Jo Sangwoo, “I don’t care about the trade rumors… I’m just thinking about protecting the lead.”

Cho Sang-woo (aged 30, Kiwoom Heroes) was at the center of attention at the end of the first half. This is because there was a rumor (說) that he would be used as a trade card. “I have never heard of this before. I don’t even want to imagine it,” Kiwoom manager Hong Won-ki said. If a key bullpen player leaves, he will have a hard time managing the mound.메이저사이트

The person in charge was calm. “I don’t think we need to pay attention to everything that comes from outside,” Cho told our newspaper after the end of the first half. “I’m just committed to the mission of leading the team and protecting the victory.”

Cho Sang-woo is a representative bullpen pitcher in the KBO League. He recorded 82 saves and 45 holds through the 2021 season by banking on his fastballs and sharp sliders in the 150km/h range. At the Tokyo Olympics held in August 2021, he pitched in six of the seven games (8 1/3 innings) that South Korea played, fulfilling his duties at every important moment.

After completing his military service as a social service worker, Cho Sang-woo returned to the team this season after a hiatus of two seasons (2022-2023). At the beginning of the regular season, he was assigned alternately to the chasing team and the must-win team because he could not regain his past pitching, but he has been performing his duties as a closing pitcher again since the third week of June.

Since settling down, he has been upping his stock price. He made his first save of this season at the Gocheok Lotte Giants game on April 21, and added four more saves without losing a point in the six games he played afterwards. He also won the MVP award in the last week of June, which was selected by Cho A-pharmaceutical and this newspaper on the last three days of the first half (from June 2-4).

During the period, Kiwoom had six wins (one loss) out of seven games. “It feels like it’s been a long time since we received an award at a weekly award ceremony. I was happy that my team (Kium) won a lot after the change of positions. I think it will be an opportunity for me to gain confidence,” said Cho Sang-woo, who played a key role in realizing “Keeping Baseball.”

Jo Sang-woo, who was the closing pitcher for the first time in three years since the first half of 2021, said, “I didn’t pay much attention to my original position. The closing pitcher’s pitching situation is clear, so the preparation process is a little easier. I think I can throw a better ball (thanks to this).”

Cho had 87 saves and 53 holds through the first half of the season. With 13 more saves, he will become the fifth pitcher in the KBO league to surpass 100 saves and 50 holds simultaneously, following Chung Dae-hyun (Samsung Lions head coach), Jung Woo-ram (Hanwha Eagles), Jung Jae-hoon (KIA Tigers pitcher coach), and Lim Chang-min (Samsung).

Cho Sang-woo said, “It’s not time to care about my personal record (because I’m at the bottom of the list), but I think it’s better to quickly achieve 100 saves because making a save means a team win.”

Cho Sang-woo, who has become a 12-year veteran since his debut as a professional player, is also a stimulus to Cho. “It seems that there are more good hitters than certain players. It’s a new pleasure for them to study their strengths and weaknesses and to make sure that they know how to play,” Cho said with a smile.

Cho gave a harsh evaluation of his performance in the first half, saying, “It’s 40 points,” but added, “My physical condition seems to have reached the 80% level now. I want to do better and help my team to perform better in the second half.” Attention is focusing on whether Cho Sang-woo, the returning fireballer, will lead Kiwoom’s counterattack.

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