After losing 4 key players… Discovery of new players is a harvest
From the KS winning team to the PS eliminated team… 11 years after KIA in 2010
The 2021 season of the defending champion NC Dinos ended like this.
The NC warriors who were curiously wielding the ‘execution sword’ could not step into the postseason amid the new coronavirus infection (COVID-19) typhoon and ended 2021.
NC drew 1-1 in the first match of the double header with kt wiz held at Suwon KT Wiz Park on the 28th and lost 2-5 in the second match, so the possibility of an autumn feast disappeared regardless of the remaining match results.
Even if NC wins both of their remaining two games, they cannot beat fifth-placed SSG Landers.
NC’s start this season wasn’t bad.
He succeeded in renewing his contract with ace Drew Luchinsky and key player Aaron Altair, and it was evaluated that he succeeded in strengthening his power by signing Wes Parsons instead of Mike Wright, who did not meet expectations.
As the star star Na Seong-beom also failed to advance to the MLB, NC maintained its winning streak.
NC did well, as expected.
Until June, they had a win rate of over 50% and fought for the top 5.
He continued his stride as the defending champion without showing much difference from the lead.
The accident happened in an unexpected place.
In July, NC caused a stir when it was revealed that the main hitters Park Seok-min, Park Min-woo, Lee Myung-ki, and Kwon Hee-dong were having a drinking party with outsiders at the Seoul expedition dormitory.
After many twists and turns, including being investigated by the police for violating quarantine rules, the players were suspended from participating in 72 games.
NC, whose team atmosphere was greatly damaged by losing four starting players at once, began to shake.
NC recorded a win rate of around 40,000 in August and September, and the rankings began to slide.
Two foreign pitchers and starting pitchers such as Shin Min-hyeok and Song Myeong-ki did their best, and new faces such as infielder Choi Jeong-won and pitcher Ryu Jin-wook played more than expected, but they did not have the strength to lift the team that was once destroyed.
NC competed in the postseason until the end of the season, but failed to get over the final hurdle.
With two games left in the regular season, all hope was lost.
It is the first time in 11 years since the KIA Tigers in 2010 that the winning team of the previous year’s Korean Series failed to advance to the postseason.