A total of 241 wins. It is 3rd or 4th with the most active wins. However, it is still the difference between Gwang Hyeon-jong, who has the most wins in active play, and Gwang Hyeon-jong, who is ranked 1st and 2nd. It’s time to light the last flame.
Looking at the KBO League’s active career most wins rankings, the 1st to 4th places are, unfortunately, left-handed pitchers who dominated the era. 1st place is Yang Hyeon-jong (KIA) with 159 wins, 2nd place is Kim Gwang-hyun (SSG) with 149 wins, 3rd place is Jang Won-jun (Doosan) with 129 wins, and 4th place is Cha Woo-chan (Lotte) with 112 wins. Except for them, there is no active pitcher with 100 wins.
Unlike Kwang Hyeon-jong, who prepares for the national team’s last dance at the WBC, Jang Won-joon and Cha Woo-chan’s recent years have been very difficult. Jang Won-jun has already given up on exercising his FA rights several times. It is also an old story that he was called a ‘synonymous with consistency’ with his double-digit multiplier for 8 consecutive years.
Jang Won-joon has not added a single win in 4 years since winning 3 in 2018. At least, the ERA of 3.71 with 1 loss and 6 holds in 27 games in the 2022 season was the best performance in recent years. It’s been a long time since I went down from the full-time selection, and the homework is whether I can find the sharp command and consistency of previous years. Even in his prime, it was a style of winning with command and game management skills rather than speed. 스포츠토토
At one time, there were officials who interpreted that he showed his hope to return as a starting pitcher by playing 4 to 5 innings in the Futures League. However, realistically, it is best if he can play a heavy role in the first-team bullpen. As director Lee Seung-yeop confirmed Jang Won-joon’s will to come back through a direct interview, it seems that he will give him a chance to compete. Failure to do so puts you at risk of retirement.
Cha Woo-chan is downhill after winning 13 games in 2019. From 2020 and 2021, I suffered from residual injuries. In the end, he underwent shoulder surgery in September 2021 and was unable to climb the first team mound in the 2022 season. He appeared in two Futures League games in September, but it was meant to prove he could throw the ball.
In the end, after much consideration, LG excluded Cha Woo-chan from the reserve list. Since the depth of the mound is solid, there was no reason to accompany Cha Woo-chan, who had a risk. However, Lotte, who risked life and death to return to the round of 5, took Cha Woo-chan for an annual salary of 50 million won. There were several teams besides Lotte that wanted to recruit Cha Woo-chan. Although we cannot be certain of his health, it has been confirmed that his experience of finishing 4th in the most active wins is still attractive.
In fact, Lotte does not have a big burden. I didn’t hire Cha Woo-chan, expecting him to be the center of the mound anyway. It’s good if it blows up, and if you don’t recover the previous year’s power, you’ll think it’s okay to break up. He had a lot of bullpen experience during his senior year and Samsung years, but after he leaped to the league’s top class, he was only a starting pitcher. In terms of management, a spare starting pitcher is suitable. It is also of interest how director Larry Sutton will use Cha Woo-chan.
Unlike the 1st and 2nd places, the 3rd and 4th places with the most active wins will be in danger of retirement if they do not solve this year. That’s how desperate the 2023 season is. Jang Won-jun changed the manager, and Cha Woo-chan changed the team. Changes in the environment are evident. Above all, it is known that they cannot retire like this and are full of will to recover. Doosan and Lotte, which are aiming to advance to the top 5, also gain momentum when Jang Won-joon and Cha Woo-chan add their strength.