Kim Min-sung (36), who gained a lot of popularity in the early days of his professional debut, will wear Lotte’s uniform again as a veteran.
Lotte acquired Kim Min-sung in a sign-and-trade deal with LG on Wednesday. Having become an FA after the end of last season, Kim has had difficulties in negotiating with LG, and eventually decided on his career path this season by signing a contract with his original team first and then being traded to Lotte.
Kim Min-sung, who was selected in the second round (13th overall) of the rookie draft in 2007, gradually increased his chances to play in the first division and gained attention as a center line infielder (quicker, second baseman) who can hit mid-20 percent. Adding to this, he has become a top prospect who will lead Lotte with unlimited love from his fans.
However, Lotte and Kim Min-sung’s companionship did not last long. In July 2010, when the season was in full swing, he was traded to Nexen Heroes (currently Kiwoom) for Kim Soo-hwa. In return, he received cash benefits from Hwang Jae-gyun.
Kim Min-sung, who has emerged as a clear starting infielder after moving to the Heroes, joined the Incheon Asian Games national team in 2014 and handled his military service neatly, and the following year, in 2015, he recorded his first career batting average of .300.
It was none other than the number of days of FA eligibility that caught Kim Min-sung, who was doing well. Kim Min-sung, who was known to have qualified as an FA in the 2017 season, was delayed by one year after just one day. In particular, since KBO’s approval was delayed at the time of the trade with Hwang Jae-gyun, not only Kim Min-sung but also the baseball community expressed regret.
Although it was delayed a year, Kim Min-sung wore a LG uniform in 2019 and drew a three-year, 1.8 billion won amount through sign-and-trade.
After moving to LG, the number of home runs fell to single digits due to the effect of Jamsil Stadium, and the batting average also declined from its peak. Nevertheless, he contributed to his team’s victory last year as he was praised as a “super backup” due to his experience and versatility to play all infield positions. 월카지노도메인
Kim Min-sung, who returned to his former team after 14 years, is expected to have a lot of uses. In particular, Lotte faced a bad news that infielder An Chi-hong left the team after qualifying as an FA, and third baseman Han Dong-hee was even decided to join the military, leaving the team, leaving the two main players at once. Eventually, recruitment of Kim Min-sung was inevitable, and he will return to Busan once again through sign-and-trade.
Kim Min-sung, who has been confirmed to transfer to Lotte, said through his club, “It feels fresh to be back in Lotte. The supporting voices of Busan fans are vivid. I am also grateful to the club for their sincere treatment and recognition of their value,” adding, “Since there are many players who are young and have great potential, I will help young players grow well based on my experience, and I will do my part in offense and defense.”