Why was the name of Jo Sang-woo (Kiwoom Heroes), who was away at the end of the 2021 season, summoned?메이저사이트
Director Kiwoom Hong Won-ki conducted an interview with reporters ahead of the 11th game of the season against KT Wiz in the 2023 Shinhan Bank SOL KBO League held at Gocheok Sky Dome in Seoul on the 12th. Coach Hong continued to talk about the evaluation of Jang Jae-young, a “fireballer” who made a relief appearance in the game the previous day, and how to utilize it in the second half.
In the meantime, the reporters asked a question about the return of Jo Sang-woo, another ‘Fireballer’. Director Hong Won-ki, who heard the three characters of Jo Sang-woo’s name, laughed and said, “It’s a forgotten name,” and said, “I know you’ll be discharged at the end of the year.
Cho Sang-woo enlisted as a public service worker on March 24 last year and was away. While he has to perform his duty for 1 year and 9 months, his discharge date is December 23rd.
Although Jo Sang-woo cannot be of any help to the team right now, the command tower explains that he is preparing himself diligently during his service period. Director Hong Won-ki said, “I came to say hello about a month ago, and my body has improved a lot. I have lost a lot of weight.”
Cho Sang-woo, who joined Kiwoom Heroes with the first pick in the first round of 2013, showed off his powerful pitch and was reborn as the league’s leading bullpen pitcher. He hit the 20-save high in 2019 and 2020 with an earned run average of 2 points for two consecutive years.
Cho Sang-woo also showed his presence in 2021, the last season before enlistment, with 44 games, 44 innings, 6 wins, 5 losses, 5 holds, 15 saves, and an average ERA of 3.48. However, it was difficult to postpone military matters any longer, and Kiwoom had no choice but to let Cho Sang-woo go for a while.
After Jo Sang-woo’s enlistment, Kiwoom, who was worried about ‘finishing’, minimized the gap with Kim Jae-woong last year and Won Jong-hyun and Lim Chang-min this year, but there are not many pitchers in the bullpen who can push forward with pitches like Jo Sang-woo. It is not that there are no available bullpen resources, but Kiwoom’s concerns are still ‘currently ongoing’. This is why the team is waiting for Jo Sang-woo to return.