Choi Jun-yong of the Lotte Giants had the best month in April last year. In the first game of the season, he scored 2 innings and 1 run, and suffered the yoke of defeat, but ‘long-haired closer’ Kim Won-joong could not join the opening entry due to injury, and he perfectly digested the heavy duty of ‘finishing’. Choi Jun-yong pitched in 13 games (14⅔ innings) and fought back with 9 saves and an average ERA of 1.23.
While continuing the momentum of the 2021 season, his sluggishness came suddenly. Choi Jun-yong struggled greatly with 3 losses, 2 holds, 2 saves and an average ERA of 6.35 in 10 games (11⅓ innings) in May. In June, despite 1 win, 1 hold and 3 saves, his ERA was not very good at 5.68. And he hardly rebounded in July or August, and even had a hiatus due to an injury.
However, Choi Jun-yong resurrected at the end of the season. He struggled to regain his old form, making fine adjustments. As a result, he recorded an average ERA of 2.84 with 1 hold in 12 games in September, then appeared in 4 games in October and marked 1 win with an average ERA of 2.45. left
Choi Jun-yong prepared for the 2023 season by training much more than usual at the spring camp held in Guam. Choi Jun-yong, who contacted ‘My Daily’, said, “In the first spring camp, I focused on increasing my physical strength rather than technical training, and I paid a lot of attention to lower body exercises.”
Last year, Choi Jun-yong prepared to transform into a starting pitcher ahead of the opening game, and it was a year in which he accumulated a lot of experience, such as taking on the role of a closer due to Kim Won-joong’s sudden injury. However, in terms of his grades, there was no choice but to remain regretful. Choi Jun-yong said, “It was regrettable that he did not do well last year. He may not be able to consistently produce the results of April, but he is trying to reduce the ups and downs.”
Choi Jun-yong has never experienced a fall stage since wearing the Lotte uniform. Lotte, which has not been able to step on the postseason stage since the 017 season, has greatly improved its power through bold investments in the offseason. I haven’t opened the lid yet, but the ‘morale’ of the players who have watched the club during the offseason has risen significantly.
Choi Jun-yong said, “At the first camp, senior Yoo Kang-nam said, ‘You can throw it with a bound, my brother will block it all’, giving me a sense of stability.” Only 5 out of 10 teams can go to the postseason. This year, we really want to try it once.”
This is Choi Jun-yong, who was put on the list of returnees after the first camp to check his physical condition in Korea due to a history of injury in the past. Coach Larry Sutton gave him a thumbs up, saying, “He was in great shape in live pitching.” Choi Jun-yong, who took a short break in Korea, will move to Okinawa, Japan, where the 3rd spring camp will be held on the 27th, and will enhance his real sense of practice through practice matches with KBO league teams. 메이저사이트
Choi Jun-yong said, “I’m trying to throw again with the feeling of the good times in the past, so I will pay a lot of attention to pitching balance in Okinawa.” My goals are to record 30 innings and 30 holds and to qualify for the Asian Games national team. If I do my job well, I think everyone will follow suit,” he clenched his fists tightly.