“I was more excited than nervous.”
These are the words Park Myeong-geun (19, LG Twins) said after making his first save in the game against Changwon NC Dinos on the 3rd.
On this day, Park Myeong-geun took the mound at the bottom of the ninth inning, leading 2-1, and protected the team’s victory with a perfect inning. Finishing pitcher Go Woo-seok left due to injury, and Pil Seung-jo Lee Jung-yong and Jung Woo-young were not in perfect condition, so it was a valuable save. Following his debut victory the day before, he completed an unforgettable day for two days in a row. After the game, he thanked, “I didn’t know how to win and save in such a short time. I think there was such a good result because the coach actively used it.”
Park Myeong-geun, who graduated from Raon High School, wore an LG uniform with the 27th overall ranking in the 3rd round of the 2023 rookie draft. He made an impression on coach Yeom Kyung-yeop while going through an exhibition game with the US spring camp. After being selected for the opening game, he appeared in 13 games (one starting game) until the 3rd, recording 1 win, 2 holds, 1 save and an average ERA of 3.86. In his first four games of the season, his earned run average was high at 10.38 (7 runs in 4 1/3 innings, 5 earned runs). However, in his 9 games since then his earned run average is ‘0’. He did not give up a single run in 7 1/2 innings. During this period, his WHIP per inning was 0.82. He adds to the power of the bullpen with a 180 degree change.
Park Myung-geun said, 스포츠토토 “When I enter the mound or baseball field, I think that I am the king and I think that I have to throw. I think I want to continue with a mindset of enjoyment rather than tension.” I don’t know if it was because I was too nervous in the beginning, but I think the reason was big. The hyungs gave me a lot of advice.”
On April 16, he got his first hold in his debut, and on May 2, he got his first win in his debut. And at the moment of close ice, he even got a save. Park Myeong-geun, who was not shaken, said, “I went in about the 8th inning in the second half of the game and listened to the coach and prepared.” What goal do you want to achieve next? “It’s best if you can help the team win by doing your best in a given position,” he said.
There are many outstanding newcomers in professional baseball this season. Fireballer Seohyun Kim (Hanwha Eagles) is a representative example. On the 3rd, Yoon Young-cheol (KIA Tigers) stopped the Lotte Giants from trying to win 10 consecutive wins. Park Myung-geun also shows formidable competitiveness. He said, “I’ve thought about it (about rookie king), but it’s not something I can say I want to do, so I think I can take on the challenge if I consistently show myself to be good at it.” “Seohyun is also a good pitcher, but I have my own charm. If we do our best in each other’s position, I think we can grow into good figures.” An unforgettable first season. Park Myung-geun “