Infielder Kim Min-sung has returned to his former team Lotte Giants. After the end of the 2023 season, he became a free agent with the LG Twins and moved to sign and trade. First of all, he signed a contract with LG for up to three years (2+1 year) and a total of 900 million won (down payment of 200 million won, annual salary of 500 million won, option of 200 million won). Since then, LG and Lotte have traded. LG gave up Kim Min-sung and Lotte gave up infielder Kim Min-soo to each other.
The Lotte club recruited Kim Min-sung and said, “We expect Kim Min-sung, who has a strong sense of responsibility as a professional player and can play all infield positions, to become a model for the young team.”
Kim Min-sung also said, “There are many young and potential players in Lotte. Based on our experience, we will help young players grow well and do our part in offense and defense.”
Expectations are high for Kim Min-sung’s leadership. This is because of his performance in LG. Kim Min-sung has been with LG since 2019 and played as a main third baseman. Then in 2021, Moon Bo-kyung made his debut in the first division. He grew at a rapid pace. In 2022, Kim gave up the third baseman position to Moon Bo-kyung. He was willing to do so.
Kim Min-sung was always with Moon Bo-kyung. As a key player for a long time, he generously transferred all the know-how he had accumulated as a third baseman. He was rather grateful to his junior who listened to his story and was truly proud to see his development.헤라카지노주소
At the time, Kim Min-sung said, “Bokyung (Moon) is a capable player. I’m really looking forward to the future,” adding, “I don’t think he lost his seat. I really hope that Bokyung will do better with a good heart. Then he will quietly and tremendously rejoice by himself.” He added a hearty smile.
Moon Bo-kyung also said, “I was able to grow thanks to the help of not only the coaches but also the older members. (Kim) Min-sung hyung is really kind and teaches me one by one. Thanks to him, I have improved my defense.”
Moon Bo-kyung grew up robustly under his mentor’s guidance. As a third baseman in 2022, he pitched 749 innings and recorded four errors. He also occasionally played the first baseman. He had a batting average of 0.315 (128 hits in 406 times at bat) with nine homers and 56 RBIs in 126 games. He became an irreplaceable third baseman last season. He was responsible for 1,090 ⅔ innings and made 20 errors. He had a batting average of 0.301 (141 hits in 469 times at bat) with 10 homers and 72 RBIs in 131 games. He has become a “treasure” who will take responsibility for LG’s future.
Now, Kim Min-sung is heading to Lotte. Lotte’s third base is Han Dong-hee. Han Dong-hee is a resource that Lotte has carefully cultivated since it embraced as the first designation in 2018. It has not been fully on track yet. In addition, he has applied to the Sangmu Baseball Team (National Military Sports Unit), so if he finally passes, he must join the military in June. It can be a valuable class if he shares with Kim Min-sung and gets advice before that.
Not only Han Dong-hee but also many players are expected to be positively affected. It is one of the “Kim Min-sung effects” that Lotte expects.
Lotte Giants third baseman Han Dong-hee is showing a bright smile ahead of the meeting with Lotte’s new manager Kim Tae-hyung during last year’s wrap-up training. X-Sports News DB
Kim Min-sung, born in 1988, joined Lotte as the 13th overall pick in the second round of the second round in 2007. Since his debut in 2007, he has properly established himself in the main league since 2009. He changed his team in 2010. He built a new nest in the Nexen Heroes (now the Kiwoom Heroes). Since then, he has spent nine seasons with the Heroes.
In 2013, he played in all 128 games before the regular season and recorded a batting average of 0.282 (129 hits in 458 times at bat) with 15 homers, 72 RBIs and 60 runs. For the first time since his debut, he had more than 100 hits in a single season and tasted a double-digit home run. He has consistently displayed batting average in the late 20s to early 30s every year at the Nexen Heroes. In 2016, he recorded a career high with a batting average of 0.306 (156 hits in 510 times at bat) with 17 homers, 90 RBIs and 76 runs scored in 141 games.
He became an FA after the 2018 season. He faced difficulties in negotiations with Nexen. He failed to sign a contract until early March, when his respective club`s spring camps were nearing the end. Kim left Nexen through sign-and-trade and became a member of LG. At LG, he became an infield multi-backup after taking over the third base.
Last season, Kim played all of the infield positions. He pitched 280 innings as second baseman, 145 innings as shortstop, 135 innings as third baseman, and 105 ⅔ innings as first baseman. He ran to any loose ends of the infield. He played 112 games and recorded a batting average of 0.249 (68 hits in 273 times at bat), eight homers, 41 RBIs and 34 runs. Thanks to Kim’s dedication and performance by his key players, LG achieved the unified championship for the first time in 29 years.
Kim has posted a career-high 1,696 games, a batting average of 0.269, 1406 hits, 131 homers, 725 RBIs and 663 points in 17 seasons. He will continue his career with Lotte. “It feels fresh to come back to Lotte. I vividly remember Busan fans’ cheering voice,” Kim said. “I also thank the club for its sincere treatment and recognition of its value.”