Left-handed pitcher Cha Woo-chan (36-Lotte Giants), who has 112 career wins, is hanging up his uniform.
Lotte announced on Sunday that “Cha Woo-chan has decided to retire.” “I thought this year would be my last, so I prepared hard from spring training until recently, but my body and condition did not keep up, so I decided to retire,” Cha Woo-chan said through the club.
A graduate of Gunsan Sangho High School, Cha Woo-chan broke into the professional ranks in 2006 when he was selected by the Samsung Lions with the seventh overall pick in the second round of the first Korean Baseball Organization draft.
He continued to play for Samsung until the 2016 season, when he became a free agent and moved to the LG Twins ahead of the 2017 season. After being released by LG at the end of last year, he signed with Lotte, hoping to make a comeback with a third team.
However, he left the mound without a spectacular resurgence.
This year, Cha Woo-chan hasn’t received a single call-up to the first team. Even in the Futures (second division) league, he only appeared in one game, pitching one inning of one-hit ball with two strikeouts.
In his career, Cha Woo-chan has appeared in 457 games, compiling a record of 112-79-32 with one save and a 4.51 ERA. He had five straight years of double-digit wins from 2015 to 2019, and led the league in strikeouts in 2015 with 194.
Injuries hampered his last two years.
A shoulder strain in mid-August 2020 ended his season, but he returned in June 2021 and went 2-1 with a 5.24 ERA in five games.
He was named to the Tokyo 2020 Olympic baseball team and took the mound at the Olympics, but after the Games, he underwent shoulder surgery and was again sidelined from the first team, and his career came to an end. 먹튀검증