53-year-old Koo Dae-sung’s pitch surprised both MLB and NPB

American Major League Baseball (MLB) and Nippon Professional Baseball (NPB) were also amazed at Koo Dae-sung’s passion.스포츠토토

Japan’s Nikkan Sports covered the news on the 23rd, saying, “Koo Dae-seong, who played for NPB Orix and MLB New York Mets, pitched as an active pitcher through MLB’s official SNS account.”

On the 19th, Koo Dae-seong took the mound at the bottom of the 8th inning against the Adelaide Giants as a member of Geelong Korea in the ABL. The result was a three-way offense in one inning. On the 21st, MLB’s official SNS posted a video of Koo Dae-sung pitching for Geelong Korea and introduced, “The 53-year-old pitcher is still throwing the ball.” His fastball speed was only 117 km per hour, but he handled the opponent batter with a skillful pitch.

MLB’s official SNS praised the pitcher, saying, “The 53-year-old pitcher is still pitching.”

The Japanese media did the same. Nikkan Sports reported on the pitching news on the 19th, “MLB’s official SNS account showed surprise by attaching an applause emoticon along with a video of Koo Dae-sung’s pitching.” In addition, Koo Dae-sung’s record of 24 wins, 34 losses, 10 saves, and an average ERA of 3.38 was introduced in 110 appearances for Japan’s Orix from 2001 to 2004.

Koo Dae-seong, who joined Binggrae (now Hanwha) as the first choice in 1993, recorded 67 wins, 71 losses, 214 saves and 18 holds, an ERA of 2.85 in a total of 569 games, going back and forth between selection and relief. He was a winning member of the 1999 Hanwha Eagles. He won the most wins 1 time and the ERA king 2 times. He was also selected as the Most Valuable Player (MVP) in the regular season (1996) and the Korean Series (1999) once each. He also played in MLB and NPB. 

Koo Dae-seong, who showed outstanding performance in international competitions, was voted 8th overall in the ‘Legend 40’ vote conducted by the Korea Baseball Organization (KBO) to mark the 40th anniversary of its establishment.  

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