Will Choi Chung-yeon of the Samsung Lions, who rode a roller coaster in her professional baseball life, start going uphill again? Expectations for this season are rising.
Choong-yeon Choi showed stable pitching in an exhibition game against the LG Twins held at Samsung Lions Park in Daegu on the 15th.
In the top of the 6th inning, chased by 9-7, Choi Choong-yeon, who took the mound for relief with 2nd, 2nd and 3rd base, caught Kim Min-seong with a fly to right field and escaped the crisis. He struck out No. 9 Son Ho-young and finished with a scoreless run. Hold with 1 hit and no runs in 1⅓ innings.스포츠토토
On the 13th, the first day of the demonstration game, Choi Choong-yeon took the mound in the top of the 9th inning with a 3-1 lead against SSG Landers, and after two outs, one hit and two walks brought the bases full, but Kim Jung-min struck out three pitches and recorded a save. .
He doesn’t block perfectly, but his ability to manage without conceding runs in a crisis seems to be returning to what it used to be.
Choi Choong-yeon was once Samsung’s bullpen ace. Choi Choong-yeon, who joined as the first choice in 2016, became a key member of Samsung in 2018, recording 2 wins, 6 losses, 8 saves and 16 holds. And he was selected for the Jakarta-Palembang Asian Games national team and won the gold medal.
Choi Choong-yeon’s roller coaster, which seemed to go up, went downhill at a high speed. On January 24, 2020, drunk driving was caught and he was removed from the field training list, and was punished by a 50-game suspension from the KBO Prize and Punishment Committee, and the club also issued its own disciplinary suspension of 100 games.
He underwent elbow surgery in November 2020, and returned last year, but was unable to show his former self with 1 loss in 38 games and an ERA of 4.70.
Choi Choong-yeon, who worked hard enough to be selected as the MVP at the spring camp held in Okinawa this year, is showing the results of her efforts little by little through her demonstration games.
Choi Choong-yeon said after the game, “I went up in a situation where runners were piled up, but I thought, let’s take one out count and go down, and I threw it without any burden.” It seems,” he said.
Choi Choong-yeon continued, “As much as he gives a lot of opportunities, he will do his best to become a helpful player to the team.”