Left-handed specialist Jung Woo-ram (38-Hanwha Eagles) became the first pitcher in KBO history to reach the 1,000-game milestone.
Jung made his 1,000th career start in the top of the seventh inning against the NC Dinos of the 2023 KBO League at Hanwha Life Eagles Park in Daejeon on April 2. He took the mound after starter Felix Peña and was replaced after striking out NC’s No. 6 hitter Oh Young-soo on a grounder to second base.
Jung made his professional debut for the Eskei (SK) Wyverns on April 21, 2004, against the Hanwha in Munhwa, South Korea, and established himself as the team’s main left-handed bullpen pitcher the following year (2005). In 2008, he appeared in 85 games, tying Ryu Taek-hyun’s 2004 record for most appearances by a pitcher in a single season. He also became the youngest player to reach the 500, 600, 700, 800, and 900-game milestones.
Jung even broke down in tears when he returned to the dugout after his mission. He said through the club, “I never thought about personal records while playing baseball, but I guess 1000 games was in my mind to some extent. Today, from the time I was preparing in the bullpen, the juniors in the bullpen were cheering me on from the bullpen, and that made me cry.” “When I saw the record on the scoreboard, I wanted to throw well, and when I saw the crowd and the juniors, I remembered what I’ve been doing. Even on the mound, it was like a lantern, but I quickly regained my composure.”메이저사이트
Jung’s 1,000-game milestone is unlikely to be broken anytime soon. The second most games played by a KBO pitcher is Ryu Taek-hyun (901), who retired in 2014, and among active pitchers, Jin Hae-soo (37-LG Twins) is second with 788 games played.
Jung’s career record is 64-47, 197 saves, 145 holds, and a 3.17 ERA. “Records are records, but I still have games to play, so I will continue to pitch until the end of my career with the same mindset as today,” Jung said.