160.1km vs 159.8km, isn’t it the first time to compete in light speed ball?!

Moon Dong-ju (Hanwha Eagles) and An Woo-jin (Kiwoom Heroes) showed off a ‘light speed ball’ of around 160 km per hour for two days in a row.

Moon Dong-joo started against the KIA Tigers in the ‘2023 KBO League’ held at the Gwangju-Kia Champions Field on the 12th and threw a 160.1 km/h light speed ball against Park Chan-ho at the end of the 1st inning and caught a looking strikeout.

160 km/h is called the redemption of dreams. Moon Dong-joo’s fastball was measured at 160.1 km/h by the pitch tracking system (PTS) of Sports 2I, an official record and statistics company of the Korea Baseball Organization (KBO).

Moon Dong-ju is the first Korean pitcher to throw a ball at 160 km/h since 2011, when the PTS began official counting of arrests. Even if the range is expanded to foreign pitchers, it is the third after Redames Leeds-Fabillo Castillo.온라인바카라

The day after the first ‘local 160km’ in KBO League history was taken, last season’s ‘two-crown’ An Woo-jin threw a light speed ball that was 0.2km short of that.

Ahn Woo-jin started against the Doosan Bears in the ‘2023 KBO League’ held at Jamsil Baseball Stadium on the 13th, and pitched 6 innings, 3 hits, 1 walk, 5 strikeouts and no runs. The Doosan batters who were suppressed by An Woo-jin’s pitch never reached second base. What drew attention to An Woo-jin Hotu was, of course, his fastball. An Woo-jin threw a fastball at 159.8 km/h in Heo Gyeong-min’s plate in the first inning.

Ahn Woo-jin, who had previously been regarded as the ‘ace of fastball’, regretted not reaching 160km, saying, “There is nothing regrettable about not being able to shoot 160km first. It is something to congratulate Moon Dong-ju. (Moon) Dong-joo who achieved that is great,” he praised his juniors.

Following Ahn Woo-jin, who emerged as the new ace representing the league last year, Moon Dong-joo threw a light-speed ball, forming a rivalry with the light-speed ball. Ahn Woo-jin, who threw 158 km three times last year, and Moon Dong-ju, who broke 160 km after two 156 km this season, both have high expectations because their speed is steadily increasing.

It wasn’t just the restraint that was high. He appeared as a starting pitcher and showed good pitching, ending the team’s 3rd and 5th consecutive losses.

After the Ryu Hyun-jin-Yun Seok-min-Kim Gwang-hyun troika era, there was a rivalry between left-handers Kim Gwang-hyun and Yang Hyeon-jong. Since then, there has been no rivalry that can attract baseball fans, but this time, expectations are even greater because it is a fresh material called a light-speed ball from native starters. This is a picture that would have been difficult to imagine even a few years ago. If Jang Jae-young (Kiwoom) and Kim Seo-hyun (19) settle down in the league and add to the competitive structure, the mound of the KBO league may create a new wind.

Korean baseball, which received a disgraceful report card at the 2023 World Baseball Classic (WBC), was even pointed out that it had “failed to foster native pitchers,” and its pride was hurt. The light-speed ball competition that arose in a frustrating situation cannot be a fundamental solution to the development of Korean baseball, but it must be a ray of light greeted in pitch-black darkness.

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