The biggest issue in the KBO league on the first Monday of July (3rd) was the news of veteran outfielder Park Gun-woo (33, NC Dinos) canceling his first-team entry.온라인바카라
NC excluded Park Gun-woo from the first team through a change in the entry on the 3rd without baseball. The resource to replace Park Kun-woo is unknown, but starting pitcher Lee Jun-ho (23) will be called up for the Gocheok Kiwoom match on the 4th.
Excluding Park Gun-woo from the entry was a surprise. He played in 69 games this season and recorded a batting average of 0.286, 7 homers, 41 RBIs, 6 steals, and an OPS of 0.816. Although he often came out as a designated hitter due to minor injuries at the beginning of the season, he survived 93 days in the first team without a single entry expungement.
During the month of April, Park Kun-woo showed a rather low pace with a batting average of 0.270. He himself also showed reflection, saying, “I cut off the flow too much.” However, in May, he raised the sense of hitting by hitting multi-hits in 4 consecutive games (Samsung match on the 19th – Lotte match on the 23rd). Since then, the season has been going smoothly without a major slump. His batting average in his last 10 games was also 0.286, the same as his entire season.
There were no special injuries, and there were no major issues either. An NC official explained to Star News, “It’s not an injury. It’s clear that I’m not sick. There are no other issues or other issues at all.”
If so, Park Kun-woo’s 2nd military trip becomes even more mysterious. NC has recently entered a downward trend. NC, who fell into a 5-game losing streak since the match against Changwon LG on the 21st, suffered a sweep loss in the recent 3-game match against KT Wiz and Suwon. It is a situation with a disastrous result of 2 wins and 8 losses in the last 10 games. After rising to third place on the 14th of last month, he has maintained his position steadily, but his win-loss margin, which was once +8, has fallen to +2 as of the 3rd.
In this situation, it is difficult to understand at first that a veteran player who is adding strength to the other line is dismissed. At this rate, it is a situation where the team can only return at the earliest in the last game of the first half (Changwon Lotte match on the 13th). In particular, 6 of the 9 remaining games before the All-Star break are against the Lotte Giants in 4th place and the Kiwoom Heroes in 6th place, who are currently stuck within 3 games. It is dangerous to leave out one resource from the position of NC, which has to finish well in the first half.
In addition, Park Kun-woo was named in the best 12 outfielder category of Nanum All-Star at the 2023 KBO All-Star Game held at Sajik Baseball Stadium in Busan on the 15th. It is the first time in five years since 2018, when he was with the Doosan Bears, that he was included in the All-Star Best List. NC virtually made him out of the first half with less than two weeks left in the All-Star Game.
However, in other words, if the team is enough to drop Park Gun-woo even in such an important situation, it can be assumed that his entry cancellation is really necessary. It can be seen as meaning that he wanted to deliver a message even in a situation where he had to get out of the slump as soon as possible, even excluding the central hitter who occupied a large part of his power.
Park Gun-woo. /Photo = Courtesy of NC Dinos
An NC official said, “We expect coach Kang In-kwon to mention the reason for the expungement in the game on the 4th.” In the end, it was an entry change with the director’s intentions, so the command tower has to explain it directly. This is why everyone’s attention was focused on Director Kang’s mouth.
Coach Kang is cautious about evaluating players through the media. Recently, he pointed out catcher Park Se-hyeok’s (33) ball combination, but when the player himself found out about it, he said, “I’m reflecting a lot.” Nevertheless, based on his heavy charisma, he is also openly bitter when necessary. Park Gun-woo’s expungement is also a part that can be assumed to have a message of determination.