[OSEN=길준영 기자] As LG Twins Go Woo-seok (25) announced his intention to enter the major league, LG’s Stove League fell into the fog.
Go Woo-seok joined LG as the first round pick in the 2017 rookie draft. He established himself as Korea’s leading closing pitcher, recording a total of 354 games (368⅓ innings) in the KBO League, 19 wins, 26 losses, 6 holds, 139 saves, and an ERA of 3.18.
However, we had a somewhat difficult season this year. Ko Woo-seok was selected as a member of the national team for the World Baseball Classic (WBC) held last March, but was unable to play a single game due to an injury, and showed uneasiness by conceding two runs against Taiwan at the Hangzhou Asian Games held in September. His season performance was 44 games (44 innings), 3 wins, 8 losses, 15 saves, and an ERA of 3.68.
Ko Woo-seok also struggled greatly in the Korean Series, where LG attempted to win the championship for the first time in 29 years since its combined championship in 1994. He only recorded 4 games (4⅓ innings), 1 win, 1 loss, 1 save, and an ERA of 8.31. However, LG won the long-awaited Korean Series championship with a series record of 4 wins and 1 loss, and Go Woo-seok took charge of the 9th inning in Game 5, where the championship was decided. Manager Yeom Kyung-yeop entrusted Ko Woo-seok with the position of closing pitcher until the end.
Go Woo-seok, who overcame the slump and decided to win LG’s championship, said in an interview immediately after winning, “I am really grateful to the coach for believing in me until the end. Regardless of physical condition, if the results are not good, the team members, managers, and coaches alike will inevitably fall into anxiety. “Nevertheless, the fact that he did not become anxious and continued to entrust me with such tasks is something that I can’t help but feel grateful for as a player participating in the game,” he said.
Go Woo-seok, who is famous for being an LG fan since childhood, said, “I don’t know how I feel right now. If I could win like this, I think I could have done it last year as well. I should be happy, but seeing that I don’t think like that makes me remember a lot of disappointing moments. “I want to win again next year,” he said. Rather than enjoying the joy of winning right away, he looked back on the disappointing moments and looked forward to next season more.
Go Woo-seok, who had hoped for LG to win next year, surprised baseball fans on the 15th when it was officially announced that a request for identity verification had been received from the Major League. Unlike Lee Jeong-hoo (Kiwoom), who announced his intention to advance to the major league through posting before the season, Go Woo-seok has made no mention of advancing to the major league. Go Woo-seok recorded 100 first-team registration days in 2017, his debut season, which was short of the standard of 145 days per season, but he was able to post as he made up for the insufficient number of days while playing for the national team.
Requesting a major league status check does not definitively lead to advancement into the major leagues. The request for identity verification itself can be requested by the major league club at its own discretion, regardless of the player’s will. However, Go Woo-seok has conveyed to the LG club his intention to advance to the Major League through his agent after the Major League’s request for a background check. LG has not yet decided whether to allow Go Woo-seok’s posting. Even if LG gives permission, it is also unclear whether major league clubs will offer a satisfactory contract.
Oh Ji-hwan, who won the Korean Series MVP, promised fans that he would advance to a dynasty immediately after winning. Park Dong-won, who hit decisive home runs in games 2 and 3, said, “We are too strong. “I think all the players will be able to win next year,” he said, expressing confidence. Heo Do-hwan, who has won three championships with three teams, also said, “We are thinking until next year. “I will try to win one more time,” he said, emphasizing his will to win.
Although the possibility is not high yet, if Ko Woo-seok really advances to the major league, there will inevitably be a major setback in LG’s plans for next season, which aims to win the Korean Series for the second consecutive season. For LG, which hopes to go beyond winning its first championship in 29 years and build a dynasty, Go Woo-seok is a must-capture player.
Many fans are watching with interest what Go Woo-seok, who has expressed his desire to advance to a bigger stage, will do this winter. /[email protected]
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