바카라“It was difficult to bat normally in the aftermath of the sand dunes against NC, so I was removed from the roster.”
Kiwoom Heroes veteran infielder Lee Won-seok (37) has been removed from the first team roster ahead of the team’s game against the Doosan Bears in Jamsil on September 9. Along with Lee, Kiwoom demoted pitcher Choi Won-tae to the second team and recalled starting pitcher Jung Chan-heon and outfielder Park Chan-hyuk.
Kiwoom manager Hong Won-ki said the reason was the aftermath of the sand dunes. Lee Won-seok was hit by a pitch thrown by pitcher Jeon Jae-min in the fourth inning against the Gocheok NC Dinos on April 4. Since then, he has struggled at the plate. He has gone hitless in six at-bats in his last three games, including the fourth.
Hong said, “It’s hard for Lee to bat normally after the dune bomb against NC. I thought it would be helpful for him to get better and prepare for the second half of the season, so I removed him from the roster.”
Lee Won-seok became the first non-free agent to sign a multi-year contract in the club’s history on March 28. Kiwoom gave him a 2+1 year contract with a total value of 1 billion won. If the option is fulfilled, the contract will be automatically extended by one year until 2026, with a salary of 400 million won in the first year and 300 million won per year thereafter.
Lee Won-seok had to play until next season to become eligible for free agency again, but the club believed in him and gave him a contract to play up to three years despite being a veteran.At the time of the contract, Kiwoom head coach Ko Hyung-wook said, “Lee Won-seok, who joined the team as a trade, has quickly integrated into the team and is serving as the centerpiece of the batting lineup. He is always sincere and leads by example, setting an example for the juniors. We appreciated his leadership and attitude in leading the younger players by acting as a reliable big brother. We hope that he will continue to inject positive energy in and out of the dugout.”
Lee would have been eager to repay the club for their continued recognition of his value by acquiring him in a trade in April and signing him to a multi-year contract just two months later. However, the unexpected injury that forced him to end the first half of the season earlier than his teammates must have weighed heavily on his mind. Kiwoom will finish the remaining four games of the first half without Lee Won-seok and will be back to full strength in the second half.
Meanwhile, Kiwoom’s starting lineup for the day is Song Sung-moon (third base), Kim Hye-sung (second base), Lee Jeong-hoo (center field), Kim Woong-bin (designated hitter), Lee Ji-young (catcher), Kim Su-hwan (first base), Park Joo-hong (left field), Kim Joo-hyung (shortstop), and Kim Ju-wan (right field). The starting pitcher is Chung Chan-heon.