Professional baseball SSG Landers pitcher Lee Won-joon (25), who hit his junior with a bat, received a ’72 game suspension’ from the KBO Reward and Punishment Committee.
SSG infielder Lee Ji-yeon (26) and outfielder Choi Sang-min (22) received a 30-game suspension for the group punishment.
The Korea Baseball Organization (KBO) held a reward and punishment committee privately at the Baseball Hall in Dogok-dong, Gangnam-gu, Seoul at 2:00 pm on the 19th.
The disciplinary targets were Lee Won-joon, who hit the thighs of his juniors twice with a bat, Lee Je-yeon, and Choi Sang-min, who were punished collectively.
These three perpetrators directly attended the reward and punishment committee and called themselves.
The incident took place on the 6th at SSG Futures Field in Ganghwa, Incheon, the training ground of the SSG Futures team.
Lee Je-yeon called his juniors together and joked that a new player this year acted arrogantly.
After the fooling around, Lee Won-joon hit the rookie player who had provided the cause with a bat.
After Lee Won-joon’s assault, Choi Sang-min, who was dissatisfied with the group’s harsh behavior, continued to make fun of his juniors as a group.
A chain of violence followed in which the victim became the perpetrator.
The coach of the Future Steam accidentally checked B’s physical condition and later found out about the harsh behavior of the players and reported it to the club, and the SSG club reported it to the KBO Clean Baseball Center.
SSG expelled Lee Won-joon before the KBO held a reward and punishment committee.
The KBO prohibits additional disciplinary actions by clubs other than those of the disciplinary committee. 10 clubs have agreed to prevent the KBO and clubs’double punishment’.
However, it was interpreted that the release was not a ‘double punishment’.
On the 13th, the SSG club said, “The club judged that this issue was a serious issue that hindered the development of professional baseball.”
On the 13th, SSG removed Won-Jun Lee from the team and requested the KBO to announce Won-Jun Lee’s waiver.
The KBO decided to go through the waiver disclosure process when the ‘KBO-level disciplinary action’ is confirmed by the reward and punishment committee. Lee Won-joon is expected to announce a waiver soon.
Lee Ji-yeon and Choi Sang-min, who made a fool of themselves, do not receive any additional disciplinary action other than those set by the KBO’s punishment and punishment committee.
The KBO only issued a warning to the SSG club, saying, “I immediately reported it to the Clean Baseball Center after recognizing the issue, and actively cooperated with follow-up measures.”
In Article 151 [Damage of Dignity] of the Baseball Regulations, the KBO defined the level of punishment for ‘violence’ as ‘suspension of participating activities for more than 2 months, suspension of business trips for more than 50 games, or a penalty of 5 million won or more’.
The KBO Punishment and Punishment Committee issued a suspension of 30 games for Lee Won-joon, who was ‘violent using a bat’, for 70 games, and Lee Je-yeon and Choi Sang-min, who did not use physical violence, and Choi Sang-min, which was lower than the ‘violence’ discipline.
Pitcher Lee Won-joon, who joined the team as the first nomination in 2017 with a strong physique of 190 cm tall and 98 kg in weight, was discharged in disgrace and was also disciplined by the KBO.
Lee Won-joon appeared in a total of 22 games in the 2018-2020 season in the first team, and was sluggish with 3 losses and an average ERA of 11.72. He pitched well in the Futures (2nd team) league this year with 1 win in 3 games and an average ERA of 1.38, but the possibility of getting back on the mound is very small.
Even if he gets a new team, he won’t be able to play for 72 games after signing.
In his personal career, the 1st team has only 8 matches, but Lee Ji-yeon, who participated in 41 games in the 2nd group this year and raised a batting average of 0.276, aiming to enter the 1st team, was also labeled a’collective punishment perpetrator’.안전놀이터
Choi Sang-min played in 35 games in the first team this year and raised his batting average to 0.245. He was a player who was always mentioned as a ‘call-up candidate’ when there was a vacancy in the first team outfield, but he lost his ‘fan spirit’ due to this incident.