Amidst the Korea Baseball League Playoff one NC Dino player will not come back to the team next year. According to the KBO, NC DInos Infielder Park Sok-min is Retiring after a long and prosperous career. However, his retirement ceremony will not take place until the end of the postseason.
Park Sok-min has been playing in the KBO for 18 seasons with several noteworthy achievements. According to baseball betting statistics, he will leave the KBO after having 269 home runs in his career. Furthermore, he statistics over 18 seasons are 1,041 RBI, and a .287/.402/.491 line in 1,697 games.
However, due to several injuries, he was taken off the active roster in July of 2023. Therefore, he will be finishing the 2023 season with a 0.190 at bat record over 30 games.
NC Dinos Infielder Park Sok-min s is Retiring after Many Achievements
Park Sok-min began his career as a professional baseball player after being eligible for the 2004 KBO draft. In addition, he was chosen by the Samsung Lions in the first-round draft. Unfortunately, he did not meet their expectations and was a backup infielder during the whole season. It was not until 2008 that Park Sok-min’s potential began to shine as the starting third baseman for the Lions.
According to online sports betting websites, he won 2 Golden Gloves for the best player. The first one was in 2014 and his second Golden Glove Award was in 2015 while playing with the Lions.
After 10 years playing with the Samsung Lions, and winning 5 Korean Series title, he became a free agent. To the joy of many gamblers who bet on the NC Dinos, he became part of their team in 2016. Furthermore, his contract with the NC Dinos was the most expensive contract for a third baseman in KBO history. This is because it was a 4-year contract worth $8.12 million.
One of his achievements with the NC Dinos, is helping them win their first ever championship in 2020. According to baseball experts, his biggest strength was his ability to consistently hit 20 or more homeruns in a season. This also includes hitting 90 plus RBI during his peak. Furthermore, he is also one of the leaders in the KBO for walks and on-base percentage during a few seasons.
During the COVID pandemic, his worth as a player took hit. This is because of a 72-game suspension for violating social distancing rules. Thus, he played on 59 games that year and 16 in 2022 as younger players took over his role.
Currently, the NC Dinos are 1-0 in the 2023 Korean Playoff Series after winning 9-5 against the KT Wiz.