“I want to play as a player representing Korea one more time.”

On the 22nd, the Hanwha Eagles said, “‘Korean Monster’ Ryu Hyun-jin returns to the KBO League after finishing his 11-year career in the American Major League. “The contract size is 8 years and KRW 17 billion (including opt-out, details of opt-out are not disclosed under agreement between both parties), making it the best treatment in Korea ever,” he said, making Ryu Hyun-jin’s return to the KBO League official.

Ryu Hyun-jin, who was selected by Hanwha as the second overall pick in the second first round of the 2006 rookie draft, achieved a ‘triple crown’ in his first year of debut, making a brilliant debut by winning the Rookie of the Year and MVP awards that year. There was no second-year jinx for Ryu Hyun-jin, who was different from his first season, and he appeared in 190 games during the seven seasons playing in the KBO league, leaving behind an impressive record of 98 wins and an earned run average of 2.80. And he joined hands with ‘Devil’s Agent’ Scott Boras and knocked on the big league stage.

Ryu Hyun-jin, who entered the major league of his dreams by signing a six-year, $36 million contract with the LA Dodgers, has been on a winning streak, winning 14 games since his first season. Of course, the six years he spent with the Dodgers were not all smooth. Ryu Hyun-jin lost nearly two years of time as he was put on the operating table due to a labral tear in his left shoulder. However, as much as he is labeled as a ‘monster’, Ryu Hyun-jin returned to the big league mound based on his good recovery and once again proved his worth.

In particular, Ryu Hyun-jin pitched in 29 games in the 2019 season, pitched 182 innings, and had a ‘career high’ season with 14 wins, 5 losses, and an ERA of 2.32. In addition to the joy of being selected as an All-Star for the first time in his life, he ranked first in the major leagues in earned run average, and based on such performance, he was ranked second in the National League Cy Young Award voting. And, amid strong interest from big league clubs in the free agent (FA) market, he signed a large four-year contract worth $80 million with the Toronto Blue Jays.

His good form continued into his time in Toronto. In particular, the opening of his first season after his transfer was delayed and a shortened season was held due to COVID-19, but Ryu Hyun-jin performed well enough to rank third in the American League Cy Young Award voting. Afterwards, he took another long hiatus due to undergoing Tommy John surgery, but after returning to the mound in August of last year, he went 3 wins, 3 losses, and an ERA of 3.46, proving that he is not only healthy but can still hit big league hitters. .

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