‘The youngest 150 wins’ Yang Hyun-jong, next goal is ‘Tigers senior’ Director Lee Kang-cheol

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Yang Hyun-jong of the KIA makes a start in the 2022 KBO League match against Lotte at Sajik Stadium in Busan on the 19th. Busan = Yonhap News

Yang Hyun-jong (34, KIA), who has built the ‘youngest 150 wins’ monumental tower for the fourth time in KBO league history, is heading to the next goal. KT manager Lee Kang-cheol, a ‘Tigers senior’, is the target.

Yang Hyun-jong scored two runs (four hits and one walk) in 7.2 innings in an away match against Lotte in the 2022 KBO League held at Sajik Stadium in Busan on the 19th, and won his 150 personal career. It is a great record that has only appeared four times in history, following Jinwoo Song (former Hanwha, 2002, 210 wins), Lee Kang-cheol (former Haitai, 2004, 152 wins) and Jung Min-cheol (former Hanwha, 2007, 161 wins). In particular, he achieved this record as the youngest (34 years, 2 months, 18 days), adding significance.

Also, ‘steadiness without ups and downs’ made a great record. Since his 2007 debut, he has made more than 20 starts each year for 15 seasons, excluding 2013 (19 games) and 2021 (going overseas). Even in 2012, the most difficult year since his debut, he played 28 games (41 innings) between starting and bullpen. It was possible because he showed off his skills without major injuries and ups and downs through thorough management.

Seon Dong-yeol (146 wins, 1,647 innings, 1,698 strikeouts), considered the best pitcher in KBO league history, has surpassed all the records of wins, innings and strikeouts. Now, KT manager Lee Kang-cheol’s record has also come into view.

It is only two wins from coach Lee Kang-cheol’s career victory record (152 wins). It is only a matter of time before Yang Hyun-jong is in such a good condition that he has recorded 7 quality starts (more than 6 innings and less than 3 runs) in 9 games this season. Lee’s strikeout record (1,751) is also expected to be broken soon. Yang Hyun-jong’s career strikeout strikeout is 1,716, and he can overtake Lee with just 35 more. If Yang Hyeon-jong exceeds Lee’s record, he will be ranked second in strikeout history after Song Jin-woo (former Hanwha, 2,048).

However, it seems that the record of digestive innings will have to be promised next year. Yang Hyun-jong currently has 2,041 innings, but he is 163.2 innings short of Lee (2,204.2 innings). It’s still early in the season, but it’s physically impossible to hit that record this year. If there are no injuries, the 2023 season is expected to be enough. Former coach Song Jin-woo (3,003 innings) is also former coach, Jeong Min-cheol (2,394.2 innings), Hanwha general manager Lee Kang-cheol, KT manager Lee Kang-cheol, SSG coach Kim Won-hyeong (2,171 innings) Doosan coach Bae Young-su (2,167.2 innings) Former coach Han Yong-deok (2,079.1 innings) and Yang Hyun-jong it is pure

Kang Joo-hyung reporter


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