The 39-year-old Hiroki Kuroda kept his promise, “I will go back to Japan when I have strength. Of course, to Hiroshima.” What judgment will 36-year-old Ryu, who vowed to spend the end of his career with the Hanwha Eagles, make.랭크카지노
Before you know it, the last weekend of 2023 is approaching. Ryu Hyun-jin’s decision on his future is very likely to go through the year. Hanwha Eagles is working behind the scenes, but it is not yet time for Ryu Hyun-jin to make a decision.
Scott Boras, Ryu’s agent, predicted at the winter meeting last month that Ryu will not return to Korea yet. The reason why Boras gave a positive prediction was that there is always demand for starting pitchers, and that Ryu still has skills to play in the Major League.
The situation remains uncertain. Rumors of a relocation that could be a hint are often emerging. The New York Yankees or the New York Mets, who sought to recruit Yoshinobu Yamamoto from the Los Angeles Dodgers but failed to produce results, are also considered promising teams.
The local atmosphere makes us expect a long-term game. Yamamoto has signed a 12-year, mega-contract of 325 million U.S. dollars with the Dodgers, but it has not led to a “domino contract.” Blake Snell and Jordan Montgomery remain as the two-top starters. Marcus Stroman, Lucas Giolito, and Clayton Kershaw also have yet to decide their destinations. It is too early for Ryu to decide his future after receiving specific proposals.
Above all, Ryu is still 36 years old and 37 years old next year. As he is not a pitcher who competes with fast speed and strong pitching, his age is less affected. This is why big names FA are constantly mentioning Ryu’s name on the news about the remaining Stove League trends. It also means that he is in a different situation from when Kuroda decided to return to Japan. Kuroda wore the Hiroshima uniform again at the age of 40.
Kuroda is famous as a symbol of romance even to Korean baseball fans. He moved to the Major League as a member of the Hiroshima Carp, a small market team, and returned to Japan at the age of 39, shaking off an 18 million-dollar salary offer.
Kuroda’s surprise return was significant enough to vitalize Hiroshima’s domestic economy. The impact on the team was also huge. With Kuroda’s return, the team started to attract national attention, and season tickets were sold out as soon as pre-orders began. Hiroshima topped the Central League in 2016, two years after Kuroda’s return, and remained No. 1 for three consecutive years until 2018.
Just as Kuroda says, “When power remains in play, Kuroda has won 21 games and 203 U.S.-Japan wins in the last two years.” Along with Kuroda, however, Hiroshima was blocked by Nippon-Ham Fighters of the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2016 and became the runner-up in the Japan Series. Kuroda retired from active duty after 2016.
Kuroda had a double-digit victory for five consecutive years before returning to Japan, and consistently maintained a three-point ERA for seven seasons in the Major League. Even if he was not a top-rated ace, he had an adjusted ERA of 110 to 120 every year, giving stability to his rotation.
During the first four seasons from 2008 to 2011, he played for the Dodgers and recorded 41 wins, 46 losses, and an ERA of 3.45 in 115 games. The only blemish in Kuroda’s Major League career was that he pitched in 21 games after being hit in the head by a hit ball in 2009. In the remaining six seasons, he pitched in more than 30 games and pitched in more than 180 innings.
He spent the last three years with the Yankees from 2012 to 2014. He played 38-33 with an ERA of 3.44 in 97 games, but his performance did not deteriorate even though he was in his late 30s. He pitched a whopping 620 innings for the three years. He moved Yankee Stadium, which was advantageous for batters, to a home run, but he had 0.9 homers per nine innings.
Although he never mentioned Kuroda’s name, Ryu also dreams of the same end as Kuroda. When asked about his willingness to return to Hanwha in October this year, he nailed it again, saying, “I have no change in my mind. Of course I will do that.”
There is still an open possibility that the timing will be postponed a little more. Ryu has not pitched as many innings as Kuroda did, but it is not a big flaw. When Kuroda was playing in the Major League, he was recognized as a full-time starting pitcher only when he played more than 30 games and exceeded 180 innings. Now, just 160 innings is considered an innings pitched. Above all, Ryu has excelled in minimizing lost points during the innings he is responsible for. In this year’s 11 games, he had three wins, three losses and an earned run average (ERA) of 3.46. The ERA+ was 123, which was among the best.
Hanwha is in a position to wait for Ryu’s decision first. Sohn Hyuk, head of Hanwha, reportedly made an appointment with Ryu Hyun-jin for the end of the year. It is said that the meeting is not just for negotiations, but for year-end meetings.