Hwang Jae-gyun (36), who is now playing hard as a “KT man,” told the story behind the past when he moved to the FA (Free Agent).
Hwang Jae-kyun recently appeared on Lee Dae-ho’s YouTube broadcast and reported the situation at the time when he moved to KT Wiz ahead of the 2018 season.
“Hwang Jae-gyun plays really well. He does that a lot when he plays with Lotte,” Lee said. “He does that a lot. Especially when I move to FA or through trade, I have such feelings.”
Hwang joined the Hyundai Unicorns as the 24th overall pick in the third round of the rookie draft in 2006, and then transferred to Lotte through a trade in 2010. Since then, Hwang has become a starting third baseman and kept Lotte’s hot corner. He played a leading role in winning the 2014 Incheon Asian Games and the 2015 Premier 12 championships.헤라카지노
Hwang Jae-kyun, who became an FA after the 2016 season, experienced the big league when he joined the San Francisco Giants of the U.S. Major League Baseball. After spending the 2017 season in the U.S., he moved to KT for a total of 8.8 billion won (down payment of 4.4 billion won, total annual salary of 4.4 billion won) for a four-year contract period ahead of the 2018 season.
Hwang Jae-gyun said, “Three players (Kang) Min-ho, (Son) As-seop and I came out as internal FA from Lotte (preparing the 2018 season). Honestly, how can we catch all three? When I came back from the U.S., I told my agent to go to Busan and meet Lotte. Before that, I got a call from KT, but I was not seeing Lotte because I thought I should talk to Lotte first.”
“The agent entered (the Lotte club), and he called me again in 10 minutes. When I asked why he came out already, he said he would focus on the internal FA and not catch you.” Later, while negotiating with KT, an article came out that Hwang Jae-gyun couldn’t even set up a negotiation table because he wanted a club in the Seoul metropolitan area. Since then, Lotte fans started swearing at me. “He came to my SNS and went crazy. Even if he said no, he didn’t believe me,” he recalled of the past.
“Now, Lotte fans will believe you,” Lee Dae-ho said. “We’re telling you how we feel, so it’s right for you to tell us exactly what you want. Other juniors are also coming here to talk about what’s in their hearts. You really wanted to come to Lotte first, and Lotte always came first in your heart.”
Then, Hwang said, “That’s right. I have been extremely passionate and loved by Lotte fans for the past seven years. It was fun to play baseball with players at Lotte, too. Honestly, Minho and Asop would come before me. It was like that for Lotte back then. I don’t know what Park Jun-hyuk would do now, but it was like that back then.” Recently, Lotte announced a new start by appointing Park Joon-hyuk, the team’s general manager who started as an employee and went through many key positions. It is also the 2024 season when Lotte fans have high expectations for Park, the new leader who is talented and reputable in the baseball community. “That’s why I met a good team called KT after that and I won the title. Now I love being at KT.”