The protagonist of ‘5 consecutive fights’ fighting spirit, honors the spirit of ‘KS 4 wins’ Choi Dong-won… “It is natural to throw responsibly, I will become a player who puts character first”

“It is natural to throw responsibly.”

On the 12th, the Choi Dong-won Memorial Association, which hosts the Choi Dong-won Award, announced that Taek-yeon Kim (Incheon High School) was selected as the winner of the ‘6th Presidential High School Choi Dong-won Award’.토토사이트

Players who performed outstandingly in high school baseball this year, including Jeon Mir (Gyeongbuk High School), Cho Dae-hyun (Gangneung High School), Park Geon-woo (Chungam High School), and Jeong Hee-soo (Cheonan CS), were nominated. The criteria for candidate selection were 5 items in total, including ① 15 or more games pitched, ② 50 or more innings pitched, ③ 4 or more wins, ④ ERA of 2.60 or less, and ⑤ 55 or more strikeouts.

Kim Taek-yeon achieved outstanding results this year in the high school baseball weekend league and national tournament, including 7 wins, 1 loss, 1.13 ERA, 97 strikeouts, and 9 walks in 13 games and 64 innings in the national tournament. 

Kim Taek-yeon, who attended the Choi Dong-won Award ceremony held at the BNK Busan Bank headquarters in Munhyeon-dong, Busan on the 17th, said, “It was an award he really wanted to receive and an award he had a goal for. “I am so honored to have been given such a great opportunity,” he said. “Actually, I haven’t seen Choi Dong-won throw in person, but I’ve seen it a lot on video. “I think he needs to prepare harder to become a player worthy of Choi Dong-won-sang’s stature,” he said. 

Choi Dong-won was called the embodiment of fighting spirit with an unprecedented record of 4 wins during the 1984 Korean Series. The Choi Dong-won Award is an award established to honor the ‘indomitable spirit of Choi Dong-won.’ “I felt that he was a player who had a great sense of responsibility for the team, and I thought he was a player who was devoted to the team and a player who gave everything to the team,” is Kim Taek-yeon’s opinion.

Kim Taek-yeon also displayed a fighting spirit that matched the ‘Choi Dong-won spirit.’ At the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) U-18 Baseball World Cup held in Taiwan, he showed his fighting spirit with five consecutive pitches and led Korea to a bronze medal.

It started with a relief win against Puerto Rico in the group stage on the 6th and 7th, with 21 pitches in 1⅔ innings and 19 pitches in 1⅓ innings over two days, with a total of 40 no runs in 3 innings. He then pitched 16 pitches in 1⅓ innings against the United States in the Super Round on the 8th, and 24 pitches in 1 inning against the Netherlands on the 9th. And in the game against the United States on the 10th, which was the bronze medal match, he started as a starter and led a 4-0 victory with 7 innings, 2 hits, 1 walk, 9 strikeouts, and no runs. 

He pitched overwhelmingly over 5 days, throwing 178 pitches in 12⅓ innings, allowing 2 hits, 2 walks, 20 strikeouts, and 1 run, with an earned run average of 0.73, but he could not avoid the abuse controversy.

However, Taekyeon Kim was resolute both at the time of the competition and now. He said, “If any team trusts me and puts me on the mound, I think it is natural for me to pitch responsibly. Also, you have to prepare well. It doesn’t hurt if you throw a lot. “If I prepare well, I think I will be able to do it,” he said. Regarding his physical condition after the 5-game series, he said, “I did a medical test and it is fine. He is exercising well now. “There’s no problem right now,” he said with a smile. “When the controversy over the fight arose, people in Korea were very worried and supported us a lot. That support gave me more strength. There are no problems now and I also won a bronze medal, so I think it ended well with a happy ending. “It was a good experience,” he said emphatically.

In the 2024 rookie draft held after the tournament, he was nominated by Doosan as the second overall pick in the first round and earned the nickname ‘Doo Taek-yeon.’ Doosan went to great lengths to prepare a uniform with Kim Taek-yeon’s name on it, and also showed expectations by receiving a contract payment of 350 million won, the same as Hwang Jun-seo (Jangchung High School), who was selected by Hanwha with the first overall pick in the first round.

He said, “I heard that this is the first time the club has made uniforms. Also, regardless of the down payment, I am very thankful that they think of me this much. The fans are probably also very excited, and I am preparing hard to meet their expectations for next year. He expressed his future aspirations, saying, “I want to become a player who is not sick, is sincere, and puts character first.”

Meanwhile, Eric Peddy, the winner of the ’10th BNK Busan Bank Choi Dong-won Award’ with 20 wins and 200 strikeouts, was unable to attend because the season was still in progress, and Lee Jin-man, CEO of NC Dinos, accepted the award on his behalf.

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