Cho Sang-woo of the Kiwoom Heroes of the professional baseball league, who is a strong candidate to block Seo Jin-yong (SSG Landers), who has been in the lead in saves throughout this season, will return. As a result, there is a high possibility that the existing competition for the relief king will be broken and the battle for Cho Sang-woo, Seo Jin-yong and Kim Jae-yoon (Samsung Lions) will be reorganized into a three-way match.
It is expected that the Kiwoom closing position will change. Veteran Lim Chang-min, who was in charge of the backdoor policy for this season, has been granted free agent status, and Cho Sang-woo will return. “I frequently checked Cho Sang-woo’s physical condition (who used to be a social service worker) through the management team leader, and he is in a good condition. I have high expectations for him as he is an excellent player,” Kiwoom general manager Ko Hyung-wook said on Monday. “I have presented Lim with conditions of the club. I am in the process of monitoring the negotiations with other teams.” Cho was called off after fulfilling his mandatory military service for one year and nine months on the previous day.헤라카지노
Cho Sang-woo is a “fireballer” who throws fast balls over 155 kilometers per hour. Joining Nexen (the predecessor of Kiwoom) as the first pick in the first round of the 2013 rookie draft, Cho has dominated the league by banking on his powerful pitching that overwhelmed the opponent team’s batters from the following year. Cho has officially taken the closing role since 2019, and made 68 saves during the three seasons before joining the military. In the 2020 season, he garnered five wins, three losses and 33 saves with an ERA of 2.15, beating Won Jong-hyun (then NC Dinos) and Kim Won-joong (Lotte Giants) to rank No. 1 in saves.
Cho Sang-woo is drawing attention as an opponent for Seo Jin-yong, the king of saves in the 2023 season. Seo, who has displayed robust performance with five wins, four losses, 42 saves and an ERA of 2.59 in 69 games, made 40 saves for the first time as a pitcher with the SSG, and made a name for himself in the history of the KBO league as the first pitcher to achieve 30 saves without allowing a tie or reversal in save situations. Seo received the Save Award at the 2023 KBO Awards on April 27, and vowed to “work hard and win the title next year.” Kim Jae-yoon, who is ranked second in saves (32 saves) who joined Samsung as a free agent, is also aiming to become the king of saves.
As Kiwoom’s power has weakened due to the departure of Ahn Woo-jin (college) and Lee Jung-hoo (entering in the U.S.), Cho Sang-woo still has a task to achieve saves in relatively few opportunities. In order for Cho Sang-woo to push out Seo Jin-yong and Kim Jae-yoon, who are “stuck stones,” he has to overcome the team’s unfavorable conditions to get saves.