Lions veteran catcher Jin to become analystThe Samsung Lions said on Thursday that veteran catcher Jin Kab-yong will retire as a player and begin working as an analyst for the team.
The Lions said that Jin, 41, will be still registered as a player until this season in the Korea Baseball Organization (KBO) but will not be wearing masks at the home plate. His official retirement ceremony will be held at the end of this season.
Jin said his decision was for the team and its younger players. He last appeared for the Lions on June 6. Lee Ji-young and Lee Heung-ryun have been filling in for his position.
After graduating from Korea University, Jin made his professional debut in 1997 with the OB Bears (now Doosan Bears) and was traded to the Lions in 1999. He will end his 19-year career with 1,823 games, collecting a .276 batting average, 154 home runs and 753 RBIs.
Jin has three Golden Glove awards (2002, 2005 and 2006). He is the oldest player in the KBO to hit a home run at the age of 41 years and 6 days.
He was also a member of the national team that won a gold medal in the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics.
BY JOO KYUNG-DON [firstname.lastname@example.org]