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Surprising news was delivered two days before the LG Twins' congratulatory ceremony. Go Woo-seok (25) received a request for identity verification from the Major League Baseball office.
On the 15th, the Korea Baseball Organization (KBO) said, "On the 14th, we received a request from the Major League (MLB) Secretariat to check the status of LG Go Woo-seok and Kiwoom Lee Jeong-hoo, and notified that the players in question are members of the LG Twins and Kiwoom Heroes, respectively." He said.
The Major League Baseball office's identity request inquiry literally seeks to confirm the official identity of the player in question.
Therefore, checking the status request does not necessarily guarantee a contract with a major league club.
There were cases. In 2017, a background check was requested for Chung Eui-yoon (retired) and Son A-seop (NC Dinos). However, Chung Eui-yoon and Son A-seop did not sign with a major league club.
Therefore, the request to check the identity of Go Woo-seok cannot necessarily be seen as leading to a contract.
However, it was surprising news within the LG club. This is because no one expected Go Woo-seok’s request for identity verification. Go Woo-seok has also not officially announced his intention to advance to the major leagues.
Moreover, the LG club was currently busy preparing for the congratulatory ceremony to be held on the 17th. Meanwhile, news of Go Woo-seok arrived. According to an official, director Yeom Kyung-yeop was also surprised.
Director Cha Myeong-seok said in a phone call with My Daily, "I was really surprised. I was embarrassed because it was unexpected. First of all, I plan to meet with Go Woo-seok on the afternoon of the 16th to hear the story."
In order for Go Woo-seok to advance to the major leagues, like Lee Jeong-hoo, he must receive permission from the club, that is, LG. The priority is to listen to Go Woo-seok's opinion. If Ko Woo-seok announces his intention to expand overseas, concerns are expected to increase within LG.
Go Woo-seok joined as a first-round pick in 2017 and has been playing as a closer since 2019. He had 354 games, 368⅓ innings, 19 wins, 26
losses, 6 holds, 139 saves, and an ERA of 3.18 over 7 seasons until this season. In the 2022 season, he recorded 42 saves and won the save king title.
He appeared in 44 games this season and recorded 3 wins, 8 losses, 15 saves, and an ERA of 3.68 in 44 innings. From the beginning of the season, he suffered from injuries and showed ups and downs. He showed anxiety ahead of the Korean Series, complaining of back pain, but smiled at the end. He contributed to winning the Korean Series.
Friday, November 17, 2023