Did you ‘unplay’ because of ‘back money’… Looking back, Jang Jeong-seok’s behavior was incomprehensible
Last winter, a strange air flow was formed between the KIA Tigers and Park Dong-won, who obtained the qualification as a free agent (FA안전놀이터) for the first time in his life. KIA, which was hoping to renew the contract with Park Dong-won, publicly expressed its regret at the situation where no answer came back, and Park Dong-won kept silent.
Of course, I could feel sorry for him. This is why KIA, which had made home improvement a top priority, traded infielder Kim Tae-jin, the 2nd round of the rookie draft, and 1 billion won in cash in order to embrace Park Dong-won, who was about to qualify as a free agent.
KIA, which expected to accompany Park Dong-won for a long time, has been pushing for a ‘long-term contract’ since the regular season was in full swing before he obtained FA qualification. But Park Dong-won was cautious. It was because he could have been offered a contract with good terms in the free agent market. Conversely, the condition presented by KIA did not capture Park Dong-won’s heart.
A problem arose in this process. Jang Jeong-seok, former general manager, asked Park Dong-won for ‘back money’. As he has built a kite as a manager and player since his days as Heroes, the story could have come out as a light joke. However, Jang Jeong-seok’s ‘back money’ remarks did not stop at one time. It came up twice in the process of talking about long-term contracts. Park Dong-won felt that Jang Jeong-seok’s remarks were unusual, and proceeded with the recording.
After the season, the process of free agency negotiations was obviously not smooth. Director Jang Jeong-seok, who insisted on meeting Park Dong-won, openly expressed his regret when he did not give them the answer they wanted despite not being able to present a scale sufficient to capture his heart. In terms of circumstances, it can be seen that he hoped to receive the amount through a conversation with Park Dong-won, as he asked for “back money” twice during the season.
Quite a bit of time passed, but Park Dong-won never took the actions of general manager Jang Jeong-seok lightly. Park Dong-won requested help from the Korea Professional Baseball Players Association (Athletes’ Association) with a recording of Jang Jeong-seok’s request for ‘back money’. It was judged that if Jang Jeong-seok, general manager, continued to hold a high-ranking position in the club, other victims could occur.
KIA, which encountered the situation, also moved quickly. On the 28th at 4:00 pm, KIA conveyed its intention to hold a reward and punishment committee to Jang Jeong-seok, and held a reward and punishment committee at 10:00 am on the 29th. And the decision was made to dismiss manager Jang Jeong-seok. The KIA announced, “We decided that the wrong behavior of asking for money and valuables during negotiations with our players for any reason, regardless of the fact, was unacceptable, so we took the final dismissal.”