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An unusually busy winter. Moon Dong-ju (20-Hanwha Eagles) smiles at the “loot” that is piling up.

After joining the Hanwha Eagles as the first overall pick in the 2022 First-Year Player Draft, Moon went 1-3 with a 2.65 ERA in 28⅔ innings over 13 games in his first year. Pitching Rookie of the Year eligibility is limited to players who were drafted within the last five years and have pitched 30 innings or less.

Moon entered the season with Rookie of the Year eligibility intact, and began the season with an 8-8 record and 3.72 ERA in 23 games. He continued to excel at the international level. At the Hangzhou Asian Games in September, he went 1-1 with a 1.80 ERA in two games, and at the postseason Asian Professional Baseball Championship (APBC) 2023, he tossed 5⅔ innings with five strikeouts and two runs against Australia.

The game between the Hanwha Eagles and the KIA Tigers of the 2023 KBO League was held on June 6 at the KIA Champions Field in Gwangju. Hanwha starter Moon Dong-ju celebrates after catching Park Chan-ho at first and second base in the bottom of the fifth inning against KIA. Gwangju=Choi Moon-young 기자 /2023.08.06/

Korea’s baseball team plays against Chinese Taipei in the second game of their baseball group B match at the Hangzhou Asian Games at Xiaoxing Baseball Stadium in Hangzhou, China, on Aug. 2. Moon Dong-joo starts the game. Hangzhou (China)=Song Jeong-heon 기자
Moon Dong-ju, who was named the KBO Rookie of the Year at various awards ceremonies, also received the Rookie of the Year award from the Korea Baseball Organization’s OB on Aug. 8. It was his sixth rookie award in six ceremonies.토토사이트

It has been 17 years since Hanwha had a rookie of the year since Ryu Hyun-jin in 2006.

“I’ve run out of awards,” Moon said, laughing, “I think I’ve won all the awards I’m going to get this year.”

The Hanwha team gave Moon special treatment.

In line with the “Prince of Daejeon” concept, the team prepared products and events to commemorate the rookie award. The commemorative products, “Treasures of the Daejeon Prince,” include a jersey, a commemorative ball, a ring, a medal, and a photocard. The commemorative uniform was designed and planned by Moon himself. The ginormous bat was hand-printed with Moon’s symbol, the grip of a fastball.

Moon Dong-ju commemorative products. Photo courtesy of the Hanwha Eagles
From the 29th to the 5th of last month, we held a pop-up exhibition on the 1st floor of Hanwha Galleria Time World in Daejeon with the concept of ‘Daejeon Prince’s Room’.

The pop-up exhibition featured a large framed photo of Moon Dong-joo.

‘Prince of Daejeon’ was a huge hit. The commemorative products sold more than 200 million won on the first day, making it the highest-selling commemorative product in the club’s history in a single day. More than 10,000 people visited the store right after it opened, causing the server to crash for more than an hour.

Moon Dong-ju’s autograph session on the first day of the pop-up attracted more than 1,000 fans and citizens.

When asked about the large picture frame, Moon said, “It was a big deal, and I was embarrassed,” adding, “The pop-up store is over, and if you’re going to get rid of it (the large picture frame), I hope you’ll give it to me. I want to hang it up when I move to a bigger house later.”

It was an embarrassing but honorable moment for Moon. “I think people who don’t know me can search for me one more time, and people who don’t know baseball or don’t know the team can search for me. I’m happy, but I think I did something good for my team. I think I’ve done something good for baseball,” he said with a smile.

Various award trophies and large photo frames. “I’ve been collecting things related to baseball since I was a kid,” says Moon. I feel like I’m getting closer to my dream,” he said.

“I’m going to start working out soon,” he said, “and rather than aiming for a title next year, I’ll set a new goal and try to achieve it as much as possible.”

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