“10 billion → 4.7 billion → 2.2 billion.” Even if it is over the limit, it will be a big hit, and Choo Shin-soo also admitted the best hitter ever… “My record, Choi Hyung-woo, will break everything.”

SSG Landers Choo Shin-soo (42) praised KIA Tigers Choi Hyung-woo (41).

KIA announced on the 5th, “We signed a multi-year contract with Choi Hyung-woo (41) at the Gwangju-Kia Champions Field for a total of 2.2 billion won, including 2 billion won in annual salary and 200 million won in option for 1+1 year. The 2025 contract will be automatically extended if the 2024 option is met.”헤라카지노도메인

Choi Hyung-woo is a veteran batter with a batting average of 312 (2,233 for 7452) in 2066 games in the KBO league, with 373 home runs, 1542 RBIs, 1224 runs and OPS.934. This year, he finished the season a little early after being injured after hitting the first baseman during a base play, but he played an outstanding role in filling the gap of Na Sung-bum, who was unable to play many games due to injury, with a batting average of 322 (or 130 for 431) with 17 home runs and 81 RBIs OPS.887 in 121 games.

Choi, who showed off his robust skills despite his overwhelming age, marked a milestone in the history of Korean baseball last year by breaking the record for most RBIs and most doubles in history. He is also at the top of the list in major indicators such as ranking third with most hits, fifth with most homers, fourth with most walks (1,078) and second with most hits (3966). Among them, Choi has a gap of 111 hits from top-ranked Lee Seung-yeop, and Choi is highly likely to break the new record for most hits this year, considering that he recorded 210 hits last year.

Choi Hyung-woo, who signed a multi-year contract as the oldest non-FA player ever, became an FA after the 2016 season and signed a four-year contract with Kia for a total of 10 billion won. It was the biggest contract ever signed by a fielder at the time. After the 2020 season, Choi obtained his second FA qualification and renewed his three-year contract with Kia for a total of 4.7 billion won. As he signed an extension contract for 2.2 billion won for one plus one year, the cumulative contract amount has reached a maximum of 16.9 billion won.

“I am grateful that the club offered me a good condition of signing a multi-year contract first. I will do my best with my teammates so that I can hear the shouts of autumn baseball in Gwangju. And I want to be remembered by Tigers fans as a player who has always been consistent until the last day of my career,” Choi said.

“Choi Hyung-woo not only showed outstanding performances, but also always served as an example to his fellow players as a clubhouse leader, so he tried to treat them accordingly. I hope he will continue to have a good influence on his fellow players and play as a player representing the KBO league,” said Kia’s general manager Shim Jae-hak.

Choo Shin-soo, who had a career as the best Korean hitter in the Major League, was also impressed by Choi Hyung-woo’s continued performance. Choo recorded a batting average of 275 (1671 hits in 6,087 times at bat) in 1652 games in the Major League (2005-2020), 218 homers, 782 RBIs, 961 runs, 157 steals OPS.824, and a batting average of 260,000 (325 hits in 1,252 times at bat) in 361 games in the KBO League, with 49 homers, 168 RBIs, 226 runs and 46 steals OPS.819.

Asked if he wants to set various records for the oldest batter this year, Choo said, “I have no desire to set such records,” adding, “It is a record that will be broken anyway. If I achieve the record, I think Choi will break it.” He is still performing so well. He is one year younger than me and a player for the opposing team, but he is truly amazing. Seeing that he is still doing so even now despite his age a year ago, he seems to be taking good care of his physical condition. It is great to see. When those players do well, they will have more time and more opportunities to play for younger players.”

Choo Shin-soo, who stressed the importance of taking care of his body as the oldest batter in the KBO league, said, “I don’t think it’s a good thing to just exercise a lot. When someone does one thing, I do two or three things, but I can’t do that from late 30s or around 38 years old. If you exercise like that, you’ll get worse the next day. Now you need time to recover if you’re not feeling well. I think you need to understand your body and take it more sensitively by talking to your body.”

“Personally, I want to show you how I won the Korean Series in 2022 again,” said Choo, who cautiously expressed his desire to win another championship in the last season of his pro career. In order for me to achieve that, I also need to stay healthy for the season. When we won the championship, the fans were amazing, too. If my last appearance is like that, I want to see it be beautiful. I will do my best,” he said, vowing to win the title.

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