National team closer’ Go Woo-seok (25, LG Twins) was embroiled in controversy for his untimely protest. It is said that the game was played against the advice of the head coach.카지노 What is the truth?
Go Woo-seok is a fastball pitcher representing Korea. Now he is a closer with the best skills, enough to grow into a national team closing pitcher. Overseas scouts are also keeping an eye on Go Woo-seok’s fast balls and continuously checking them.
Go Woo-seok has been seen using breaking balls as the deciding pitch rather than fast balls, which is his strength. However, the results were not good, so after the game against Hanwha in Jamsil (a loss at the time) on the 2nd, the coaching staff and two catchers had a meeting with Go Woo-seok. In a preliminary interview with reporters on the 5th, LG manager Yeom Kyung-yeop, who is the head coach, said, “I told him to reduce the rate of Ko Woo-seok’s breaking balls. Go Woo-seok, catchers Park Dong-won and Heo Do-hwan gathered together and spent time communicating.”
Manager Yeom said, “There are batters who need to be dealt with using breaking balls and batters who need to be dealt with with fastballs. We talked about how to develop a ‘pitching design’ based on one’s biggest strengths and the value of pitches. Of course, Ko Woo-seok has his own thoughts as well. “Many other people also think as much as Go Woo-seok. That’s why we communicated with each other,” he said. “Go Woo-seok’s strength is his fastball. He has to make use of breaking balls based on his fastball. While throwing a breaking ball, the ball count becomes disadvantageous, so he inevitably gets hit when the fastball goes in. It is possible. He was put in for a test when he was losing against Hanwha in Jamsil on the 3rd. His fastball rate would have increased a lot. Of course, (Go) Wooseok is greedy for breaking balls. However, we ended the conversation on a good note through this meeting.
‘Pitching design’ refers to a pitcher deciding which type of pitch to throw and which course to throw while facing a batter. Furthermore, I believe that the most ideal pitching design is to face batters by using more than 70% of the balls with high pitch value and less than 30% of the remaining pitches. For example, Kenley Jansen (36, Boston Red Sox), who played the role of closer during his time with the LA Dodgers, designed a pitch that used the cutter, which was his main weapon at the time, more than 90% of the time. On the other hand, ‘ball combination’ means that the pitcher selects the pitch type and pitch quality while adjusting the strength and weakness of the course in which the batter is weak. If ‘pitching design’ is a pitcher-centered choice, ‘ball combination’ can be seen as a concept that focuses on the opposing hitter.
In the end, the coaching staff and catcher thought that Go Woo-seok’s pitching design needed to be changed. The meeting had an immediate effect. After pitching a no-hit inning against Hanwha in Jamsil on the 3rd, he earned a save against Suwon KT on the 5th with 1 hit, 1 strikeout, and no runs in 1⅔ innings. Go Woo-seok’s total number of pitches on the 5th was 22. He used 14 fastballs, 5 cutters, and 3 curveballs. It was an ideal pitching design. However, Go Woo-seok, who was interviewed after the game that day, became the center of an untimely ‘protest controversy’.
Ko Woo-seok smiled and said “no” to whether the results communicated at the time would be reflected in the game, and then added, “Ah, but I understand what the coach said correctly, and since I’m a bit stubborn, I only did it until I heard the story before pitching that day.” However, the coach said something like, ‘I think my slider is weak,’ and I thought about just throwing a slider from start to finish if I went out today… (laughter) I thought I should show it to the coach, but when it was time to play again, I couldn’t think of anything else. “It didn’t come out,” he said with a smile.
He then laughed about the slider, saying, “Ironically, the ones that got out-of-count were all sliders,” and then added, “It’s also the ball that is the least dangerous for a true hit. Since I was out a lot due to injury, the coach didn’t see me much, so my slider was relatively better. “I think he feels weak,” he added of his opinion. However, unintentionally, this day’s interview caused a misunderstanding that the manager and catcher’s advice and communication was not accepted, leading to a protest controversy among some fans.
Coincidentally, Go Woo-seok made a shocking blown save (4 hits, 2 walks, 1 strikeout, 4 runs in ⅔ innings) in the bottom of the 9th inning against Suwon KT on the 6th. With the final defeat, even greater criticism poured down on him. In the end, the command tower took action to extinguish the fire. Before the game on the 7th, Coach Yeom said, “Today, my eldest son came to the coach’s office. He said, ‘I’m really sorry that my family has suffered because of me.’ (Laughs) I’m grateful for that. ‘My eldest son is fine. “He told me a story,” he said. The ‘eldest son’ here is Go Woo-seok. As the head coach, he showed himself as a great leader who embraces the player who came to apologize.
Coach Yeom said, “‘How many games have you brought victory to our team? Are you talking about that? There were far more good games.’ However, as I felt and thought about what went wrong, I thought about the remaining games of this season, next year, and the future.” “He told me that it would be a great help in playing baseball. I also think it will be an opportunity for (the late) Wooseok to develop to the next level,” he said, cheering for him.
Go Woo-seok is a valuable resource who will play a leading role as a closing pitcher representing Korean baseball for the next 10 years. In that respect, it seems that Ko Woo-seok needs to listen to the advice of Coach Yeom, the coaching staff, and the catchers. Seunghwan Oh is a good example. In his prime, Oh Seung-hwan dominated Korean baseball with a pitching design that focused on fastballs rather than breaking balls. He eliminated the inning by threatening opposing hitters with his signature heavy rock fastball. There was even talk that Oh Seung-hwan couldn’t hit the fastball even though he knew about it. Go Woo-seok also possesses a very powerful fastball, just like Oh Seung-hwan during his prime. The ideal pitching design is to use a breaking ball as a ball to control the count, but ultimately use a fast ball as a winning shot. No matter what anyone says, Go Woo-seok’s most powerful weapon is his fastball, which is like a rock.