With Doosan Bears’ promising catcher Park Yoo-yeon (25) leaving the team after being caught drunk driving
the recruitment of catcher Kim Ki-yeon (26) in the second draft is expected to be a godsend for now.
On the 9th, Doosan acknowledged that Park Yoo-yeon had her license suspended for drunk driving.
Park Yoo-yeon was caught drunk driving while driving near her home in late September.
The problem was that he got behind the wheel the morning after drinking.
Park Yoo-yeon hid her license from the club even after her license was suspended, and was discovered about three months later when an anonymous informant reported the above to the club. 토토사이트
After an internal investigation, the team received Park Yoo-yeon’s confession and reported it to the KBO Clean Baseball Center immediately after the investigation.
Even if you are driving with a hangover, it is difficult to avoid severe punishment.
According to KBO drunk driving punishment regulations
the first license suspension is a suspension of 70 games.
The first license revocation is a one-year disqualification
the second drunk driving is a five-year disqualification, and the third or more is a permanent disqualification.
Park Yoo-yeon cannot avoid a 70-game suspension
and has become a force that Doosan does not have until at least the first half of next season.
Depending on Doosan’s own disciplinary action
Park Yoo-yeon’s future is expected to become clearer.
Doosan plans to hold Park Yoo-yeon accountable for her actions in hiding the fact when she was first caught drunk driving.
Doosan will hold its own disciplinary committee early next week and decide on the level of disciplinary action.
As Bae Young-bin, a former Lotte Giants infielder
was recently released after hiding his drunk driving from the club
Doosan is also expected to take heavy action against him.
Doosan reinforced just one catcher in the second draft last month.
Doosan coach Lee Seung-yeop declared a “competition for backup catchers” as he prepared for the next season
and the front office moved in line with the requests from the field.
Doosan designated Kim Ki-yeon in the first round and paid a transfer fee of 400 million won to its original team, the LG Twins.
Immediately after the second draft, a Doosan official said
We need to create a starting catcher after Yang Eui-ji.
We will try to foster him,” and added
Kim Ki-yeon is a young catcher who has completed his military service, and we nominated him because we saw high future potential.
He has a strong arm and stable operational ability.
He expressed his expectations, saying, “He has good talent, so if he adds more experience
he will be a player who will be a help to the team.”
Jang Seung-hyun (29) and Ahn Seung-han (31) competed to be the backup catcher this year
but they did not meet Manager Lee’s expectations.
Seung-Hyeon Jang received good reviews for his defense
but left much to be desired in his offense. He had a batting average of 0.208 (20 hits in 96 at-bats) in 60 games last year and a batting average of 0.158 (22 hits in 139 at-bats) in 76 games this year.
Ahn Seung-han has ups and downs in offense and defense as he does not have consistent opportunities to play
and he is too old to prepare for the next generation of Yang Eui-ji.
Although Park Yu-yeon’s growth was slow due to a chronic knee injury
he was a promising offensive catcher.
The age was also suitable to be entrusted to the next generation of Yang Eui-ji.
It was no exaggeration to say that the next generation of Yang Eui-ji would be centered around Park Yoo-yeon, but this year
following knee surgery and a drunk driving accident, the team was greatly disappointed.
In terms of age and potential, Kim Ki-yeon appears to be the top candidate to fill Park Yoo-yeon’s void.
Kim Ki-yeon graduated from Gwangju Promotion High School and wore the LG uniform as the 34th pick in the 2nd 4th round of the 2016 rookie draft.
He was a promising prospect that LG once focused on as the No. 2 catcher, but it took quite a while to develop him.
Manager Lee is hoping that Kim Ki-yeon will shake up the existing competition structure for backup catchers
as he has invested a considerable amount of money, 400 million won.
Kim Ki-yeon is also full of motivation. Immediately after transferring to Doosan, he said,
I spent 8 years at LG, and I feel sorry to the fans and club who have been looking forward to it. Since I came to Doosan
I have to do well here. I feel like I have returned to the mindset I had when I was a rookie
and expressed his determination to jump into the battlefield with a new mindset. revealed.
Kim Ki-yeon played in only 42 games for the first team while working for LG for eight years until this year.
He had a batting average of 0.140 (6-for-43) and 3 RBIs.
He said, “I didn’t perform as well as expected.
That’s why I think I came out in the second round of the draft.
I had a chance early this year, but I didn’t make the most of it.
I want to learn a lot from Yang Eui-ji and make it my own.
I want to learn a lot from senior Yang Eui-ji and make it my own.
I want to do everything from running the game as a catcher.
“I need to learn, but I also want to ask about things like ball mixing.
Since I’m a catcher and the best hitter
I also want to learn a lot about hitting the bat,” he said emphatically.
Park Yoo-yeon’s departure is painful, but fortunately for Doosan
they have prepared well-prepared measures.
If Kim Ki-yeon unleashes her potential
the risk of Park Yoo-yeon’s drunk driving is expected to decrease slightly.