‘Minimum salary + captain’ SSG Choo Shin-soo prepares for the last dance… “Retired with the trophy”

The eldest brother of SSG Landers, Choo Shin-soo (42), is sweating the last bead ahead of the final dance of the 2024 season.

Choo Shin-soo announced in mid-December last year that he would take off his uniform at the end of the 2024 season through the club.

“This decision was made after much thought. I wanted to play more baseball, but I also wanted to wrap up because I feared that other players would not be treated properly due to high annual salary (1.7 billion won in 2023).헤라카지노도메인

However, as the team faced internal troubles such as replacement of manager and general manager after the 2023 season, he thought that the team should change its mood. New manager Lee Soo-yong also contacted Choo in person and suggested that he take charge of the team’s captaincy, and eventually announced his retirement from the team ahead of time.

In addition, he has decided to receive the minimum salary of 30 million won (30,000 U.S. dollars) on his own considering the situation of the club’s salary cap. Since he has decided to donate all of these to places where he needs to, he has decided to spend one year without any pay.

It was difficult to decide whether to extend active duty but afterwards, he steadily prepared for the season. He worked out at Landers Field until last year and started exercising in earnest at his home in Texas early last month.

Just like last year, he invited junior teammates to stay with Park Jong-hoon (33), Ha Jae-hoon (34) and Park Dae-on (29) to improve their skills. He moved to Vero Beach, Florida, where SSG spring camp is held, on Jan. 30, and is working with all the team members.

Choo Shin-soo (center), who is giving training at the SSG spring camp in Florida, the U.S. (provided by the SSG club)

Choo has a dream of a happy ending at this year’s SSG. His goal is to win the Korean Series again. He has already achieved the goal he set when he entered the KBO by winning the title in 2022, but he is still greedy.

“People around us say that our team’s performance has weakened, but I don’t think so. If we weren’t sure about our win, we would have chosen to retire,” Choo said. “I think SSG can make it to at least the top three. It can play any role to win.”

As he wears more uniforms as a player, he is highly motivated for his performance.

From 2005 to 2020, Choo had a career-high 1,652 batting average of 0.2752 with 218 homers, 782 RBIs and 157 stolen bases in the Major League. “The path that Choo took is named as the first Asian man.”

However, he did not perform as well as his reputation in the SSG uniform in 2021.

With a batting average of 0.265 21 homers, 69 RBIs and 25 steals in 2021, a batting average of 0.259 with 16 homers, 58 RBIs and 15 steals in 2022, and a batting average of 0.254 with 12 homers, 41 RBIs and 6 steals in 2023, he failed to overcome the trend of time. He hurt his self-esteem a lot.

It is best to retire with better performance this year. If the performance does not come out as much as you want, I am also preparing to go to the second division.

“I want to correct the team’s performance and culture rather than personal records,” Choo Shin-soo said. “In order for this team to continue to be a strong team, I will pass on my know-how to my juniors and leave the ground.”

As it is the last season, I also want to give fans unforgettable memories.

Choo Shin-soo (center), who is giving training at the SSG spring camp in Florida, the U.S. (provided by the SSG club)

Choo Shin-soo is preparing for various events with the club, including a gift for a jersey with a handwritten signature, a special signing event, and support for amateur baseball.

Choo Shin-soo said, “I am well aware that the fans feel sad due to various situations. However, I need the support of the fans in order to move forward,” and stressed, “I will prepare well so that I can finish my last moment as a player with a championship.”

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