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The will of man is his happiness

1R nomination → FA lost → Retired from independent league, Kang Ri-ho (Kang Yoon-gu) blamed himself rather than regret. and last goodbye

“As a baseball player, my bowl has ended here.” On the afternoon of the 8th, he announced on his personal SNS, “After much consideration, I have decided to retire.”

At the end of Kang Ri-ho’s baseball life, there was a lot of regret. He continued his professional life for 13 years after receiving the first nomination for Woori Heroes (currently Kiwoom) in 2009, and the FA declaration got in the way.

KBO League total 13 seasons, 402 appearances, 638.2 innings, 32 wins, 29 losses, 2 saves, 48 ​​holds, an average ERA of 5.07. In the 2022 season, his last professional year, when he was a member of the Lotte Giants, he posted an earned run average of 5.48 in 29 games and 21.1 innings.

He was noted as a bullpen long relief resource (a pitcher responsible for the longest innings after a starter), but control was a weakness. After all, no team was looking for him after the FA declaration. Afterwards, the path he chose was a ‘re-challenge’ in an independent baseball team.

It was a pitiful situation. In a situation where he could not sign a contract with the so-called ‘FA Mia’ professional club, the only condition for him to continue his career was independent baseball.

However, Kang Ri-ho’s decision to retire was unexpectedly cool. On the same evening, Kang Ri-ho, who had an interview with MHN Sports, said, “I thought it was right to quit. My bowl as a baseball player ended here.”

His self-reproach for his own shortcomings was greater than his regret. In front of the modifier ‘FA missing’, he thought that the situation was caused by his own inadequacies, not unfairness and resentment.

Also, Kang Ri-ho recalled about his professional life, “I didn’t achieve great achievements, but I put a lot of meaning in the experience of risking my life on one thing really hard.”

“The bottom line is that there are many better players than me (professional),” he said.

In independent baseball, Kang Ri-ho’s baseball played a big role in erasing all these regrets. 

He said, “In the professional league, I mainly pitched in the bullpen. The ‘starter’ mound remained in one side of my heart. I felt satisfaction playing as a starting pitcher in an independent league.”

Regarding the independent league players who played the ground until the end like himself, “It is true that there is a shortage compared to the pros. Nevertheless, there are many players with sufficient competitiveness,” he said. “The top independent league teams such as Yeoncheon Miracle and Paju Challengers It is stronger than most Futures teams. That’s why I think pitchers who can throw more than 5 innings against two teams are competitive in the 1st team. I hope that the independent league will be interested in many people.”안전놀이터

If there is any regret left for Kang Ri-ho, it is ‘longing’ for raising the team in his hometown. 

He said, “In fact, I missed Kiwoom when I was in NC and Lotte, where I belonged. My colleagues who played baseball together at Kiwoom gave me unconditional support. I am still grateful.”

Now Kang Ri-ho begins his second life. There is no set itinerary. However, the word firmly engraved on one side of Kang Ri-ho’s chest is ‘fans’ love’.

Kang Ri-ho said, “Thank you for supporting baseball player Kang Ri-ho. I will cherish the support, love, and passionate support you have sent me for a long time. I hope you will always be happy.”

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