On the day manager Carlos Subero left Korea, Hanwha Eagles Moon Dong-ju (20) pitched the worst since his debut.
Moon Dong-ju started the match against SSG Landers in the ‘2023 Shinhan Bank SOL KBO League’ held at SSG Landers Field in Incheon on the 13th and recorded a loss in 2⅓ innings, 7 hits, 3 walks, 2 walks and 7 runs.
Hanwha was embroiled 안전놀이터in controversy after announcing the sacking of coach Carlos Subero immediately after winning 4-0 against Samsung on the 12th. Coach Subero, who took over the Hanwha baton in 2021, has been at the bottom of the league for the past two seasons, and in April of this year, he finished 10th with 6 wins, 1 draw and 17 losses. As a result, Hanwha eventually brought out a river called a manager change. However, when the team was on the rise with 5 wins and 2 losses in May before coach Subero was sacked, the announcement of the sack of the coach caused a strong backlash from fans.
Coincidentally, Moon Dong-ju collapsed after conceding 7 runs in the game on the day that coach Subero left Korea. It is the first time since his first-team debut that Moon Dong-ju has conceded 7 runs. His fastball speed reached 158 km per hour, but he collapsed on his own without being controlled. The strike rate was 47.9%, less than half, and there were 5 four balls.
[OSEN=Incheon Airport, Correspondent Daeseon Lee] Hanwha coach Carlos Subero, who resigned as head coach, departed through Incheon International Airport on the 13th. Director Subero poses for reporters before leaving the country. 2023.05.13 /firstname.lastname@example.org
Moon Dong-ju, who joined Hanwha as the first pick in the 2022 rookie draft, is a promising player nurtured by coach Subero and pitching coach Jose Rosado. From the time he joined the team, he received great expectations for the future of Hanwha, and this season, he threw a fastball that reached 160 km, raising expectations. Unfortunately, however, coach Subero and coach Rosado left the team and collapsed greatly from the first appearance, leaving a regret.
Like Moon Dong-ju, coach Subero and Rosado coaches put their heart and soul into nurturing this year’s overall number 1 rookie pitcher Kim Seo-hyun, who also showed a little faltering in his first appearance after the coaching staff was replaced. Kim Seo-hyun, who was in danger of conceding by sending lead batter Oh Tae-gon out with a ball that fit her body and throwing a wild pitch, fortunately finished the game well with a save in 1 inning, 1 walk, 1 strikeout, and no runs.
At that time, Kim Seo-hyun, while climbing the mound, drew 3 (Coach Subero’s uniform number) and 70 (Coach Rosado’s uniform number) on the mound with her fingers, expressing her gratitude and regret toward coaches Subero and Rosado who had left the team.
Hanwha has recorded 1 win and 1 loss since Choi Won-ho’s appointment as head coach. Over time, the team will gradually regain stability. Attention is focusing on whether Moon Dong-ju, who showed a sluggish performance in the first appearance after coach Subero and coach Rosado left the team, will be able to regain his form in the next appearance and succeed in rebounding.