SSG Landers ‘fixer’ Choi Jeong (36) expressed her gratitude to her family for the New Year and said, “I want to hear that ‘I was an indispensable player for the team’ when I retire someday.”
Choi Jeong-eun will leave for Florida, USA, where the 2023 spring camp of the SSG team will be located via Incheon International Airport on the 25th.
SSG team headquarters will board a plane to the United States on the 30th. Prior to that, on the 25th, SSG veteran hitters and pitchers, including Choi Jeong, Kim Gwang-hyeon, Moon Seung-won, and Oh Tae-gon, will prepare for the camp while adjusting to jet lag in the United States as a starting point.
Choi Jeong-eun said, “I took a short break after the Korean Series last year and started exercising right away. It’s hard to rest for a long time. So he kept putting tension on his body. He’s picking up the pace little by little. He will go to America in advance on the 25th and prepare for the new season.”
In 121 games last season, Choi Jeong-eun recorded a batting average of .505 with an on-base percentage of .386 with 26 home runs and 87 RBIs in 121 games. A 19-year professional veteran, he set a double-digit home run record for 17 consecutive seasons, the first in the KBO League since 2006 (12 home runs). With his 429 home runs in his career, he approached Lee Seung-yeop (467 home runs), who had the most home runs in his career and the number one home run in the KBO league, by a margin of 38.
He suffers from injuries due to the number of balls hit by his opponent. Because of this, there were days when he had to receive treatment and just watch his teammates play in the dugout. Nevertheless, since 2016 (40 home runs), he has shown the power of more than 20 home runs in 7 consecutive seasons.
After finishing the Korean series, I paid a lot of attention to taking care of my body for the next season. Choi Jeong-eun said, “There is no uncomfortable place right now. He said, “You shouldn’t be sick when you go into technical training. I built my body well during the off-season, and I am continuing to pay attention and work hard.”
SSG club and fans pay special attention to Choi Jeong’s physical condition. Because he is the team’s leading hitter. For him like this, his family cheers more from the side. Choi Jung-eun spent a lot of time with her family who silently believed in her and supported her. From the US camp to the 2nd camp in Okinawa, Japan, he has to stay away from his family for a long time. 안전놀이터
He said, “I continue to spend time with my wife and children to do things I couldn’t do during the busy baseball season.” “Thanks to my family, I spent the season with peace of mind and no worries. I just want to thank you for always supporting me.”
Although he was not completely satisfied with his performance, SSG did something that was difficult to experience twice because of the presence of a player named Choi Jeong. SSG became the ‘unified champion’ by winning the KBO’s first regular season ‘Wire to Wire’ and then winning the Korean Series.
Choi Jeong-eun said, “I had a very happy season last year. However, it was also a more difficult season than ever. Personally, there was a game I missed due to an injury. As a result, there were some technical twists.”
He continued, “It was very difficult in the process of maintaining first place until the last minute. There were times when neither I nor the team did well. Still, I worked really hard to protect it, but I was happy to finish the season with good results.”
Choi Jeong-eun left one wish, promising to do well in the new season. He said, “I really want to hear that he was an essential player for the team. It’s really nice to hear that ‘Choi Jeong-eun was a steady player’.”
Choi Jeong-eun signed a six-year, 10.6 billion won free agent contract in the winter of 2018. He was treated like a star hitter. However, this period has already passed quite a bit, and there are two years left. Choi Jeong, who is good at self-management, can play longer as the SSG hitter, but he also thought of the time when his active career would come to an end someday.
He said, “If I retire someday, I would be really happy to hear that I was a player who couldn’t be without a team. Then he will think, ‘He really successfully finished his life as a baseball player’.”
It’s not tomorrow’s right now, but retirement will come to you someday. He, who won only the home run king three times (2016, 2017, 2021), also cherishes each game in the new season in 2023 and prepares to leave the camp to do his best.