“Don’t relax! Okay?” Na Kyun-ahn, who won the monthly MVP, was scolded by the pitching coach on the day he won the MVP.
On the 9th, 메이저놀이터a KBO league match between Lotte and Doosan was held at Sajik Baseball Stadium in Busan. Ahead of the game, Lotte coach Bae Young-soo called Na Kyun-an, who was late for training, and gave him some prickly advice.
KBO announced on the 9th that Lotte Giants pitcher Na Kyun-an was selected as the KBO League Monthly MVP for April.
Na Kyun-an received 11 out of 29 (37.9%) votes from reporters and 154,139 (39.3%) out of 392,071 fan votes, with a total score of 38.62, and won the April Monthly MVP. Na Kyun-ahn’s monthly MVP award is the first in his professional career.
During the month of April, Na Kyun-an pitched 33 starts and ⅔ innings in a total of 5 games, recording 4 wins and an average ERA of 1.34.
Na Kyun-an, who changed his position from catcher to pitcher in 2020, also changed his name from Na Jong-deok to Na Kyun-an, and began his second baseball life. Na Kyun-ahn is having a successful season, playing the role of Lotte’s ace this year, his 4th year as a pitcher.
At the end of April, Lotte ran a record-breaking 9 consecutive wins and tasted the joy of being ranked first in the league for the first time in 11 years. In the five games in which Na Kyun-an played as a starter, Lotte won all.
Na Kyun-an’s strong pitching is all the more meaningful as it came while Lotte starting foreign pitchers Strayley and Barnes and glasses ace Park Se-woong were all sluggish.
Na Kyun-ahn was congratulated by his colleagues on the day he won the monthly MVP, but only one thought differently. Bae Young-soo, pitching coach, summoned Na Kyun-an, who was late for training, and gave him some sharp advice. It was the happiest day for Na Kyun-ahn, but not for coach Bae Young-soo.
Na Kyun-ahn started in the KIA away game against Gwangju on May 3, but suffered his first loss of the season, allowing 5 runs (5 earned) in 4 innings. It was an opportunity for the team to post a 10-game winning streak, but the record was stopped by Na Kyun-an’s starting game.
When asked if the team atmosphere has improved after 9 consecutive victories, coach Bae Young-soo answered, “No! I’m still doing my best in every game” and did not relax.
Na Kyun-an’s April MVP award is an honor for the team, but it’s only been a month since the opening.
Spring is passing. Carelessness is forbidden. It takes only a moment to become ‘Bomde’ again.