Kang Jin-seong, who was traded to SSG from Doosan on the 25th, joined the SSG squad just before the game on the 25th.
It was a busy day. He batted eighth in the lineup against the Goyang Heroes of the Futures League at Goyang Stadium, going 1-for-3 with a walk and an RBI.
After the game, he went to his room to say goodbye to the Doosan squad. He then traveled to SSG Landers Field in Incheon to join the SSG squad. He arrived around 6 p.m. and took a profile picture in his SSG uniform.
On the 25th, SSG agreed to a one-for-one trade with Doosan, acquiring Kang Jin-sung from Doosan and sending pitcher Kim Jung-woo.
SSG first requested the Kang-Jin-sung trade from Doosan to reinforce their right-handed bat. SSG manager Kim Won-hyung said before the game against 먹튀검증 LG on the 25th, “We need to have right-handed balance. Kang Jin-sung has punching power,” he said. SSG’s outfield is dominated by left-handed hitters, including Choo Shin-soo, Han Yoo-seom, and Choi Ji-hoon. The backups are right-handed hitters Kim Kang-min and Ha Jae-hoon. Foreign hitter Heredia is a right-handed hitter.
Kang Jin-sung was a member of the NC’s 2020 title-winning squad, batting .325. He moved to Doosan as compensation for free agent Park Geon-woo ahead of the 2022 season, but hasn’t really found a home there. He appeared in just three games for the first team this year (1-for-3).
-When did you find out about the trade?
I got the call on the bus ride back to my room after the Futures Goyang game today. I was stunned by the sudden news, so I went straight to my room to say hello to the Doosan team and came here.
-How did you feel about the trade?
I apologize to the fans for my disappointing performance at Doosan. However, since I came to SSG through a trade, I hope to help SSG achieve the top spot.
-What were your thoughts on SSG?
It was a team I wanted to go to at least once. From the other team’s point of view, I was envious of the infrastructure such as the locker room. I am honored to join the team.
-What did both teams say to you?
Coach Lee Seung-yeop told me that this is a great opportunity, so I should think of it as the last team and do well. Coach Kim Won-hyung also told me to make myself comfortable in the team. Today is the first day, so he advised us to familiarize ourselves with the dugout atmosphere and adapt well.
-What are your expectations?
I don’t know any players on SSG yet, but I know they have a good atmosphere, so I’ll try to fit in well. I’ll also try to be a contributing player so that I won’t be a hindrance for the team to continue to compete for the top spot.