The Lotte Giants, who started to reinforce their power through massive investments in the offseason, faced major bad news even before the opening of 2023.
On the 23rd, Lotte said, “Pitcher Seo Jun-won was investigated by the police for illegal acts targeting minors, and it was confirmed that he was now transferred to the prosecution. Regardless of whether the prosecution is indicted or not, we have decided to withdraw, which is the highest level of discipline.” “The club acknowledges the player’s negligence in management and will strictly implement gender awareness education in the future to strictly prevent recurrence,” he announced an apology.
Seo Jun-won, from Gyeongnam High School, is a promising player who joined Lotte after receiving the first nomination in 2019. At the time, he was expected to receive a down payment of 350 million won, but he was not perfectly positioned on the first team stage. He went 7-6 with a 5.18 earned run average in 2020, which was a career high. He went 15-23 with 5 saves and an earned run average of 5.56 in 123 career games as he moved between starters and middle.스포츠토토
Lotte classified Seo Jun-won as a major force in 2023. At the end of last year, Seo Jun-won was dispatched to Geelong Korea in the Australian Professional Baseball League (ABL). Then, he digested all of the 1st Guam and 2nd and 3rd training camps in Japan. He was classified as a candidate for the 5 selections with Na Kyun-ahn and Kim Jin-wook. He pitched 5 and 1/3 scoreless innings in the spring camp evaluation game, and pitched 1 and 2/3 innings and 3 scoreless innings in the recent two exhibition games, respectively. His most recent appearance was against the Samsung Lions in Daegu on the 20th.
However, Seo Jun-won returned the uniform and was expelled from the team due to a criminal act.
At the end of last year, Seo Jun-won was booked at Dongnae Police Station in Busan on charges of abduction and luring of minors. The police forwarded the case to the Busan District Prosecutor’s Office without detention. The club was not aware of this, so it put Seo Jun-won into team training and actual matches until recently. As the court dismisses the prosecution’s arrest warrant, Seo Jun-won continues to be investigated without detention. However, the club judged the seriousness of the matter as it committed a crime against minors and decided to release the highest disciplinary measure.
Lotte, which secured funds through a paid-in capital increase of its parent company last fall, made a major investment in off-season FA (free agent), released students, and foreign player renewal contracts. Since 2017, he has ambitiously reinforced his power for the first fall baseball challenge in six years.
Before he could show it properly on the ground, the brakes were applied. They are worried about the sluggish performance from the demonstration game to the lowest place with 1 win, 6 losses and 1 draw. Even before the opening match, an unfortunate incident with a key player broke out. Not only does it reduce power, but it has no choice but to affect the team atmosphere. Even before the start of the full-scale season, bad news was met.