Hanwha pitcher Jung Woo-ram (38), who served as the captain for the longest time in the team, expressed his anticipation for the change in the team.
Jung Woo-ram, who debuted in SK (currently SSG) in 2004, was already in his 20th season. In the intervening 19 years, he pitched in 952 games, the most in KBO League history, compiling a record of 64 wins, 46 losses, 197 saves and 137 holds.
Jung Woo-ram has been in the first team as a reliever pitcher since 2005. Excluding the military service period from 2013 to 2014, he pitched more than 40 games in 15 consecutive seasons from 2005 to 2021. Last year, his streak ended when he started only 23 games due to a shoulder injury, but he is the first pitcher to reach 1000 games with 952 games, the most ever in the KBO League.
However, the focus is on his team rather than his own record. It is an unusual case for a pitcher in his 20th year of professional debut to wear an armband.
This is because Hanwha ranked last for three consecutive years until last year, and veteran leadership was needed for change. Jung Woo-ram, who was newly appointed as the captain, led the team and completed the camp safely.메이저놀이터
Jung Woo-ram, who we met at Kochida Stadium on the 8th, said, “In Arizona, I told the players, ‘The best task and goal is to return to Korea after being healthy without injury.’ I plan to prepare to continue,” he said.
From Arizona to Okinawa. During the camp for about 40 days, he said he saw a lot of outstanding players.
Jung Woo-ram said, “It’s hard to pick just one person. More than half of them stand out. I’m trying to refrain from it because it’s a time when I can be excited about ‘I think I’ll do well’ (laugh). I am happy that with the arrival of (Lee) Eun-seong and (Lee) Tae-yang, an atmosphere has been formed where I can lead the team with the existing veterans.”
Certainly, it seemed to be different from the previous year due to the reinforcement of off-season power. Jung Woo-ram said, “To achieve good results, we need the harmony between young players and veterans. When the young players are having a hard time, the team develops more when the veterans can give them strength. The aspect of having such a good balance is positive.” “I am asking the players to exert a little more strength. That way, young players can do their own things without any burden. I am telling them to run more for the team,” he emphasized.
Unfortunately, there is no fixed finish. There is an internal competition. Jung Woo-ram said, “There are many candidates. They are players who will do well if they take charge. It is the reality of our team’s mound that a fixed finish has not been decided. Since we have to play 144 games, the key is whether we can do well for a year. A character who can firmly block it must come out. ) It is difficult to find a player like Seunghwan hyung. I think that experience, mentality, and responsibility must be mature to produce good results. I hope that someone will quickly come up and come up with a player who can say who is the ‘finisher of Hanwha’.” cheered them on
This season, Jung Woo-ram hopes to spend the year well rather than any other goals such as ‘I will escape from the bottom’ or ‘I will finish in several places’.
Jung Woo-ram said, “At the end of the season, I hope it will be a rewarding year where the players themselves can think, ‘I did my best. It was a memorable season.’ “He smiled.