“When I was young, I was complacent without even realizing it. I thought it would be a good speed limit even if it was over 145 kilometers. It’s a shame, but I’m glad I can make the heart of the flesh now.”
No one knows what is at the end of the effort. Hanwha closer Park Sang-won (30) did so. Through off-season training, he achieved speed improvement that he did not expect. He consistently shot more than 150 kilometers per hour ahead of the age of 30 in the 2023 season. It was a turnaround achieved by a pitcher entering his 30s, not his early 20s.
He finally realized his strong points. “After completing military service, I participated in training at the Baseball Academy that Eom Jung-wook plays. Actually, I didn’t know myself very well before. Everyone said that I was a pitcher with good fastballs, but I was rather confident in breaking balls,” Park said. “I learned what kind of pitcher I am after going to the academy. I was also unsure about my pitching mechanics, but this has been resolved a lot. I trained at the same school this winter,” Park said.
Park will be in charge of full-time from the start to the end of this season. “I have confidence that I had a good off-season. In the past, I thought it was right to let go of the ball in off-season. However, when I asked foreign players, they said that throwing balls during off-season is better for recovery and helps maintain sensitivity,” Park said. “My previous confidence in pitching was in folk balls. Now I have switched to fast balls. As I am confident in my fast balls, if I put the point of the batters in front of me, folk balls will work well,” Park said in expressing his victory.
Park Sang-won said, “I won’t be able to shoot 160km. Still, my speed is steadily rising as I exercise. Now I am confident that I can exceed 150km. When I was young, I was complacent without knowing. I thought it was a good ball even if it came out more than 145km. I’m sorry, but I’m glad that I can make the finishing pitching from this year.” Last year, I was too conscious of the situation. When a strong batter came out, I avoided it without realizing it, but the runners piled up and fought hard. Now I will actively fight like the finish. I will throw the game by clearly distinguishing between the situation I really avoid and the situation I’m playing.” 꽁머니사이트
The team also added meaning to the final season at Hanwha Life Eagles Park. “I still vividly remember 2018. Back then, the stadium was full every day. Everywhere we went, Hanwha fans filled the stadium. “I thought that was natural,” he said. “I will do a good job this year and make many fans come to the stadium. Since it is the last season at Eagles Park, I will revive that feeling then,” he said in anticipation of the 2024 season ending with full attendance.