‘700 million → 50 million won’ The fall of the 268 home run giant… start from the bottom
Veteran third baseman Park Seok-min (38, NC Dinos) faced an unprecedented cold wave. Salary reduction rate reaches 93%. It’s like starting all over again from the bottom.
On the 27th, NC announced the results of the 2023 team salary negotiations. Park Seok-min, whose cuts were so large, naturally attracted attention. Last year, the annual salary of 700 million won was cut by a whopping 650 million won, and it was stamped at 50 million won. This is the amount that both the club and Seok-min Park agreed to earlier.
Park Seok-min was a third baseman who represented the KBO league. He is a proven veteran, boasting 268 career home runs. When he transferred from Samsung Lions to NC as a free agent ahead of the 2016 season, he received the highest treatment ever for 4 years and 9.6 billion won, and before the 2020 season, he signed another contract with NC for 2+1 years and 3.4 billion won to increase his value.
However, a momentary choice drove Park Seok-min to the bottom. In July 2021, he had a drinking party in violation of the Corona 19 quarantine rules at the away accommodation, and walked downhill while receiving disciplinary action from KBO for 72 games and 50 games from the club. He joined after completing his suspension in June of last year, but had a batting average of 0.149 (7 hits in 47 at-bats) in 16 games. To make matters worse, he could not defend properly due to back pain, so he had to finish the season while doing exercises close to rehabilitation in the second team.
50 million won. This is the amount that the club and Park Seok-min agreed to. NC recently ran the team with the principle of boldly organizing veterans, but Park Seok-min made an exception and opened a way to extend the player’s life. 먹튀검증
Of course, the interests were aligned. NC needed a third baseman to start immediately. As Noh Jin-hyeok (34, Lotte Giants) moved to free agency, the starting third baseman disappeared, and Park Joon-yeong (26), who was considered as the next third base inmate, left the team as a compensation player for catcher Yang Eui-ji (36), who transferred to Doosan Bears as a free agent. There are infielders who can play third base, such as Seo Ho-cheol (27) and Do Tae-hoon (30), but it is true that they are not enough to be given the title of ‘main player’ right away.
NC reached out to Park Seok-min, the best card, if he showed only his prime skills in good health, and Park Seok-min, who was looking for a comeback, willingly signed for 50 million won and chose to extend his life.
NC coach Kang In-kwon carefully checked Park Seok-min’s physical condition throughout the winter. Park Seok-min is confident in his health and has shown his will to live up to the expectations of the command tower. Can Park Seok-min survive the fierce competition with his juniors during his spring camp and write a comeback myth, erasing the humiliation of a 93% annual salary cut by winning the title again?