The professional baseball world, ahead of the start of the season, was hit by a thunderbolt when it was revealed that Jang Jeong-seok, general manager of the current professional baseball KIA Tigers, demanded back money from incumbent professional baseball player Park Dong-won (LG Twins).
On the 29th, the KIA held a disciplinary committee and dismissed general manager Jang Jeong-seok, who is known to have demanded back money in the process of negotiating with catcher Park Dong-won, who obtained free agent status, for damage to dignity.
Instead of not attending the disciplinary committee,메이저놀이터 former director Jang submitted a letter of resignation in writing, and the disciplinary committee severely punished former manager Jang by dismissing him against his will.
The KIA club issued an apology, saying, “I bow my head and apologize to all members and fans of the league with a heavy sense of responsibility.”
It is said that the KIA club received a tip about asking for back money related to former general manager Jang last week.
After hearing the recording, KIA club CEO Choi Joon-young, who understood the seriousness of the situation, called former general manager Jang, who was on a business trip to the United States to search for foreign players, and instructed him to return home in a hurry, and former general manager Jang returned home on the 23rd, three days earlier than planned.
CEO Choi, who met with former general manager Jang and heard the call for the transcript, decided that the wrong behavior of former general manager Jang, who is in charge of the club, was unacceptable, and ordered a thorough investigation, and the KIA club made the final decision to dismiss him from the disciplinary committee.
Jang Dong-cheol, secretary general of the Korea Professional Baseball Players Association, said in a phone call with Yonhap News, “I met Park Dong-won in person about 10 days ago and listened to the story and the recorded file. I was surprised that this happened, and I was even more surprised that Jang Jung-seok, the head of the team with a good reputation, was the person responsible.”
Previously, Park Dong-won transferred from Kiwoom Heroes to KIA Tigers in April of last year.
KIA made a strong decision to recruit Park Dong-won, who will qualify as a free agent (FA) at the end of the 2022 season, during the season.
The prevailing prospect was that KIA would sign a long-term contract with Park Dong-won during the 2022 season, or sign a multi-year contract after acquiring a free agent.
In fact, general manager Jang Jeong-seok met with Park Dong-won during the season and talked about extending the contract.
On the spot, it is known that Director Jang made a nuanced remark, ‘Please give me some amount’.
Park Dong-won did not sign an extension contract and obtained FA status after completing the 2022 season.
Director Jang met with ‘FA Park Dong-won’ again and asked for back money.
Park Dong-won recorded the words of Director Jang.
Secretary-General Jang Dong-chul, who heard the words of director Jang Jeong-seok in the recording, was convinced that “this was not a joke.”
Park Dong-won signed a contract with LG Twins, not KIA, for a total of 6.5 billion won over 4 years.
Secretary General Jang Dong-cheol said, “Thanks to Park Dong-won’s courage, the incident that was almost buried has come to the surface.” If you have experienced something like this in the past, or if you receive unreasonable demands in the future, please report it to the Athletes’ Association.”