Even though his annual salary was cut from 1 billion won to a whopping 950 million won, he did not give up on his active life. Jang Won-jun (38) is now leaving the field without any regrets. This is because after extending his active career at the end of his high school career, he burned the final flame brilliantly by achieving a record of 132 wins and 2,000 innings.
On the 28th, the Doosan Bears said, “132-win pitcher Jang Won-jun is saying goodbye to the professional mound that he has loved for 20 years. The official announcement of the retirement of veteran left-handed pitcher Jang Won-jun, born in 1985, said, “The player recently announced to the club his intention to retire from active duty.”토토사이트
Jang Won-jun graduated from Busan High School and entered the professional ranks through Lotte’s first round selection in the 2004 rookie draft. In 2008, his fifth year as a professional, he achieved his first double-digit win (12 wins), marking the beginning of the legend of 132 wins, followed by 13 wins in 2009, 12 wins in 2010, 15 wins in 2011, and 10 wins in 2014 after serving at the National Police Agency. He signed a free agent contract with Doosan for a total of 8.4 billion won over 4 years.
Jang Won-jun is the person who ushered in the dawn of the Doosan dynasty in the past. In the first year of his transfer, he recorded 12 wins, 12 losses, and an average ERA of 4.08 in 30 games, establishing himself as the number one contributor to ‘V4’ in 14 years. The following year, in 2016, he played an active role with 15 wins, 6 losses, and an ERA of 3.32 in 27 games, taking the lead in winning the championship as a member of the ‘Fantastic Four’. Jang Won-jun recorded 14 wins in 2017 and achieved 10 wins for 8 consecutive years since 2008 when he was with Lotte.
Jang Won-jun has suffered from unexplained slumps and injuries since his fourth year at Doosan. Starting with 24 games, 3 wins, 7 losses, 2 holds, and an ERA of 9.92 in 2018, he only appeared in 6 games in 2019 and 2 games in 2020, truly destroying his pride as an ace. In 2020, he was on the verge of retirement amidst the shock of an average ERA of 12.71 in two games.
Jang Won-jun, who is on the verge of retirement after the 2022 season, appealed his will to extend his active career during a meeting with coach Lee Seung-yeop, who took office in October of last year. Coach Lee, who felt the player’s sincerity, said, “We are short on left-handed pitchers on our team, so I hope he will play a role. It would be a disgrace if a pitcher who won 129 games looked into other teams and it didn’t work out. He accepted the player’s request, saying, “I have no intention of retiring, but I’m not asking you to quit.”
Jang Won-Jun’s first half was called romantic baseball. This is because the pitcher, who had not won for four years from 2019 to last year, showed off his old skills by winning three straight games since the end of May. The highlight was the first game of the season, against Samsung in Jamsil on May 23. He served as a replacement starter for foreign pitcher Dylan Pyle at the time and became the winning pitcher with 7 hits, no walks, 4 strikeouts, and 4 runs in 5 innings, and enjoyed the joy of overcoming 9 pitches for the first time in 5 years.
At the time of Jang Won-jun’s free agency contract, his annual salary was 1 billion won. However, after repeated slumps and the expiration of his four-year contract, his second application for free agency failed, and he was relegated to the situation of trying to make a comeback with an annual salary of 50 million won. His salary fell from 600 million won in 2019, 300 million won in 2020, and 80 million won in 2021 to a virtual minimum of 50 million won.
Still, there was no giving up. Jang Won-jun met with reporters at the scene this year and said, “As I continued to play in the bullpen, I felt regret and regret. “If I quit like this, I would have regrets and regrets, so I thought about not leaving any regrets and regrets this year.” “I didn’t think I would have any regrets about it,” he said, looking back on the past.
At the time, Jang Won-jun, who started as a starter 958 days after the game against SK (now SSG) on October 7, 2020, reported a win 1844 days after the game against LG on May 5, 2018, becoming the 11th player in history and the 4th left-hander to win 130 games in total. achieved. He also achieved his 130th win at 37 years, 9 months, and 22 days, breaking the record for the oldest left-hander to win 130 games, surpassing Hanwha Song Jin-woo (34 years, 4 months, 18 days). Including right-handed pitchers, he was second in history with 130 wins, following KIA’s Lim Chang-yong (42 years, 3 months, 25 days).
Jang Won-Jun did not stop there, but repaid the manager’s faith by pitching 1 run in 5⅓ innings against Hanwha in Jamsil on June 6th and pitching 6 scoreless innings against Changwon NC on the 13th. He minimized the team’s power gap by putting up excellent pitching despite injuries to the starting lineup at the beginning of the season.
Wonjun Jang was no longer associated with victory after the NC game on June 13th. However, whenever there was a hole in the starting rotation, he served as a substitute starter and devoted himself to his team, and as a result, in the final game, against Incheon SSG on October 17, he achieved the milestone of being the 9th player in history to reach 2,000 innings. It was Jang Won-jun who burned the final flame without any regrets.
Jang Won-Jun played in 188 games for 9 years wearing the Doosan uniform, with 47 wins, 42 losses, 1 save, 12 holds, and an ERA of 4.49. His professional career records are 446 games, 132 wins, 119 losses, 1 save, 14 holds, and an earned run average of 4.28.
Jang Won-jun said through the club, “The choice to leave my beloved ground was never easy. However, he made this decision because he thought it was time to quit baseball,” he said. “I am grateful to owner Park Jeong-won, who allowed me to start my second baseball life with a free agent contract and gave me more opportunities when I was having a hard time due to injury.”
He continued, “He feels relieved because he has achieved the final goals he personally set. However, when he thinks of his juniors, he rarely slows down. “There are many talented juniors on our team, so I will support them to train diligently and lead the team to a leap forward,” he said. “I can see the faces of Coach Seung-yeop Lee, the coaching staff, and my colleagues.” It was all thanks to ‘Team Bears’ that we were able to leave with applause until the end. I will never forget for the rest of my life the cheers of the fans who gave me tremendous strength despite my shortcomings. He ended his 20-year professional career with the words, “Thank you so much.”