“I have no choice but to work harder.”
Jeong Hae-young (22), the closer pitcher for the KIA Tigers, dreamed of a powerful leap forward. He vowed to improve further by teaching him to drop out of the 2023 World Baseball Classic (WBC) entry.
Jung Hae-young has been the team’s closer since 2021. He stood out from his first year, when he started his full-fledged finisher life. He posted a 2.20 earned run average in 64 games and 34 saves in 65⅓ innings, which was third in the league in saves. The following year, he was equally third in the league in saves with a 3.38 earned run average in 55 games, 32 saves, and 56 innings.
Even at a young age, he attracted attention with his strong pitch, stable control, and courageous pitching enough to serve as a closer. He has also been a close pitcher for two years, proving his excellent skills enough to be reborn as a beast, not a baby tiger.
Naturally, a new record is expected to be achieved. Jung Hae-young, who recorded 67 saves in three years from his debut season, can rewrite the KBO league’s youngest 100 save record (Oh Seung-hwan, 23 years, 10 months, 10 days) by adding his 33 saves. He is showing his excellent skills and high growth potential.
I could also aim to get on the national team, but unfortunately, I didn’t reach it. Jung Hae-young did not make it into the final 30 WBC entries announced by the KBO. This situation could have been a bit disappointing, as he has developed into one of the best closers in the league.
Jung Hae-young said, “I can’t help it because I lacked a lot. 안전놀이터 The hyungs and seniors selected for the national team are not inferior to me. Rather, it is much better. So I got to admit it. I have no choice but to work harder,” he said.
“(The 2022 Hangzhou Asian Games) try not to be conscious. If you are conscious, you may come out with an overface. First of all, try not to get hurt. Then, I think the record will follow.”
Jung Hae-young tries to use dropping out of the national team as a foundation for growth. At this spring camp, I set a goal to be able to throw my main weapon slider and forkball more perfectly.
Jung Hae-young said, “I think to throw the slider and the two fork balls more perfectly. I think it will be easier to fight against others if I make it more accurate and better than now. I will have to practice fastballs at camp, but I think I will have to throw a lot with an emphasis on breaking balls.”