Park Kun-woo, who returned to the 1st team after the work-esque controversy ended, “I will play for the team”… Coach Kang In-kwon “must be respected by the players”￼
- on Jul 21, 2023
Park Gun-woo (33, NC), who was down to the 2nd team due to the ‘work ethic’ controversy, returned to the 1st team with the start of the second half.
NC registered outfielder Park Gun-woo as a first-team entry along with infielder Park Min-woo and pitcher Chae Ji-sun ahead of the match against Daejeon Hanwha on the 21st, the first game of the second half. Park Kun-woo, who returned to the first team after 18 days after the entry was canceled on the 3rd, was immediately listed in the starting lineup as the right fielder for the third hitter.
NC coach Kang In-kwon said in an interview with reporters before the game that day, “There are things I want from Park Kun-woo, regardless of personal performance. (If it is Park Gun-woo), I think he is a player who should be loved by fans and respected by players as much as he is.”
Park Gun-woo also stood in front of the reporters and said, “I will work hard for the team in the future. He promised to finish the season well by doing well with his teammates.”
As a result, the controversy over Park Gun-woo’s work style, which caused a lot of gossip after being canceled from the first team entry on the 3rd despite no injury or sluggish performance, was also resolved.
After the Doosan days two years ago, the controversy over the work style reappeared “behavior outside the original team”
On the 2nd, against Suwon KT, Park Gun-woo played as the third hitter right fielder, but was replaced by Choi Jeong-won ahead of the defense in the 8th inning, which was trailing 0-1. As NC gave 4 points in the 8th inning, the game was lost by NC 0-5. Then, on Monday, which was a rest day, he was excluded from the first team entry on the 3rd. At the time, the NC club revealed that it was “not an injury,” raising questions, but coach Kang In-kwon directly explained to the reporters before the Gocheok Kiwoom match on the 4th.
Coach Kang said, “It can be said that the game on Sunday (2nd) was decisive. It is true that Park Gun-woo complained of discomfort here and there during the game last week. He just thinks that as a senior, he has not only skills but also virtues to possess. He has a direction that he wishes he hadn’t acted out of the ‘one team’. It was a big regret in that part,” he said, “I don’t think a player should express his opinion asking for a replacement. He’s not always in good form and can’t keep playing, and bad doesn’t mean he always has to be taken out or on the bench. Principles are important,” he said.
Park Kun-woo had a similar controversy during his time at Doosan. On June 21, 2021, he was suddenly excluded from the 1st team, but Doosan coach Kim Tae-hyung at the time said, “Park Kun-woo was tired and wanted to rest, so he told me to go to the 2nd team and rest well. Baseball is a team sport, so if the atmosphere goes wrong as a player, you have to make a decision. That’s the manager’s role, and that decision is needed now.”
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The team is different, but when something similar happened two years ago, manager Kang In-kwon made the same decision. On the 7th, coach Joong-gang Joong-gang, whose match against Samsung in Changwon was canceled due to rain, confirmed his willingness to atone through an interview with Park Kun-woo. Then, at the All-Star game held in Busan on the 15th, after Park Geon-woo made a hit, a thawing mood was formed when he bent his back at 90 degrees and delivered protective gear to coach Kang, who came out as first base coach. After the All-Star Game, he joined the first team and started preparing for the second half.
Coach Kang said, ahead of the match against Hanwha on the 21st, “I hope that you will understand a little (the part that is difficult to answer) because the interview with Park Gun-woo was conducted separately from the player.” (Park Kun-woo) I think he is a player who should be loved by the fans and respected by the players just as much.” 먹튀검증
Director Kang continued, “I feel that this is an idea that came out of my subconscious. It is important for him to change his mind a little more and do his best for the development of Korean professional baseball in the future.” With this incident as an opportunity, he hoped to become a more mature player.
Park Gun-woo also stood in front of the reporters after training and briefly gave his impressions. He said, “I will work hard for the team in the remaining games. Since he has to keep playing, he will play baseball with the thought that he will do well with his teammates and finish the season well.”