SSG Landers Roh Kyung-eun (39) faced the risk of his career being ruined several times as he entered the twilight of his career.
After the 2018 season, Noh Kyung-eun, who obtained the qualification as a free agent (FA), had to spend a year as a lost child while being shunned by her original team Lotte and other clubs. He could have found a new team through a sign-and-trade during the 2019 season, but it was ultimately canceled.
However, for a year, Noh Kyung-eun did not miss the string to return to the player while sharing the joys and sorrows with university players at Dong-Eui University in Busan. Eventually, after the 2019 season, he signed a contract with Lotte, who constantly watched his physical condition, and succeeded in returning. .
After his return, he recorded 8 wins and 15 losses in 189⅓ innings in 39 games (35 starts) in two seasons at Lotte. As his two-year contract ended, Lotte had the right to reserve, but he released him as a free agent without re-signing with Noh Kyung-eun.
And Roh Kyung-eun once again burned his will to extend his active service by not refusing to take the test, and was put on the SSG Landers uniform. Noh Kyung-eun sexually proved that SSG’s choice was not wrong. Last year, Noh Kyung-eun recorded an average ERA of 3.05 with 12 wins, 5 losses, 1 save and 7 holds in 41 games, and became an indispensable contributor to SSG’s overall victory.
The indomitable will of Noh Kyung-eun, who did not give up, was a hope for other release players. The same was true for Kim Kun-guk (35), whose contract with KIA was confirmed on the 11th. In particular, Kim Kon-guk was close with Noh Kyung-eun during his Lotte days.
Like Noh Kyung-eun, Kim Kon-guk’s career as an athlete was very difficult. Perhaps, it was a more eventful player career than Noh Kyung-eun. In 2006, he was a prospect named in the second round by Doosan, but after being released due to an elbow injury, he continued his active career by throwing the ball at the independent league Goyang Wonders. Afterwards, he rejoined NC in 2013, but moved to KT in 2014 in the second draft, and changed his Lotte uniform again with a trade in 2017.
In Lotte, he has established himself as a good pitching resource with a record of 7 wins, 5 losses, 4 holds, and an average ERA of 4.53 in 87 games. However, he was released after the 2021 season. Around the same time as Noh Kyung-eun, he took off his Lotte uniform. However, while Noh Kyung-eun was called by SSG, no club called Kim Kon-guk.
There was a gap of about a year, but Kim Kon-guk did not give up again. At the end of last year, he built his body while participating in the Busan Metropolitan City baseball tournament held by the Korea Baseball Softball Association (KBSA). KIA, who saw this, suggested that Kim Kon-guk wait for a year to test, and after a period of about a month to prove it, his joining was finalized. The appearance of being healthy while spraying 145 km of speed fascinated KIA.
Kim Geon-guk, who got in touch with OSEN, said, “I thought I would play baseball again after struggling alone. However, since he never contacted me, he despaired a lot and blamed himself a lot, saying ‘I was only this good a player’. Still, he was silently building his body with the mindset of trying to do it once without a fight,” he explained about his 1-year hiatus. 메이저사이트
Noh Kyung-eun was the person who encouraged Kim Kon-guk to not give up on his career even during his hiatus. Kim Kon-guk said, “I didn’t have a team for a year, but (Roh) Kyung-eun kept in touch with his brother. He kept saying, ‘Are you throwing the ball? If you want to continue your career as an athlete, you must never let go of the ball.’ Lee hyung also said, ‘I also lost FA and took a break for a year.’ So, while watching Kyeong-eun hyung, I can do it too. He was able to gather all his heart to try again,” he said, stressing that Noh Kyung-eun’s influence was not small.
I did not let go of my mind about my career as a player for a year. Kim Kun-guk once again showed that ‘the important thing is an unbreakable heart’. Kim Konkuk’s career continued without interruption.