SSG Landers’ veteran outfielder Kim Kang-min (41) boasted of his rust-free outfield defense as if he was aging backwards. SSG coach Kim Won-hyung praised with a smile, saying, “You showed me what I looked like 10 years ago.”
In the demonstration game against LG held at Jamsil Stadium on the 27th, Kim Kang-min came in as a pinch hitter in Kim Min-sik’s plate in the 8th inning with 1 out and bases loaded with a 3-1 lead. Against LG pitcher Baek Seung-hyun, he scored 1 RBI on a sacrifice fly to right field.
Then, in the defense at the bottom of the 8th inning, Kim Joo-seong quickly ran and caught a hit ball that cut through the left middle, and spread a lake rain. At the moment of hitting, the start was quick and accurate, and the hit was deleted with excellent power. Pitcher Baek Seung-gun, who was on the mound, expressed his gratitude toward Kim Kang-min.
In the at-bat, he showed advanced baseball that increased the score difference with a necessary hit (sacrifice fly) in a necessary situation, and still showed excellent movement in defense. 메이저놀이터
Coach Won-hyung Kim praised Kim Kang-min during an interview with reporters ahead of an exhibition match with LG at Jamsil Stadium on the 28th. Director Kim said with a smile, “I showed you what I looked like 10 years ago yesterday.”
Veteran Kim Kang-min has handed over the starting center fielder position to Choi Ji-hoon since last year, and is a backup role. Even in hitting, it is to support the back with a pinch hit. He played in 84 games in the regular season last year and recorded a batting average of .303 (54 hits in 178 at-bats). In the Korean Series, he hit a decisive come-from-behind home run in the bottom of the 9th inning of Game 5 and was awarded MVP.
Coach Kim said, “The player himself doesn’t seem greedy. He will play the same role this year as last year,” he said. He was right with my thoughts, and we talked once the other day,” he explained.
Coach Kim sent trust, saying, “If I am healthy, I will be able to play again next year.” Prior to the 2020 season, Kim Kang-min, who signed a 1+1 free agent contract (total of 1 billion won), renewed the contract this year with a frozen annual salary of 160 million won for the 2022 season.