“It’s the age to take on new challenges.”

SSG Landers Kim Kang-min (41) was born in 1982 and is the oldest active player in the KBO League along with Choo Shin-soo of the same team and Oh Seung-hwan of the Samsung Lions.메이저사이트

Kim Kang-min has played in 15 games this season, recording 11 hits, 2 homers, 3 RBIs, 7 runs, a batting average of 0.367, and an OPS of 1.026. However, he was injured while defending against the KIA Tigers in Gwangju on May 11th. After coming down to the 2nd team and completing rehabilitation, he is raising his game sense by participating in Futures League matches.

Kim Kang-min met reporters after the 2023 KBO Futures League match against Samsung held at Ganghwa SSG Futures Field in Incheon on the 16th.

Regarding his current physical condition, Kim Kang-min said, “I am in good shape, but I got injured while defending. I haven’t played a lot of defense yet.” I also have muscle pain. Because of that problem, I set aside time to defend for a day, rest for a day, and repeat.”

Kim Kang-min played as the designated hitter in the game that day, but plans to play as a center fielder in the match on the 17th and play 5 innings. He said, “I am also at the age of taking on new challenges. I am challenging what will happen if I play center field defense at the age of 42.”

Kim Kang-min believes that he will play 5 innings without any problems in the first team. He said, “I think I need to digest about 5 innings in defense to be able to play normally. I think that’s the most important thing,” he said. It will take a little time to adapt to the first team by looking at how my body moves rather than the results.”

He added, “When defending, I seem to focus most on movement. There is no big problem with running. I think the most important thing is whether I can go on defense.”

SSG won a sweep against the KIA Tigers in Gwangju on the 6th and 8th, but later suffered a sweep loss against the NC Dinos in Changwon on the 9th and 11th. Returning to Incheon, he ended his losing streak by winning against KT Wiz on the 13th, but lost two games afterwards. In the end, it gave up first place to the LG Twins.

But Kim Kang-min believes in the players. don’t worry too much He said, “Apart from whether I am (in the first team) or not, a crisis is not strange at any time. I don’t care. I think I will get through it on my own. Still, they are players who have worn the championship ring at least once.”

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