“Even in his prime, this much… ” 12.4 billion shortstop perfect replacement, a success story rewritten at the age of 35

 Did he regain his old form by meeting his old mentor, director Yeom Gyeong-yeop? LG veteran infielder Kim Min-seong (35) is writing a new success story at a late age. 

Kim Min-seong, who transferred from Nexen 메이저사이트(now Kiwoom) to LG through a sign-and-trade in March 2019. His presence hasn’t been great over the past four seasons. Unlike the days of Nexen, when they hit double-digit homers for six consecutive seasons, LG had the most homers in a season with 8 homers, and in the sluggish batting average of 2021 season and 2022 season, it was slowly forgotten in the heads of the club and fans. . There was a veteran third baseman named Kim Min-seong, but the third base position was always a concern for LG until Moon Bo-kyung appeared. 

He is wielding a batting average of 34%, 10 RBIs and 8 points in 16 games in the 2023 season. His slugging percentage of .386 and on-base percentage of .423 combined with a scoring position of .429. Even the previous day in Jamsil NC match against Gocheok Kiwoom on June 6, 2020, after 1048 days, he took on the 3rd hitter and played an active role with 2 hits and 1 RBI in 4 at-bats including the final hit, leading LG to take the lead in 616 days. 

This season, Kim Min-seong also had no clear spot in the LG infield. On the 7th, the opportunity finally came to him. ‘12.4 billion shortstop’ Oh Ji-hwan left due to a side injury and was selected as a replacement to fill the vacancy. Kim Min-seong took over as shortstop for the first time in 2039 days since the match against KT in Suwon on September 6, 2017, during the Nexen days at the game against Samsung in Jamsil on the 7th, and has been filling the void left by Ji-hwan Oh. It is a look that has found vitality on the ground after a long time, digesting the unfamiliar shortstop position along with a noticeably changed batting. 

The blow to NC on the 20th, when they tasted the joy of winning first place, was also intense. NC starter Song Myeong-ki scored the final blow with an RBI and a right-handed hit in the 1st inning, 0-0, with a chance on 1st and 2nd base. . SPOTV commentator Yang Sang-moon, who served as LG coach in the past, was surprised, saying, “Kim Min-seong has never shown such a sense of hitting even in his prime.” 

It’s not just Kim Min-sung. Infielder Seo Kun-chang has a batting average of 3.33 in scoring position, and transfer catcher Park Dong-won tied for the lead in home runs (4) and is reborn as a leading figure in LG’s early rise. It is truly amazing to see players who have been sore fingers of LG for the past few years meeting their old teachers and regaining their former glory one by one. 

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