Gudrum was said to be a utility player… but with 4 wins and 5 losses, he was reduced to a scoundrel.

Posted Posted onSeptember 11, 2023 Comments0

Lotte Giants’ foreign player Nico Goodrum has been reduced to a scoundrel.

Last July, Lotte released Jack Rex and signed Goodrum for $400,000 (500 million won). It was a winning move considering Rex’s poor knee condition. At the time of recruiting Goodrum, the Lotte team introduced him as “capable of both inside and outfield defense.”

He is a multi-player who has played 1,200 and two-thirds innings as a shortstop, 931 and one-third innings as a second baseman, and 84 innings as a third baseman in the U.S. Major League Baseball (MLB). Even in the minor leagues, he was responsible for 2487 innings -752 and two-thirds -1934 innings as a third baseman-second baseman-shortstop. As an outfielder, he pitched 493 1/3 innings in MLB and 732 innings in the minor leagues.

However, in the KBO League, no matter what position you are in, you are anxious. After appearing as a shortstop in the Gocheok Kiwoom game on August 9th and making his first error in the KBO League, he made as many as 11 errors in a month until the 9th. Goodrum recorded 11 errors in 36 games this season. If he played a full season (144 games), he would mathematically make 44 errors. The most errors made by an individual in a single season in KBO League history is 35 by Kim Hye-seong (Kiwoom Heroes) in 2021.

Goodrum played third base against KT Wiz on the 26th of last month and committed three errors in one game. So far, he has recorded 7 errors as a third baseman (238 innings), and 3-1 errors each as a shortstop (43 innings) and second baseman (8 innings).안전놀이터

It was the same in the NC Dinos game on the 9th, his first appearance as a starting second baseman. In the 6th inning, when Lotte was ahead 4-3, with 1 out, 1st and 3rd bases defended, and NC Park Dae-on’s ground ball in front of 2nd baseman, they aimed to win the game at home, but it ended up being a save. As a result, both the batter and the runner advanced, leading to an even bigger crisis.

It was recorded as a fielder’s choice on the score sheet, but Goodrum’s judgment was disappointing. In addition, time was delayed because the ball could not be removed from the glove at once, and the home throw was also missed, so the catcher was unable to attempt a tag. In the end, the follow-up batter walked, leaving the bases loaded with one out, and Lotte allowed Seo Ho-cheol to hit a timely hit for the final two RBIs. Goodrum’s throw home provided the excuse for defeat (score 5-6).

There is also a lot of disappointment in the attack. Goodrum has a batting average of 0.263, 0 home runs, and 20 RBI in 36 games as of the 9th. OPS (on-base percentage + slugging percentage) is only 0.682.

Lotte devoted itself to ‘saving Gudrum’ by inserting him as an outfielder. He released Rex, who renewed his contract for $1.3 million (KRW 1.7 billion), and invested $400,000 more to bring him in, so he cannot just leave him on the bench. However, the more mistakes Gudrum makes, the less hope Lotte has for fall baseball. Lotte, which has a long way to go, only has 4 wins and 5 losses in games where Goodrum made a mistake.


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