At the end of this month, right after the Lunar New Year holiday, 10 KBO league teams are leaving for overseas spring camp. Some teams have already started their squad. Star News publishes a series of interviews with new faces, such as transfer students and rookies, who greet the camp with more determination than anyone else. /Sports Bureau
① ‘KT Man’ Sang-soo Kim “It’s the first time I’ve left Daegu, coach Lee Kang-cheol made a sincere decision”
② ‘He touched the ball in 3 months’ Young-cheol Yoon “He has a light arm and can stretch the ball well”
③ ‘Doosan → Lotte’ Myung-jun Yoon “All The season, maybe the last…”
Veteran pitcher Yoon Myeong-jun (34), who left Doosan and started anew at Lotte, expressed his feelings about the 2023 season.
In a recent interview with Star News, Myung-Jun Yoon said, “When February 1st (Spring Camp begins), I am always excited and nervous.”
On the 20th, the Lotte pitching team departed for Guam, the United States, the spring camp site, through Gimhae International Airport more than 10 days earlier than other players. Yoon Myeong-jun also left with the players even in the midst of a hectic situation due to moving.
He has a different feeling of preparing for the season overseas after a long time. Yoon Myung-jun, who confessed his excitement, expressed his wish,메이저놀이터 “I hope he builds his body as well as he does overseas, so that he can come out in good shape during the season.”
After graduating from Gwangju Dongseong High School and Korea University, Yoon Myeong-jun, who joined Doosan with the 6th overall pick in the 1st round of the 2012 rookie draft, appeared in 389 games, 28 wins, 13 losses, 15 saves, 63 holds, and an average ERA of 4. 43. He has been active in Doosan’s bullpen for several years, achieving three seasons of 10 holds or more.
However, last year, he only played 20 games, and his ERA rose to 8.46. It was a season in which it was possible to obtain FA (free agent) qualifications if the number of registration days was met, but rather, the grades fell. Yoon Myung-jun said, “Personally, it was the most disappointing season,” and looked back, “I had many thoughts and it was difficult.”
As young players such as Jeong Cheol-won (24) came up, Yoon Myung-joon’s chances diminished, and he was eventually released from Doosan after the season. He confessed, “After playing for more than 10 years in the same team, it is difficult for him to leave.”