“Why keep the victory ball?” 16-year veteran overcomes free agency crisis, wins after 325 days that everyone celebrated

Kiwoom Heroes’ Chung Chan-heon (33) picked up his first win of the season after a three-game struggle.

Chung started the game against KT Wiz in the 2023 Shinhan Bank SOL KBO League at KT Wiz Park in Suwon on March 23 and pitched six innings of three-hit ball with one walk and three strikeouts.

Jeong, who declared himself a free agent after the end of last season but failed to find a team by the end of the exhibition games and was on the verge of becoming a free agent, narrowly missed out on a chance to continue playing this season when he re-signed with Kiwoom for two years and 860 million won. At the time of his signing, it looked like it would take him a while to break into the first team, but after being called up on May 29, he went 1-3 with a 3.27 ERA in four games (22 innings), perfectly filling Kiwoom’s troubled fifth starter spot.

After back-to-back six innings of one-run ball in the first two games, which left him on the losing side, Chung earned his first win of the season in just his fourth appearance. It was his first win in 325 days since his victory against Hanwha on July 2 last year.

Kiwoom Heroes’ Chung celebrates his victory with teammates. /OSEN DB

Kiwoom’s teammates welcomed the victorious pitcher for the first time in nearly a year. They waited for him to give a postgame interview, and as soon as the interview ended, they jumped on him and splashed him with water to celebrate his victory. He also took the victory ball and gave it to him. He was embarrassed when his teammates asked him, “Why are you doing this? Why did you keep the ball?” but he was happy to receive it.먹튀검증

In a post-match interview, he said, “The feeling is not that fresh. However, I’m glad that I was able to help the team in the direction of a winning streak when we’re still at the bottom of the table. In the previous match, it wasn’t that I was unlucky, but I think my energy was low. Today, the two-hitter came together well. I have to give a lot of credit to the beasts,” he said after the win.

Now in his 16th year as a professional, Jung has a career record of 49 wins, 56 losses, 28 holds, 46 saves and a 4.76 ERA in 393 games (764 innings) in the KBO. He needs one more win to reach the 50-win plateau in his career.

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