“Lost 14kg.” Park Jong-hoon said, “I blamed myself enough to cover my face when I came to the baseball stadium.”

“Submarine pitcher” Park Jong-hoon (32, SSG Landers) has only blamed himself for the past two years.

“I pushed myself to say, ‘I’m working so hard. I have to do more. I have to do more,'” Park Jong-hoon said in a meeting at SSG Landers Field in Incheon on Thursday. “I couldn’t even say, ‘I’m working hard,’ because I didn’t get good results. I was so angry with myself, and I came into the stadium covering my face because I was embarrassed and sorry.”

After 2024, he still blames himself and treats himself harshly.

The result of self-indulgence is a 14kg loss.

Park Jong-hoon said, “When I performed well, I weighed in the early to mid 80kg range. I weighed 100kg while building muscles, but I lost 14kg while training during the offseason,” adding, “I thought it was time for flexibility rather than strength. I’m working on a puzzle.”

In order to revive Park Jong-hoon, the family also stepped up “professionally.”

“My mother-in-law said, ‘This is how much weight I gained when I had a good result.’ I also decided that I needed to lose weight,” he said. “My diet has completely changed. I only eat raw food in the evening. As my eating habits changed, I lost weight quickly.”

Park Jong Hoon of SSG
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Submarine pitcher Park Jong-hoon signed a five-year contract for a total of 6.5 billion won (5.6 billion won per year, 900 million won option) in December 2021.헤라카지노주소

SSG evaluated Park Jong-hoon as a solid starting pitcher resource to the extent that he signed a multi-year contract with Park Jong-hoon, who had elbow ligament surgery in June 2021.

In fact, Park Jong-hoon filled four regular innings in 2017-2020, taking charge of starting position at SSG. Over the past four years, Park had 47 wins and 37 losses with an ERA of 4.25.

During this period, only one pitcher with more wins than Park Jong-hoon was Yang Hyun-jong (60 wins) of the KIA Tigers.

Park Jong-hoon pitched well with 4 wins, 2 losses and a 2.82 ERA before undergoing surgery in 2021.

However, after surgery, Park Jong-hoon was sluggish with 3-5 losses and 6.00 ERA in 2022 and 2-6 losses and 6.19 ERA in 2023.

SSG excluded Park Jong-hoon from its 35-member squad for the second draft in November last year. The team’s disappointment was reflected in the team’s internal disappointment.

“I was shocked to hear that I was excluded from the protection list for the first time,” Park Jong-hoon said calmly. “But soon I decided calmly that even if I had made the protection list, I would not have put myself in the 35.”

In the second draft, no other club named Park Jong-hoon.

“I would have been really depressed if I went to another team. I want to rebound from SSG,” Park Jong-hoon said

Park Jong-hoon’s goal in the 2024 season is not to skip the starting rotation.

“Over the past two years, I have often been out of the starting rotation. I was angry with myself when I saw myself excluded from the rotation ahead of the game against a specific team,” Park Jong-hoon said. “I think I have regained my trust when I am ready to play against all teams according to my pitching schedule. Now that I hit rock bottom, I really have to rebound.”

If Park Jong-hoon succeeds in rebounding in the 2024 season as he wishes, ‘Dallas’ could be a lucky place for Park Jong-hoon.

Park Jong-hoon will leave for the U.S. on the 10th and train at Choo Shin-soo’s home in Dallas, Texas.

“I did individual training at Choo’s house before. As a successful big leaguer, Choo has everything he can do at home. Not to mention catch balls, he can do weight training and Pilates, he said. “When will I be able to train at Choo’s house again? Thankfully, Choo invited me, so I decided to train with him.”

Last year, Park Jong-hoon trained nonstop even on Monday, the “rest day of a baseball player.”

However, I couldn’t even bring up “I’m working hard” because of my poor report card.

In January 2024, Park Jong-hoon cautiously said, “I trained really hard in the offseason. I’ll trust you for the time you spent thinking and training.”

Thanks to the pride of training harder than anyone else, Park Jong-hoon’s face, which had been gloomy for the past two years, has come to life again.

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