Even at the age of 54, it is easy to run 130 km… Koo Dae-seong said, “Baseball is always with me.”
“The 54-year-old pitcher is still throwing. He even stopped hitters.”
The official SNS of the US Major League expressed this over a pitching video of a middle-aged gentleman in his 50s. It’s because he couldn’t hide his surprise when he saw the scene where he tied up hitters the size of his son.
Born in 1969, fifty-four in our age. A lot of years have passed since Lee Seung-yeop (47) and Park Jin-man (47), who are 7 years younger than him, became the command towers this year.
However, his passion for baseball is second to none. The fastball that exceeded 150km per hour in the past and the backdoor slider that danced profusely have disappeared, but it still emits majesty on the mound with its skill and control. This is the story of Koo 토토사이트 Dae-seong (54), the “legendary left-hander” in professional baseball.
On the last day of January, I met Koo Dae-seong, who surprised baseball fans by making a surprise appearance in the Australian Baseball League (ABL) over the phone. Koo Dae-seong, who currently lives in Sydney, said, “At first, I visited the stadium to cheer on the juniors who came from far away to Australia. However, he received an offer to try pitching and stepped on the mound,” he laughed.
The surprise appearance was made wearing the uniform of Geelong Korea (a club related to Geelong, an Australian city where promising Korean players were dispatched). Geelong Korea, which was suspended for two years in the aftermath of Corona 19, was reorganized this winter. Since November of last year, new stars from each club, such as Song Chan-eui (24, LG Twins), Jang Jae-young (21, Kiwoom Heroes), and Kim Jin-wook (21, Lotte Giants), have gathered to digest the ABL schedule.
Koo Dae-seong, who was in charge of the Geelong Korea headquarters four years ago, could not sit still. He flew to the Geelong Korea Stadium to encourage his juniors. However, coach Lee Byeong-gyu (49) suggested that he join the senior team, and Koo Dae-seong readily accepted it, and the real sortie was completed.
Goo Dae-sung said, “Actually, I am constantly exercising at home. He does basic weight training and running as well as catch ball. Also, set up a net at a distance of 70m and practice throwing accurately,” he said. You can say that baseball is still with me.”
A professional baseball legend who returned to the mound with 214 saves (5th all-time). There was no change in terms of skill. Last month he pitched 3 games against the Adelaide Giants, going 2 1/2 innings, giving up 1 hit, 2 strikeouts and no runs. The moment when the 54-year-old pitcher’s ‘sense of overseas topic’ shined. The record for the oldest appearance in the ABL was ‘of course’ changed.
However, the person concerned said, “In the bullpen, the fastball goes up to 130km, but in practice, 120km was barely taken. The backdoor slider is also not what it used to be. At least the ball was slow, so the hitters couldn’t cope with it,” he said, shaking his hand. “If I get a chance in the future, I will often play as a pitcher. Even so, I want to say hello to baseball fans.”
Koo Dae-sung made his debut in 1993 in the Binggrae Eagles uniform. In 1996, he won the regular league MVP award with a phenomenal record of 18 wins and 24 saves. Three years later, along with Song Jin-woo (57) and Jung Min-cheol (51), he led Hanwha’s first and last championship, rising to the Korean Series MVP.
Koo Dae-seong, who conquered the KBO League, has experienced both Korea, the U.S. and Japan stages since 2001 while playing for Orix Blue Wave of the Nippon Professional Baseball (NPB) and the New York Mets of the U.S. Major League Baseball. After returning to Hanwha in 2006, he retired in 2010, but he moved to Australia and played alternately as a player and leader, and has not let go of baseball until now.
His love for Korean baseball remains the same. Koo Dae-seong said, “Even here, I get news through TV and the Internet.” Although recent results have not been good, I see a lot of good players in pitching. If the balance is right, I think it will rebound.”
Lastly, Koo Dae-sung said, “I heard that the Doosan Bears led by Lee Seung-yeop came to Sydney. Fortunately, the battery training ground is a 30-minute drive from my house. I plan to stop by soon and meet (Lee) Seung-yeop and his junior coaches.” Maybe it was because of the memories of the people who shared the glory of the past. Goo Dae-sung’s voice was full of excitement as he delivered his closing remarks.