“Isn’t it good for Minsung?”
LG Twins manager Yeom Kyung-yeop congratulated his favorite player who left for his old team. Kim Min-sung, a veteran infielder with LG, transferred to Lotte Giants as a free agent on Wednesday through a sign-and-trade agreement. He signed an FA contract for a total of 900 million won (down payment of 200 million won, annual salary of 500 million won, option of 200 million won) for two plus one year, and has been confirmed to go to Lotte through a one-on-one trade with Kim Min-soo.
Coincidentally, the day Yeom leaves for Arizona, the U.S., the site of his spring camp. “Isn’t it a good thing for (Kim) Min-sung? I think Lotte will have more opportunities to play than here,” Yeom told reporters before his departure. “We need Min-sung, but it is a good thing for Min-sung because we have to raise young players such as Koo Bon-hyuk.”
I heard from Kim Min-sung since he started signing and trading. Manager Yeom said, “Minsung called and said, ‘I’m sorry. I think I have to go somewhere else.’ So you said that the best thing is important, and you called me yesterday to thank me,” and added, “But I’m glad that we met.”
Kim Min-sung transformed into a multi-infield player who can play all four infield positions last year and served as a “super backup” for LG’s infield. He was the main third baseman when he came to LG in 2019, but he gave way to Moon Bo-kyung in 2022 and started to add other positions one by one. Early in the season, he filled in when Oh Ji-hwan, the main shortstop, was sidelined due to a side injury, and Seo Geon-chang, the second baseman, went down due to sluggishness. Since then, he has served as a backup to first, third and second basemen until the end of the season. He has defended more than 100 innings in all infield positions including first baseman (105.2 innings), second baseman (280 innings), third baseman (135 innings), and shortstop (145 innings).
Kim Min-sung was the first player to defend more than 100 innings in all four infield positions in a season since 2001, when KBO officially unveiled its defensive innings. Thanks to Kim Min-sung, it was possible to manage the injuries and physical strength of the main players, and he became a wheat ball to win the championship for the first time in 29 years. 월카지노주소
During the regular season, he played in 112 games with a batting average of 249 (68 hits in 273 times at bat) with eight homers and 41 RBIs. He also played as a substitute in four games in the Korean Series, contributing to his team’s win. It was also his first win since debut for Kim Min-sung. “I heard that Minsung also helped him by playing various positions,” Yeom said with a satisfied look.