Ha Joo-seok’s annual salary cut, who was naturally, ‘a teacher of self-control on the other hand’

KRW 100 million, a 50.2% cut from last year’s KRW 209 million

The actual salary received is much lower due to suspension of business trips.

Joo-Seok Ha from Hanwha. ⓒ News

For Hanwha Joo-seok Ha, who was a pillar of the team even a year ago, 2022 was literally a nightmare in itself.

On the 26th, the Hanwha Eagles completed salary negotiations for the 2023 season with contract renewal targets. Players who excelled in performance could not avoid the sweetness of pay rises, while players who were against it could not escape the sudden cuts.

The representative player of the latter was, of course, Ha Joo-seok. Ha Joo-seok, who received an annual salary of 209 million last year, earned a stamp on 100 million earned, who earned a whopping 109 million. The amount and discount rate of 50.2% is the highest in the club.

First of all, Ha Joo-seok had nothing to say in terms of personal degrees. Ha Joo-seok played in 125 games last year, recording a .258 batting average, 5 homers, 58 RBI and 20 stolen bases. He was satisfactory in the stolen base category, but the batting average was not good enough to record the lowest since 2018.

Reductions were inevitable, but not to such an extent that they would be seriously breached. But the real problem arose elsewhere.

Ha Joo-seok was displeased with the referee’s decision on a strike during a game last June and protested fiercely, then went into the dugout and threw his helmet away. Because of this, along with a 10-game suspension from the KBO, he had to take time for self-reflection in the second group.

The inappropriate behavior did not stop here. Ha Joo-seok faced the worst situation after a drunk driving incident broke out after the season. Ha Joo-seok will not be able to play 70 games after the start of next season due to disciplinary action and drunk driving by the KBO. In the end, the Hanwha club decided to deprive Ha Joo-seok of the captaincy following a 50% annual salary cut.

Joo-Seok Ha from Hanwha.  ⓒ NewsJoo-Seok Ha from Hanwha. ⓒ News

This is not the only loss that Ha Joo-seok has suffered. The point is that due to the suspension of 70 games, it is impossible to take care of the annual salary of 100 million won.

In the KBO League, only half the amount received for the days not played in the first group, but the actual annual salary of Ha Ju-seok, who will miss 70 games, is reduced from 100 million won to 88.33 million. , a further decrease of 11.67%.

Ha Joo-seok, who was selected as the first overall pick at the time of the rookie draft and was considered the future of Hanwha, failed to meet the expectations of the fans due to his slow growth. After that, Ha Joo-seok became the captain and took a central role in the team, as well as being a role model for his younger players.

However, Ha Joo-seok fell into the abyss due to his unrestrained playfulness and excruciating self-control. No matter how talented you are, if you lack professionalism, you will not be able to hold on to wealth and honor.

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