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Choo Shin-soo will retire after 2024 season

SSG Landers Choo Shin-soo (41) will retire after the 2024 season.

SSG announced on the 14th, "Choo Shin-soo has decided to retire after finishing his professional baseball career at the end of the 2024 season."

Through the club, Choo Shin-soo said, "I thought a lot with my family during the offseason, and whenever I did, I could see the support of the club and fans, and most of all, the junior players in front of my eyes. I felt that I loved baseball and the team that much, so I thought about my career path with the club," adding, "I think the time has come to end 23 years of playing baseball in the U.S. and Korea since 2001." He added, "Next year's performance is important, but I want to contribute to the team by sharing my experiences and thoughts while training with junior players on the Futures team at any time depending on the team situation."

Choo has signed a minimum annual salary (30 million won) with his club next season, and has decided to donate all of his annual salary as well. He will also become captain for next season at the request of Lee Soon-yong. At a time when Choo is locked in a salary cap, SNS has laid the groundwork for proactively recruiting free agents by signing a minimum annual salary contract for Choo.

The club will provide various fan services in the process of organizing his final days as an active player by respecting Choo's consideration and intention. "We plan to end his career by making meaningful memories with fans, including gifts for uniforms with misspelled autographs, special signing events, and support for amateur baseball," said SSG.

Choo, who debuted in the Major League in 2005, played in 1,652 games and recorded a batting average of 0.275 with 218 homers, 782 RBIs and 157 steals. He joined the KBO League with the creation of the SSG in 2021, and has been a focal point as a veteran. He played 361 games in three seasons with a batting average of 0.260 with 49 homers and 168 RBIs.
Thursday, December 14, 2023
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