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Hanwha’s Moon Dong-ju ended her season early to prepare for the Asian Games.
Despite his team’s last-place finish, he’s a strong contender for Rookie of the Year.
Reporter Kim Soo-geun got the inside scoop.먹튀검증
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Two outs away from the winning pitcher requirement.
However, as his pitch count exceeded 100, Moon Dong-ju had to leave the mound, and that was the end of his regular season appearance.
It was a game that had been planned from the beginning of the season to prepare for the Asian Games and prevent injuries, but it was the most regrettable.
“It was my last game, so I had a lot of desire to win, but I think I should have taken charge until the fifth inning.”
First professional win in his last appearance last year.
This year, in his second year, he’s been steady from the start.
Eight wins and a 3.72 ERA this season while throwing the second-most innings on the team with no injuries.
He also has the fastest fastball of any Korean player in history at 160 kilometers per hour.
“(This year) I want to give a perfect score, and since I’m not injured, I don’t have any greed for the highest velocity (next year), but I want to raise my average velocity by 1 to 2 km/h.”
On competing for Rookie of the Year with KIA’s Yoon Young-chul.
I’m not greedy, but I have expectations.
“It’s not like I can throw more (this season), so I hope a lot of competitors will come out and compete with me (for Rookie of the Year). I’ll be grateful if I get it.”
For now, he’s only thinking about the Asian Games.
Moon Dong-ju, who is currently working out for Hanwha’s second team, was confident of a fourth consecutive gold medal for Korean baseball.
“If I have the mindset not to lose, I think there will be a good result, and it’s a spot I’ve dreamed of since I was a kid, and I want a gold medal so badly… I think there’s no reason why I can’t do it, and I’ll do my best and throw and come down with no regrets.”