Jang Won-jun’s “Best Effort Instead of Greed” for Each Ball”

June 14, 2023 0 Comments

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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.

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“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.

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“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.

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“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.

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“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.

[Jang Won-joon/Dusan]
“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.”

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