Yasiel Puig and Kiwoom have broken down
Yasiel Puig (32) who caused controversy over illegal sports gambling will eventually leave the Korean stage after a season. Kiwoom Heroes have given up on renewing their contract with Puig.
Kiwoom announced on the 2nd that they decided not to renew their contract with Puig, saying, “Considering Puig’s various situations, it was difficult to keep waiting.”
Puig batted .277 with 21 home runs, 73 RBIs, 65 hits and 131 hits in 126 games last season, and an on-base percentage of 0.368 OPS 0.841.
In particular, he perfectly adapted to the Korean stage in the second half, batting average of 0.316 with 12 home runs and 36 RBIs, 31 hits with 67 hits, and on-base percentage of 0.410 OPS 0.962.
Puig also hit three home runs on the postseason stage, becoming indispensable to Kiwoom’s batting lineup. The renewal of the contract seemed natural.
However, after the postseason, Puig’s allegations of illegal sports gambling broke out. The case took place in 2019, and Puig was even charged with perjury.
In response, Kiwoom included Puig in the list of suspended players submitted to the Korea Baseball Organization (KBO), and waited for the controversy to be resolved. It’s for renewal of the contract.
However, Kiwoom gave up on renewing its contract because it believed that the legal battle over Puig would not end easily. As a result, Puig will leave the Korean stage for the first time in a season.