“If I quit after being pushed on my back, wouldn’t I regret it for the rest of my life?”
After finishing last season, the Doosan Bears were in deep trouble over two players as they formed a list of new contract players.
They were Jang Won-joon (38), who transferred as a free agent to Doosan ahead of the 2015 season, and Shin Sung-hyun (33), who came to Doosan from Hanwha Eagles in a 2017 trade.
Jang Won-joon, who made his professional debut in 2004 with the first nomination of the Lotte Giants, won double-digit wins for 8 consecutive years from 2008 to 2017 after transferring to Doosan (excluding the 2012-2013 police baseball team), making his name known as ‘the epitome of persistence’.
In 2015, the first year of transfer to Doosan, he led the Korean Series championship, and in 2016, he won 15 wins (6 losses) and contributed to the combined championship.
He left his name as the best free agent, but since 2018, his physical condition has deteriorated, and in the end, he has not been able to win since 2019.
While his career victory remains at 129, he appeared in 27 games as a relief pitcher last year and recorded an average ERA of 3.71 in 6 holds. 130 wins seemed out of reach.
Shin Seong-hyun, who joined Hanwha as a training player in 2015, showed off his batting ability by recording a batting average of 2.77 and 8 home runs in 89 games in 2016. Doosan recruited catcher Choi Jae-hoon, expecting Shin Sung-hyun to grow into a next-generation right-handed hitter.
At Doosan, Shin Seong-hyeon could hardly find a place. He only hit 4 home runs in 122 games over 6 years starting in 2017.
As the position within the team gradually narrowed, Doosan also began to think about accompanying. As the team finished in ninth place, they parted ways with coach Kim Tae-hyung, who had led the team for the past 8 years, and appointed Lee Seung-yeop as head coach, starting a new game.
As a result, the two were given another chance. 메이저사이트 Coach Lee had a meeting with them right after he took office and strongly felt his will to extend his active career. Director Lee, as a ‘baseball senior’, also hoped that they would not leave any regrets.
Coach Lee said, “I met him because I wanted to know his will as a player, and we had a good conversation. Even if I quit, I was convinced and told him to quit. He said, ‘If I quit because I was pushed back, I’ll regret it for the rest of my life.'”
A hard-earned opportunity. They were also included in the spring camp roster to be held in Sydney, Australia.
Coach Lee said of the spring camp roster, “I want to see a player who seemed to be able to do it but didn’t, who had potential but didn’t explode his potential.”