The Kia Tigers signed a free agent infielder Seo Geon-chang with an annual salary of 120 million won (120,000 U.S. dollars) last month. Seo had played for the LG Twins until the last season, but was released after the season. As he wanted to extend his career, he decided to go to Gwangju at Kia’s offer.월카지노주소
With Seo joining the team, Kia has strengthened its capacity as a second baseman. Veteran players Kim Sun-bin (35) and Seo are expected to generate synergy effect in their long-term races. Of course, there is one premise for this. This is Seo’s rebound in hitting accuracy.
Seo left a strong impression on baseball fans when he was a member of the Nexen Heroes. In particular, he played in 128 games and was named the MVP of the pennant race with a batting average of 0.370 (201 for 543), seven homers, 67 RBIs and 135 runs scored in the 2014 season.
However, Seo Geon-chang also failed to avoid the evil spirit of injury. He overcame a ruptured cruciate ligament in 2015 but saw his skills rapidly deteriorate due to a calf injury in 2018. During the 2021 season, he was eventually traded to LG and even changed his uniform.
After joining the LG Twins, Seo has continuously failed to display accuracy, which is his specialty. It is imperative for the 2024 season to increase his batting average, which had dropped to the early to mid-20s.
A good precedent to consider is the revival of Ko Jong-wook (35), who once played for the Heroes. Like Seo Geon-chang, Ko has played for the SK Wyverns (currently SSG Landers) since the Nexen Heroes and has been playing for KIA since the 2022 season. In the 2021 season when he was at SSG, his batting average remained in the mid-2020s (0.267), but after taking a new opportunity at KIA, he increased his batting average to the late-20s. In 114 games in the 2023 season, he recorded a batting average of 0.296 (80 hits in 270 times at bat).
Seo Geon-chang is very desperate because it is a difficult opportunity to grab. He needs to demonstrate his strengths again to take advantage of the current opportunity. Whether he will extend his active duty after the 2024 season also depends on whether he will rebound or not.