to have lost weight. One of the points of NC’s spring camp is Park Seok-min’s move.