Koo Dae-seong (54, Geelong Korea) stood on the mound as a player again.
Koo Dae-seong took the mound at the end of the 8th inning when his team, Geelong Korea, was losing 0-7 in the 2022-23 Australian Professional Baseball League (ABL) match against the Adelaide Giants held at the Diamond Sports Stadium in West Beach, Adelaide, Australia on the 19th (Korean time). During one inning, he recorded two strikeouts and prevented a scoreless run.
On the 16th, Geelong Korea said, “Gu Dae-seong, who was the first coach, has officially joined the team. He will play as a player, not as a coaching staff.” He also predicted his sortie against Adelaide. Although he is 55 years old in our age, Koo Dae-sung’s passion for the mound is as good as that of younger players. On January 20, 2019, when he was coach of Geelong Korea, he made a surprise appearance against Brisbane.
Koo Dae-seong said ahead of his mound, “Coach Lee Byeong-gyu (currently Geelong Korea) and the club readily gave permission, so I was able to wear the uniform again. I debuted on the professional stage in 1993, so I can fill 30 years with this mound.” He continued, “I continued to build my body so that I could throw about 130 km per hour. I want to help the junior players who will play with me even a little, and I will throw as many innings as possible to help the team.”
Koo Dae-sung climbed the mound with an embarrassed expression in the game against Adelaide on the 19th. Only the way he wore glasses was different from the past. Her body is still there, but when she stands in front of the batter, her eyes change. The first hitter was Rickson Wingrove, who hit 4 homers this season. Koo Dae-seong pulled out a swing with a full-count course from the first pitch to the outside (based on left-handed batters), and at the end of the full count match, he even caught a strikeout on a swing with a breaking ball to the inside 바카라. Liam Bull, the follow-up hitter, used a low course on a ball count of 2 balls-2 strikes, inducing a shortstop ground ball.
Ryan January, who faced as the third batter, caught a looking strikeout. After showing the outer (left-handed hitter) slider, which was his main weapon, he took an advantageous count with a low course in the middle and threw a deciding ball into his body. The batter protested the umpire’s strikeout call, saying that the ball was deep, but it was not accepted. Koo Dae-seong pitched a scoreless pitch. The velocity of the fast ball was 116 to 119 km/h.
Each KBO league team sends young players to Geelong Korea. There are also players who are 21 years old in our age and who are in their 2nd year of debut. Koo Dae-sung stood on the same stage as his juniors the same age as his son. There was a hint of anticipation on the faces of the juniors looking at the seniors.
On this day, Koo Dae-sung went to the mound wearing the uniform of his junior Seo Jun-won. The club number and name have not yet been listed on the club’s official website. Maybe he wanted to have a quick comeback match before his uniform arrived. On this day, Koo Dae-seong threw the ball for the fifth team as a player following Hanwha (including Binggrae), Eagles (KBO League), Orix (Japan League), New York Mets (Major League), and Sydney (ABL).