Choo Shin-soo (39), a "Chuchu Train," will land in Incheon on the Shinsegae Lake.
Shinsegae Group announced on the 23rd that it signed a contract with Choo Shin-soo, a free agent in the major leagues, for an annual salary of 2.7 billion won.
Choo decided to use 1 billion won of his annual salary for social contribution activities. The specific social contribution activities plan will be discussed with the club.
SK Wyverns has named Choo Shin-soo as the first player in the special overseas name held on April 2, 2007, and Shinsegae Group, which acquired SK Wyverns, succeeded in recruiting Choo Shin-soo as the first player of Shinsegae baseball team.
Shinsegae Group has been listening to the voices of Incheon baseball fans who want to recruit Choo Shin-soo since the decision to acquire the baseball team, and said that they have signed a final contract as a result of actively promoting recruitment through the baseball team.
The Shinsegae Group focused on Choo's successful career, sincerity and steadyness in 16 years of his major league career. Here, we highly evaluated the quality of Korean Big Rigger, which was shown on and off the ground, such as leadership in the team, reputation of colleagues, and continuous donation activities.
Shinsegae Group said that Choo Shin-soo's recruitment will not only provide more fun games for professional baseball fans, but also will contribute to regaining the reputation of a prestigious club.
Choo Shin-soo's interest has continued since Min Kyung-sam, the head of SK Wyverns, met Choo Shin-soo in the United States shortly after the special designation of overseas companies in 2007.
Shinsegae Group expressed interest in sending several times to Choo Shin-soo immediately after deciding to acquire the baseball team in January of this year, and has been in full-scale negotiations through the baseball team since last week.
Choo Shin-soo also received good conditions in the major leagues, but added that he knew that he accepted the proposal of Shinsegae Group because of his strong desire to play in the KBO league.
Choo Shin-soo, who entered the United 스포츠중계 States in 2001 after graduating from Busan High School, has made a brilliant career in the major leagues through the Seattle Mariners, Cleveland Indians, Cincinnati Reds and Texas Rangers.
He has played in 1,652 major league games, batting .275, 1,671 hits, 218 homers, 782 RBIs, 961 points and 157 steals.
He recorded the first .3-20 homerun-20 steal (2009) for Asian players and the first cycling hit (2015) for Asian batters, and achieved three careers for 20 homeruns-20 steals, which are rated as a standard by the Hotajun.
He was named the first All-Star of his career in 2018 and currently holds the record for most home runs (218) and most RBIs (782) by an Asian hitter.
After finishing the contract, Choo said, "I finished the season with an injury last year, but thankfully, I made a proposal on good terms with a few major league teams. However, it was always difficult to erase the longing for the KBO league in my mind. "In the meantime, I was worried because it was a decision to become a new biography of baseball life. In the meantime, Shinsegae Group's direction and sincerity became a great force in decision making. "He said.
He also said, "I am deeply grateful to Shinsegae Group and its officials for their efforts to recruit. I don’t know how far the end of baseball’s life will be, but I want to make sure that I promise to show my fans how to do my best on the ground. I have not decided yet, but I will greet you soon through a team called Shinsegae. "
Choo will return to Incheon International Airport at 5:35 pm on the 25th, and will have a brief press conference at the airport immediately after arrival.
After the press conference, he will go on a two-week self-defense course and join the team immediately after completing the self-defense.