On the 29th, KT Wiz Kim Sang-soo left for Arizona, USA, a spring camp training site, via Incheon International Airport. Kim Sang-soo, 안전놀이터 who was a free agent in November of last year, entered into a new nest by signing a 4-year contract with KT for a total of 2.9 billion won.
Kim Sang-soo, who we met before leaving the country, said, “I went to the United States for the first time after going to Okinawa every time. There are some awkwardness because I came from another team, but I think time will solve these parts.”
Kim Sang-soo, who made his pro debut after being nominated for the first round by the Samsung Lions in 2009, played 14 years in the Lion Corps alone. His professional career average was .271 with 55 home runs, 549 RBIs and 251 stolen bases in 1552 games. In particular, he contributed to Samsung’s 4 consecutive championships from 2011 to 2014.
Kim Sang-soo, who is about to start anew at KT, said, “I moved, and everything is a new change for me. I didn’t want to make a big change in other areas. I’m trying to stick to my existing routine.”
Kim Sang-soo is slowly trying to melt into KT. “Approaching young players means talking a lot first, but I don’t know their tendency yet. I think I need time to adapt first. I will gradually approach my juniors.”
During the Samsung Dynasty, Kim Sang-soo was active as a starting shortstop, but since 2019 he has mainly been in charge of second base defense. However, he returned to shortstop from the second half of last season.
Kim Sang-soo said, “I think I need to do a lot of defensive training. I saw a shortstop in the second half of last year, but there is still a gap.
The reason why KT recruited Kim Sang-soo is clear. Shim Woo-jun, who played shortstop last year, enlisted in Sangmu this year. Kim Sang-soo must fill the vacancy.
Kim Sang-soo said, “(Sim) Woo-jun, who was in the past, showed a lot of good things in defense. I have to prepare well so that there is no gap like that. I am confident,” he said.