Choi Sang-min (24, SSG Landers), who only had 2 hits in the first team, filled the gap left by Choi Ji-hoon (26) with 2 hits in one game.
Choi Sang-min started as center fielder 8 times in the home game against Doosan Bears in the 2023 Shinhan Bank SOL KBO League held at SSG Landers Field in Incheon on the 29th and contributed to the team’s 10-4 victory with 2 hits, 2 hits and 1 walk in 4 at-bats.
At the beginning of the game, Choi Sang-min’s on-base formula was established. In the 2nd inning with a narrow lead of 2-1, he took the lead and scored a right-handed hit, then scored a runaway score on Cho Hyeong-woo’s double, and also emerged as the leader in the 4th inning when he led 3-1, followed by a left-handed hit and Choi Joo-hwan’s 1 He hit home on an RBI double. Choi Sang-min walked 2 out on 1st and 2nd base in the 6th inning, leading 8-1, and reached his first 3 on base in his debut.
Choi Sang-min, who met after the game, said, “I wanted (Choi) Ji-hoon not to feel his brother’s vacancy. I worked comfortably with the idea of easing the burden and helping the team, but it was beneficial,” he said. I thought about it and it worked. I am grateful to his brother,” he said after winning. 안전놀이터
Choi Sang-min, who graduated from Bukil High School, joined the pro in 2018 as a training player for SK (now SSG). His road to first team was arduous. After joining the company, he did not stand out much, but he enlisted as an active soldier and fulfilled his military service duty. Finally, on April 29 last year, he stepped on the stage of the first team, which he dreamed of in the match against Doosan. finished the season.
Choi Sang-min, who was included in the opening roster for this year, finally got a chance to play due to an injury to center fielder Choi Ji-hoon after toggling the bench. Choi Ji-hoon injured his ankle while rushing home against Incheon Doosan on the 28th, and Choi Sang-min stepped on the ground as a substitute and reported his first hit and first score of the season at the same time. And the next day, along with the cancellation of Choi Ji-hoon’s first team, he took on the role of starting center fielder and played the so-called game of life. Director Kim Won-hyeong praised, “(Choi) Sang-min filled the void left by (Choi) Ji-hoon well in offense and defense and showed a good performance.”
Choi Sang-min said, “I prepared hard thinking that an opportunity would come someday. There were times when he was tired and tired, but he persevered with the thought of trying a little more, and he was able to come this far because the coaches of the 2nd division held his heart,” he recalled his difficult days.
With this game as an opportunity, Choi Sang-min clearly imprinted his name on SSG fans. “I gained a lot of confidence from today’s game. From now on until the day Ji-hoon comes, I will do my best so that hyung-hyung doesn’t feel the void,” he said. That is my goal for this season,” he said.