Seo Geon-chang (34), the protagonist of the 200 hits, was eventually notified of the 2nd military service. LG coach Yeom Gyeong-yeop (55), the commanding tower, explained the background of the decision, saying, “I decided that it would be better to go to the 2nd team and play.”
The LG Twins made changes to the first team entry ahead of the match against Hanwha in Jamsil the previous day (19th). Seo Geon-chang, who had been sluggish in the meantime, was eliminated from the first team entry. Instead, infielder Song Chan-eui (24) was called up to the first team. Song Chan-eui played in 13 games in the first team this season, posting a batting average of 0.077, 1 RBI and 2 runs. In the Futures League, he batted . 316 with 1 RBI, 2 runs scored, 2 doubles, 4 walks and 4 strikeouts in 7 games.
Regarding Seo Kun-chang’s cancellation of the 1st team entry, manager Yeom Kyung-yeop explained, “I thought it would be better to play in the 2nd team.” Regarding Song Chan-eui, “Since I played in the 2nd team, now I can practice here and sometimes play as a pinch hitter. I think it can be seen as a level of gaining experience in the 1st team. must do,” he said.
Seo Kun-chang, who joined the LG Twins as a foster player in 2008, grew into a second baseman representing the KBO League in the early and mid-2010s. He solidified his position by winning the second baseman Golden Glove three times 먹튀검증(2012, 2014, 2016). In particular, in 2014, Nexen (currently Kiwoom) Heroes wrote a new history of the first 200 hits (201) in the KBO league, and the command tower with them at the time was coach Yeom Gyeong-yeop, who is currently holding the LG baton. Under the guidance of manager Yeom at the time, he marked a batting average of 0.370 in 2014, and also played a big role in the 2016 season with a batting average of 0.325 and 182 hits.
Afterwards, Seo Kun-chang left Kiwoom Heroes through a 1: 1 trade with pitcher Jeong Chan-heon in July 2021 and wore the LG Twins uniform. In the 2021 season, Seo Geon-chang played in all games (144 games) even while moving the team, and kept LG’s infield strong.
However, in the 2021 season, Seo Kun-chang did not perform as well as in previous years with a batting average of 0.253. Following this, he played in 77 games in the 2022 season as well, with a batting average of only 0.224.
LG Seo Geon-chang.
The sluggish performance also affected the exercise of FA (free agent) rights. After the end of the 2021 season, he obtained FA qualification, but chose to retake. At the time, when he moved to LG, his FA grade was upgraded from B grade to A grade, which had a decisive effect. However, in the 2022 season, with unsatisfactory results, he eventually gave up the right to apply for free agency again and decided to go for three free agents.
Director Yeom said, “I will use Seo Gun-chang and Kim Min-seong,” for the second baseman position after taking office as LG command tower, but the recent sluggishness eventually caught on. This season, Seo Kun-chang played in 31 games and recorded a batting average of 0.207 (18 hits in 87 at-bats), 12 RBIs, 14 points, 3 steals, 10 walks, 11 strikeouts, a slugging percentage of 0.310, an on-base percentage of 0.280, and an OPS (on-base percentage + slugging percentage) of 0.590. More than anything, it hurts to see that he is exposing his insecurity in defense. His 9 errors count. Tied for first place in league errors with NC Kim Joo-won. In the Daegu Samsung match on the 14th, Seo Kun-chang made two mistakes in the first inning and hung his head.
Afterwards, Seo Kun-chang did not participate in the match against KT Wiz at Jamsil Stadium from the 16th to the 18th, and only kept the bench. In place of Seo Geon-chang, Kim Min-seong started as the starting second baseman and is continuing his stable performance. Manager Yeom said, “For the time being, Min-Sung Kim will look at second base, but not just second base, but also look at third base. If Oh Ji-hwan needs a break, Min-Sung Kim can also play as a shortstop,” sending trust.
Of course, Seo Kun-chang is a must-have for LG’s presidential challenge. If Seo Geon-chang’s quick feet, precise hitting, and defense survive, LG can receive even greater strength. In the end, it is interpreted that the command tower was considerate of giving Seo Geon-chang time to reorganize at second base without overdoing it.