The promise of Doosan’s first starter “If I do well, we will be number one” 

“Last year, if only I did well, the fight in the top 5 would have been a win.”

Choi Won-joon (30), the eldest member of the Doosan Bears domestic starting lineup, is gritting his teeth and focusing on training at an overseas spring camp for the first time in three years. He picks up his pace faster than in previous years and is working hard to show 100% pitch from the opening game.

After completing morning training at Blacktown International Sports Park in Sydney, Australia on the 8th, Choi Won-joon said, “I spoke to pitching coach Jung Jae-hoon and asked him to throw the actual game a little faster.” This is great. I am improving my physical condition at the fastest pace in recent years.”

Choi Won-joon recorded a decent record last year with 8 wins and 13 losses and an ERA of 3.60 in 30 games and 165 innings, but he is in a position that he is not satisfied with himself. In particular, he blames himself for the part where he was sluggish with an average ERA of 4.66, 3 wins and 3 losses in 9 games in July and August, when the fight for the top 5 was in full swing.

Choi Won-joon’s cold self-reflection is that if only he did better, Doosan would not have fallen to 9th place and failed to advance to the postseason in 8 years. He is thoroughly preparing to do his part while the 3 starters following Raul Alcantara and Dylan Pyle are influential this year. 

First of all, Choi Won-joon said, “Last year, when the team situation was not good, it was too bad that I didn’t get better. When I was fighting in the 5th round, if I had endured well, Doosan would have had a chance.” I didn’t have it. I had physical problems and was only motivated. I was in a hurry and collapsed alone.” 안전놀이터

He is always reminding himself of the heavy responsibility as the first Korean starter. Not only does he show leadership to lead young pitchers such as Kwak Bin (23) and Choi Seung-yong (22), but he is well aware that good grades must be supported.

Raul Alcantara, who dominated the league with 20 wins in 2020, returned after two years of Nippon Professional Baseball (NPB), and the new Dylan Pyle is also showing off his powerful pitch during spring camp. Reconstruction believes there is no problem. 

Choi Won-joon said, “Last year, I played the role of a leader among starting pitchers, and this was a very important thing.” I will do well,” he said.

He also emphasized, “Alcantara is a very well-proven player, and the newly joined Dylan is a pitcher that I look forward to a lot from the point of view of me.” .