As soon as Choo Shin-soo entered the KBO with 2.7 billion won, Oh Seung-hwan topped the annual salary of a pitcher with 1.1 billion won.
Choo Shin-soo (39), the “Choo Choo Train,” became the “Yearly King” as soon as he entered the KBO League 토토사이트
According to the “Player Registration Status” announced by the KBO on the 4th, including free-agent (FA) players, Choo Shin-soo became the highest-paid player in the KBO league with an annual salary of 2.7 billion won.
Choo Shin-soo, who graduated from Busan High School and entered the U.S. in 2001, played in the U.S. Major League for 20 years. He batted .275 with 218 home runs, 782 RBIs and 157 steals in 1,652 games in Major League Baseball.
The SK Wyverns named Choo Shin-soo as the No. 1 player in a special overseas nomination held on April 2, 2007. Shinsegae Group, which is taking over SK, succeeded in recruiting Choo Shin-soo as the first player in the Shinsegae baseball team. Choo Shin-soo made his first move to the KBO league on the 22nd of last month, signing a contract worth 2.7 billion won a year. One eye-catching point is that one billion won of the annual salary will be spent on social contribution activities. He returned home via Incheon International Airport on the 25th of last month. Choo, who moved to Changwon, South Gyeongsang Province, immediately began a two-week self-quarantine. Choo Shin-soo, who is in self-isolation by renting an entire pension, continues to exercise without a break.
Choo’s recruitment was simply a sensation. The so-called KBO League, which has yet to open the regular season, has been overturned. Expectations of KBO league fans as well as Shinsegae Baseball Team, which recruited Choo Shin-soo, have risen, and the excitement of active players who will face Choo Shin-soo has exploded.
Kia Tigers manager Matt Williams recalled Choo Shin-soo when he was the leader of the Oakland Athletics. “When I think about Choo Shin-soo, I have an idea that I can’t get rid of. I was a terrible batter when I was in Oakland. He hit a lot against us. “I always started the game without fun because I was the first batter and pushed and hit a home run.” “Choo Shin-soo was a fantastic player. He excelled in all fields. He had good power in batting and was a good defender. He is not a young player now, but an old player, but he remembers him as a good player. “We have one more player that is burdensome to us,” he added.
Choo Shin-soo, viewed by Kia’s top player Choi Hyung-woo, 38, was simply the object of admiration. Choi Hyung-woo said, “I’ve never seen him in baseball. I knew him when he was in the Major League. I think I’ll greet you 90 degrees when I see you. I think it’s going to be amazing like a celebrity.” “Choo Shin-soo has a good foresight and shoulders, and most of all, I was surprised to see him play every game on TV,” he said.
According to the KBO, Yang Eui-ji (NC Dinos) and Park Byung-ho (Kium Heroes) ranked second with 1.5 billion won after Choo Shin-soo. Oh Seung-hwan (Samsung Lions) ranked first with 1.1 billion won in the pitcher’s highest salary category this year.
Lee Dae-ho (Lotte Giants), who had maintained his highest salary position for the past four years with an annual salary of 2.5 billion won with an FA contract in 2017, gave up his highest salary position for the first time since his return to Korea. Yang Hyun-jong, who has been the No. 1 pitcher in the past two years with 2.3 billion won, also entered the U.S. stage, changing the pitching sector to a new face.
SK ranked first in the team’s average annual salary. SK, which registered a total of 56 players, including Choo Shin-soo, recorded the highest average annual salary among 10 clubs with an average annual salary of KRW 174,21 million (excluding foreign and rookie players). In addition, the increase was 20.3 percent from 144.86 million won last year, the highest increase rate.
NC, the winner of the KBO League last year, followed SK with 148.98 million won. KT was the first team to advance to the postseason, and was the only team with SK with a 6.7 percent increase rate.
This year, 161 players are registered to receive more than 100 million won in annual salary in the KBO league. The highest number of billion-year-old players ever was 164 in 2018, 163 in 2017 followed by 161 in 2020 and this year, remaining the third tie record ever.