The Korea Baseball Organization 먹튀검증 (KBO) will hold a reward and punishment committee (hereinafter referred to as the reward and punishment committee) for three SSG Landers Futures players who committed collective physical punishment and violence. KBO announced on the 18th that “the player will be referred to the reward and punishment committee and will be held behind closed doors at 2 p.m. on the 19th.”

The disciplinary targets are three SSG players, including Lee Won-joon (a pitcher), who assaulted his junior with a bat. The SSG club held its own disciplinary committee on the 13th to release Lee Won-joon (a pitcher) who was involved in the incident.

However, the reward and punishment committee will also punish Lee Won-joon. Whether the players subject to disciplinary action will attend the reward and punishment committee has not yet to be confirmed. The competitors may also make a written explanation.

The incident took place on the 6th at Ganghwa SSG Futures Field in Incheon, where the SSG Futures team training ground is located. Player A called in his juniors, saying that Player B, who joined the team as a rookie this year, was arrogant, and gave them a chance. After finishing, C hit B, who provided the cause, with a baseball bat.

After C’s assault, D, dissatisfied with the group’s abuse, continued to collectively treat his juniors again. Following the group abuse, the second and third additional harms occurred. The Futures team coach noticed that B was abused while checking his physical condition. Player C is Lee Won-joon.

The coach reported it to the club. The club reported it to the KBO Clean Baseball Center. The club later responded to the KBO investigation and decided to resign Lee Won-joon after its own meeting.

Two other players who participated in collective physical punishment will only be disciplined by the KBO Reward and Punishment Committee under the consent of 10 professional baseball teams that prohibit “double punishment.” KBO prohibits additional disciplinary action against the team in addition to disciplinary action by the reward and punishment committee.

Ten clubs agreed on this part to prevent “double punishment” between KBO and the club. Meanwhile, Lee Won-joon was a right-hander who graduated from Yatap High School and was a promising player who was first nominated by the SK Wyverns, the team’s predecessor, in 2017.

He has yet to throw a ball on the first-team mound. Before leaving the club, he pitched 13 innings in three games in the Futures League this season and recorded one win and an ERA of 1.38.

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