Jang Won-jun’s “Best Effort Instead of Greed” for Each Ball”
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Jang Won-jun, a veteran pitcher for the Korean baseball team Doosan, won his third straight game yesterday.
What’s the secret to his success after years of bad luck?
Kim Soo-geun reports.스포츠토토
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Jang Won-jun’s hot streak was no fluke.
He pitched like a 20-year veteran last week against SSG to snap a three-game winning streak for the NC.
He gave up runners in the first and second innings, but conserved his pitch count by throwing back-to-back shutouts.
He shut down the NC bats with his fastball instead of his changeup.
Threw a season-high six innings, allowing no runs.
Jang Won-jun, who took a whopping 1,844 days to add a win to his 129 career wins, has added two more in the last eight days to move one step closer to ninth place on the all-time wins list with 132 career wins.
“I think it’s because I’ve been having good results that I’ve been able to keep pitching with more confidence.”
In his first appearance against his brother-in-law, Park Geon-woo, who had attracted a lot of attention, he was able to get the kill.
“Even if you try not to care, you can’t help but care, and I told (my brother-in-law) not to try to look up to him and just compete, but I think I came out on top anyway.”
His self-proclaimed secret weapon: a two-seam fastball.
In three starts this year, he’s thrown half his pitches just two-seam.
It’s paid off, as he’s generated a lot of ground balls even with a top velocity of 141 mph.
“Coach Kwon Myung-cheol (second team) recommended throwing two-seam, but since there is a lot of movement, it seems to be inducing a lot of ground balls as it hits the hitters’ bats a little bit.”
Jang Won-jun says he had a lot of worries over the past four seasons, when he didn’t win a single game.
“There were times when I threw two boxes of balls a day, and there were times when I just took a week off and didn’t do anything… In hindsight, I think I was chased a little too much.”
Jang Won-jun faced a never-ending downhill slide from being the best left-handed pitcher in the league.
I’m letting go of all my greed and thinking about the importance of each ball.
“I thought a lot about it, and I want to remain as a player who tried his best, and I want to remain as a player who tried his best in every game.”