In 2021, the characters of the corona sulpan wave had mixed feelings ahead of this season.
NC Dinos completed the 2023 season player salary contract on the 27th. The standout player was Park Seok-min. Park Seok-min signed his contract with 50 million won, a 93% cut from the 700 million won that was the annual salary for the 2022 season. 50 million won is the minimum annual salary for a first-team player.
Ahead of the 2020 season, Park Seok-min signed a free agent (FA) contract with NC for up to 3.4 billion won in 2+1 years and remained. However, he was suspended for 122 games due to the Corona 19 alcohol wave in 2021 and began to fall into sluggishness.
Park Seok-min, who returned to the first team after the suspension of 122 games was lifted, scored two hits before returning, but could not improve the sense of hitting afterwards. After being canceled from the first team entry at the end of June, he returned to the first team in early July, but he has not seen Park Seok-min on the first team stage since July. Park Seok-min finished the season with 7 hits in 47 at-bats, 2 RBIs, a batting average of 0.149 and an OPS of 0.490 in 16 games. Park Seok-min, who did not meet the requirements for FA qualification, signed with NC for an annual salary of 50 million won, and was able to continue his career as a player. 스포츠토토
There are two people whose situation is worse than Park Seok-min. Kwon Hee-dong and Lee Myeong-ki, two of the members of the ‘Corona 19 Drinking Wave’. Hee-dong Kwon recorded 53 hits in 238 at-bats and 5 homers with a batting average of 0.223 OPS 0.646 this season, and Myung-gi Lee recorded 77 hits in 300 at-bats and 23 RBIs with a batting average of 0.257 OPS 0.642 and obtained FA qualification and entered the free agency market, but he is still unable to find a team.
On the other hand, there are players who laughed in this FA market. It’s Park Min-woo. Park Min-woo was also disciplined for the ‘booze wave’ problem. At the time, he was selected as the national team for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, but he also voluntarily returned his Taegeuk mark due to this problem. Park Min-woo, who returned after the disciplinary action, recorded 104 hits in 390 at-bats, 4 home runs, 55 strikeouts, a batting average of 0.267 OPS and 0.710, and remained in the free agency market with a contract with NC for a total of 14 billion won for 5+3 years.
Han Hyun-hee, who belonged to Kiwoom Heroes at the time of the ‘Corona 19 drinking wave’, also violated the quarantine rules with An Woo-jin. Han Hyun-hee was also named to the Tokyo Olympic team like Park Min-woo, but came down voluntarily. Han Hyun-hee recorded an average ERA of 4.75 in 21 games (14 starts) last season, 6 wins, 4 losses, 77⅔ innings, 44 runs (41 ERA). At the time of the postseason, he finished the season with an elimination from the playoffs and entry into the Korean Series.
Despite his sluggish performance, Han Hyun-hee came out to the FA market. Han Hyun-hee could not sign a free agent contract until 2023, but his hometown team Lotte Giants reached out. Han Hyun-hee made a new nest by signing a 3+1 year total of 4 billion won with Lotte. The joys and sorrows of the players who had the controversy over the ‘2021 Corona 19 Sulpan Wave’ were clearly mixed.