“I was so surprised when I heard the news, but my coach actually thanked me.”
SSG Landers’ Seo Jin-yong won his first individual title 13 years after being drafted as a professional. Seo took home the title in the save category at the KBO Awards ceremony held at the Westin Chosun Hotel in Sogong, Seoul on Sunday. Seo, who served as SSG’s closer this year, collected 42 saves in 69 regular-season games, beating out his competitors for the title. This is his first inclination since his professional debut.
Although Seo attended the ceremony as a first-time title holder, it was all thanks to the faith of former coach Kim Won-hyung. Until just before the start of the season, SSG did not have a fixed closer, but they chose Seo, who had the most experience in the bullpen, to be their new closer and trusted him from the beginning to the end of the season. 바카라사이트 Under that trust, Seo achieved a “career high” in saves in his debut and won the save title.
Manager Kim Won-hyung left the team at the end of last month when his contract was terminated after the semi-playoff series. “I was really surprised when I heard the news (of his departure), and I wanted to call him right away, but I thought he was busy, so I called him a little later, and he thanked me,” Seo regretted.
When Seo was a rookie, Kim Won-hyung was his pitching coach and later became the pitching coach for the SK Wyverns.
He has been watching Seo since he was a rookie and knows his growth story better than anyone else, so he bullied him more and loved him more. Seo understands what Kim means. “That’s his style,” he said. He’s more playful and blunt with people he likes. I’ve known that since I was very young,” he laughs.
The big-time prospect who was always teased and never exploded has now grown into a ‘save king’ who wears a clean suit and proudly receives trophies at awards ceremonies. “All I can say is thank you for entrusting me with closing duties until the end,” Seo said to former manager Kim Won-hyung. 토토사이트 I gave a lot of walks in the middle and left a lot of runners on base, so he got very old. I joked about how hard it must have been for him,” he said, “but I just want to say thank you so much. Thank you for believing in me until the end, even though there were a lot of good pitchers.” He said goodbye.