It was the best year for “One Club Man” Jeon Jun-woo, even though fall baseball was a disappointment.
The Lotte Giants held their 2023 season send-off ceremony at Sangdong Baseball Stadium in Gimhae on May 25, and presented awards for each category.
Lotte’s own season MVP honor went to “Captain” Jeon Jun-woo. Jun-woo showed no signs of rust at the ripe old age of 37. He was by far the best hitter on the team, batting 3-for-1 with 17 home runs, 77 RBIs, and an OPS of 0.852.
With the departure of the team’s second-best hitter, Ahn Chi-hong, to Hanwha, Jun-woo’s presence became even greater. In his second free agency season, Jun-woo signed a four-year, up to 4.7 billion won contract and was asked by head coach Kim Tae-hyung to serve as captain.
With a new head coach and a new club, he took the reins of Lotte.
As the most senior player on the team, 바카라사이트 it might seem like a bit of a burden to take on the role of captain, but he decided to showcase his unique leadership skills once again.
“I don’t owe this award to myself, but to everyone,” he said, adding, “I hope that the team and the players will perform well next year so that we can all laugh together.”
The second runner-up award went to Kim Sang-soo, aka “Kisenam. He said, “It feels good to receive this award. If you don’t give up, opportunities will surely come,” he said, pumping his fist.
Kim Won-joong won the best pitcher award and Yoon Dong-hee won the best hitter award. Kim Won-joong said, “I received a good award because I was with a good teammate. Next year, I want to play with them at a higher level.” Yoon Dong-hee said, “I didn’t do it alone, but with the help of my coaches, managers, and seniors.” She vowed to prepare well for the next season and become a valuable player for the team.”
The ceremony was made even more meaningful by the presence of the players, including Oh Sun-jin and Choi Hang, who joined the team in the second round of the draft, and 11 rookies, as well as senior bench coaches Kim Min-jae and Kim Kwang-soo, and assistant hitting coach Lim Hoon, who joined the team for the last time.