‘Excluding training → Fine punishment’…First pitching 151km, first overall rookie, why did he become the main character of controversy

Hanwha rookie pitcher Kim Seo-hyun (19) was suspended from training due to controversy over social media (SNS) during spring camp. The brakes were put on the pro adaptation of the ‘super rookie’. 스포츠토토

Kim Seo-hyun could not participate in Hanwha’s camp training held at Bell Bank Park in Mesa, Arizona, the United States on the 7th (hereinafter Korean time). He went out to the baseball field and went back to the dorm, and from that day on, he has been self-refusing at the dorm.

Previously, on the 6th, in the baseball community, a post posted by Kim Seo-hyun on his SNS sub-account in January was leaked, but the content was inappropriate. The Hanwha team asked reporters for an embargo on the 7th, but the embargo was released on the 8th.

An official from the Hanwha club explained, “Kim Seo-hyun posted inappropriate posts on social media, such as disrespecting fans, and was excluded from group training for three days from the 6th local time.” He will miss training on the 7th, 8th and 10th Korean time. The 9th is team rest day.

Head coach Subero, who made the above decision, said, “I asked the player himself if it was true regarding Kim Seo-hyun’s SNS activity, which has recently been controversial, and the player admitted that it was his own writing.” “I want to say that there is no player greater than the team. . In the hope that young Kim Seo-hyun would learn and realize something through this mistake, he decided to punish by communicating with the front desk.”

A three-day training suspension is followed by a fine. An official from the Hanwha club said, “We plan to impose a fine according to the internal rules. He is discussing it,” he revealed. Follow-up actions will be forthcoming.

Kim Seo-hyun was nominated by Hanwha as the first overall pick in the 2023 rookie draft and signed with a down payment of 500 million won. He throws a fastball with a maximum speed of 157 km and throws irregularly with two pitching forms of sidearm and three quarters.

He made his first bullpen pitching at camp on the 6th, and even though he threw with 70-80% power, he recorded a fast speed of 151 km at best. It was faster than foreign pitchers Pena (maximum velocity of 147 km) and Smith (maximum velocity of 149 km) who pitched together in the bullpen that day.

Together with Moon Dong-ju, a one-year senior who joined in 2022, as a 155km fireball duo, expectations were raised as ‘Hanwha’s future’. However, due to the SNS controversy, he was punished by a fine following the disciplinary action of training exclusion.

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