Professional baseball this season is literally undergoing a ‘speed revolution’ as young pitchers who throw 160km appear one after another.
However, there are veteran pitchers in their 30s who show that baseball is not just about speed.
This is reporter Kim Han-joon.
The batter’s bats are spinning in the curve that falls from top to bottom.
This is the 110km waterfall curve of LG Lim Chan-gyu, which has the fifth highest value in the league this season.
Lim Chan-kyu is commanding the league with a 140km fastball, with a curveball and a sharp changeup in the mid-120km.
Lim Chan-kyu, who started in the bullpen at the beginning of the season, has improved remarkably with his breaking ball and has now emerged as a native ace.
▶ Interview: Lim Chan-kyu / LG Twins Pitcher
– “(In the past) I threw a fastball based on a fastball, but now I throw a fastball based on a fastball. I was trying to give it a lot of spin.”
Hitters’ bats dance on the falling forkball.
Hanwha Jang Min-jae throws more forkballs than fastballs, the 7th most valuable in the league.
If you don’t think it’s a forkball and wait, you can’t avoid striking out on a slow 136km fastball that sticks in the strike zone.스포츠토토
Kiwoom Jeong Chan-heon is cooking hitters with a two-seam inducing a ground ball without throwing a fastball at all when the average speed goes below 140 km.
He was once on the verge of missing a free agent, but now he has become an indispensable player for the team.
▶ Standing: Kim Han-joon / Reporter
– “Veteran pitchers who are showing that speed is not everything. Another great thing about baseball. This is MBN News Kim Han-joon.”