The 130 wins that all the Bears were desperate for… Jang Won-jun, who fulfilled his long-cherished wish, “I will throw only after seeing the mitt, and I will not regret it even if I hit a home run on the first pitch”
Doosan Bears left-handed veteran Jang Won-joon finally fulfilled his long-cherished wish. This is why he has reached the height of 130 wins in his personal career with a winning pitcher in 1,844 days.
On May 23, Jang Won-jun started against the Jamsil Samsung Lions and contributed to the team’s 7-5 victory with 7 hits, 4 strikeouts and 4 runs in 5 innings.
Jang Won-joon, who had a clean start in the first inning of the day with a tripartite offense, immediately fell into crisis at the beginning of the second inning. Jang Won-joon gave consecutive hits to Pirella and Kang Min-ho in the beginning of the second inning, then allowed a bunt hit to Kang Han-wool in a safe first and third base situation. In the process, first baseman Yang Seok-hwan threw a bad throw, and the third base runner came home and tied the score 1:1.
In the ensuing 1st, 1st and 3rd bases, Jang Won-jun was hit by Kim Tae-goon in the infield and scored the 2nd run. He also allowed follow-up hitter Lee Jae-hyun to hit a triple at the right time with two RBIs and even allowed an additional run.
In a situation where it was overturned 1 to 4, the Doosan lineup gained strength. After one run at the end of the 3rd inning, Doosan started the chase with Lohas’ 2 RBIs and a timely double with a 1 out 1st and 2nd base opportunity made with consecutive hits. Following Kim Jae-hwan’s 1 RBI double at the right time to tie the score, Song Seung-hwan’s 1 RBI reversed the timely double.
Jang Won-jun climbed the mound in the beginning of the 4th inning and took a step towards the winning pitcher. Jang Won-joon was hit by lead batter Oh Jae-il in the beginning of the 4th inning, but induced a double hit by follow-up batter Kim Tae-gun. Jang Won-jun finished the inning with a pitcher’s floating ball he caught against Lee Jae-hyun.
In the last inning at the beginning of the 5th inning, Jang Won-Jun caught lead batter Kim Ji-Chan by striking out on a swing, and then guided Kim Hyeon-Jun and Koo Ja-Wook to ground balls to meet the winning pitcher requirements. Doosan secured Jang Won-joon’s personal career of 130 wins by mobilizing all of Pil Seung-jo’s pitching team with an additional goal at the end of the 6th inning.
After the game, coach Lee Seung-yeop said, “Starting pitcher Jang Won-joon played a big role in the first appearance of the season. He completely blocked the rest of the innings except for the second inning with his skillful pitching. Congratulations on reaching 130 wins. The fielders came together to win the starting pitcher’s first pitcher. After the 2nd out, the concentration was very good, and from 1st to 9th, everyone did their part in their position.”
Jang Won-joon, who received congratulatory water baptism from his juniors and met with reporters, said, “I didn’t think about being the winning pitcher, but I thought I would focus on my role and hold on until the 5th inning as much as possible with the minimum run. He seems to have become a winning pitcher thanks to the team’s batting line that showed concentration and scored. He was stubborn in the middle and had no intention of defending the mound. He pitched as aggressively as possible with the thought of making a result by matching the bat rather than running away.”
The scene where he worked together again after 5 years with Yang Eui-ji, who returned to Doosan, was also meaningful. Jang Won-joon said, “It’s been a while since I worked with (Yang) Will. Maybe that’s why today, I only believed in the sign of my will and threw the ball looking only at the mitt. Also, in the 2nd team, coach Kwon Myung-chul recommended a two-seam fastball, but it started to work well after practicing. Today, it seems that the two-seam fastball thrown according to the will sign worked well,” he smiled.
It took 1,844 days for Jang Won-jun to achieve 130 wins in his personal career. In the meantime, Jang Won-joon has repeatedly suffered from injuries and sluggishness for a long time, and has also stood on the verge of retiring from his active career.
Jang Won-joon said, “As I fell into a long slump, I completely lost the pitching balance I originally had. It took too long to get it back. In my current physical condition, the previous pitching balance is not coming out, but as I kept chasing after that, it had a rather negative effect. Now, there has been a slight change in the pitching stance. He doesn’t forcefully raise his arm, he just throws it as it comes up naturally.”
Jang Won-joon is the 11th player in KBO history and the 4th left-hander to reach 130 personal wins. He tied for 10th place with the most wins ever, and also achieved a new record of 130 wins (37 years, 9 months, 22 days, the previous oldest Hanwha Song Jin-woo, 34 years, 4 months, 18 days) as the oldest left-hander ever. Now, in front of Jang Won-jun’s eyes, Bae Young-soo holds the record for the most starting wins (131 wins) in his personal career.
Jang Won-joon said, “I feel relieved to have achieved 130 wins. He had the idea of trying the starting pitcher once and if it didn’t work, he would quit. He threw it without regret anyway, thanks to the coach giving him a chance. He felt more nervous and nervous in the process of preparing because he thought there would be no next opportunity. Now there is no next target at all. It’s my role right now and my remaining goal is to just throw pitches that will help the team win, one by one, in the position the team wants.”
Lastly, Jang Won-joon said,안전놀이터 “In the past few years, I’ve been throwing things out of the bullpen, and I’ve been left with regrets and regrets. If he quit like this, he would definitely regret it, so he prepared this season with the thought of not leaving any regrets or regrets unconditionally. He thinks it’s better to hit a home run by throwing it in the middle of the first pitch than if he can’t throw my ball on the mound. Only then will I be able to think that my work is not working and quit without any regrets.”