‘Adu! Jang Won-jun’ decides to retire from active duty “I will not forget the fans’ shouts”
Doosan Bears veteran left-hander Jang Won-jun is saying goodbye to the professional mound after 20 years.
“Jang Won-jun recently announced his intention to retire from active duty to the club,” the Doosan Bears announced on Monday.
Jang, a left-hander from Busan High School, was drafted by the Lotte Giants in the first round of the 2004 rookie draft. He later joined the Doosan Bears as a free agent prior to the 2015 season.
In his first year, Jang went 12-12 with a 4.08 ERA in 30 games, establishing himself as the first “V4” pitcher in 14 years. The following year, in 2016, he led the team to a 15-6 record with a 3.32 ERA in 27 games.
In nine years in a Doosan uniform, Jang compiled a 47-42 record, one save, 12 shutouts and a 4.49 ERA in 188 games. In his professional career, Jang has a 132-119 record, one save, 14 saves, and a 4.28 ERA in 446 games.
This year, he became the 11th player in KBO history and the oldest left-hander in history to reach 130 wins (37 years, 9 months, 22 days). He also reached the 2,000-inning milestone for the ninth time in his career.안전놀이터
Jang said, “The choice to leave Jungden Ground was never easy. “I am grateful to owner Park Jung-won for allowing me to start my second baseball life as a free agent and giving me more opportunities when I was struggling with injuries,” said Jang.
He continued, “I’m glad that I was able to fulfill the last goals I set for myself. However, when I think of my juniors, I can’t stop thinking about them,” he said, adding, “We have many talented juniors on the team, so I will support them to train diligently and lead the team to a leap forward.”
“I remember the faces of coach Lee Seung-yup, the coaching staff, and my teammates. It was all thanks to ‘Team Bears’ that I was able to leave with applause at the end.” “I will never forget the cheers of the fans who gave me tremendous strength that I lacked. I am so grateful.”