Professional baseball SSG veteran Choo Shin-soo (41, photo) has been silent for nearly a month after the controversy over his remarks about the World Baseball Classic (WBC) national team.
Currently, Choo Shin-soo is participating in the team spring camp at the Jackie Robinson Training Complex in Vero Beach, Florida, USA. In the middle of last month, teammates Park Jong-hoon and Lee Heung-ryeon were summoned to their home in Texas, and after exercising together for about a week, they moved to the campsite and began to warm up in earnest.
However, news about Choo Shin-soo is rarely heard in the field. This is because Choo Shin-soo does not contact the media. Earlier, on the 21st of last month, Choo Shin-soo stood at the center of controversy with a remark made on a Korean radio broadcast in Dallas, USA. Kiwoom Ahn Woo-jin, who had a history of being disciplined for school violence, expressed his dissatisfaction with not being selected for the WBC national team, and said to the effect that the generational change of the national team had not been properly performed. He was criticized for making rash remarks while ignoring the context that the baseball world carefully selected the national team.
A number of reporters recently visited the camp site, giving us an opportunity to set things right. Choo Shin-soo hinted at the possibility of an interview, but he did not respond. In the meantime, baseball commentator Park Chan-ho received a related question on the 14th and said, “Isn’t it that the national team has changed generations? The times do not want An Woo-jin yet,” he said. The aftermath of Choo Shin-soo’s remarks continues everywhere, but the person concerned is not showing any movement.
It is impossible to be consistent with inaction forever. Ahead of the opening of the KBO League on April 1st, it should be pointed out. SSG will hold the first training session in Florida until February 26th, and the second training session with an evaluation match in Okinawa, Japan from February 28th to March 8th. From March 13 to 28, 14 exhibition games will be held and the opening ceremony will be held. 슬롯사이트
Choo Shin-soo renewed the contract for 1.7 billion won, a reduction of 1 billion won from last year’s annual salary of 2.7 billion won. This is the result considering the salary cap system that will be applied from this season. He appeared in 112 games last season, posting a batting average of .259 (106 hits in 409 at-bats), 16 homers, 58 RBIs, 15 stolen bases, and an OPS (on-base percentage + slugging percentage) of .812. After the 2021 season, most of them played as a designated hitter due to the influence of elbow ligament joint surgery.
This year, he plans to increase his playing time in the outfield. An SSG official said, “Currently, Shin-soo Choo is in good shape and is preparing well.” Hanyu Island and Choo Shin-soo, whose main positions are right fielders, will play the outfield defense in a 4:2 ratio.