The first Mungim War is coming. On Sunday, August 6, Gwangju Champions Field will be the site of the first ever Moon-Kim War.
Moon Dong-ju and Kim Do-young are two of the most talked-about rivals of all time, both having entered the professional ranks with tons of hype. Moon Dong-ju was a 155-kilometer fastball pitcher in high school, and Kim Do-young was the second Lee Jong-bum, giving the KIA Tigers a lot of trouble.
Since then, they’ve made it to the professional ranks, where they’ve calmly thrived as Hanwha’s ace and KIA’s center fielder. Today, there is no doubt in the minds of baseball officials or fans that they will lead the Korean professional baseball team. They are growing up fast.
This season, Moon has pitched 93 innings with a 3.48 ERA. He has established himself as the perfect homegrown starter. To top it off, he became the first Korean to throw 160 kilometers at Gwangju Champions Field earlier this season. He is literally the best young pitcher in South Korea.
Many baseball people are saying that he will be the next great pitcher to represent Korea. Hoo-boda has been a strong rookie this season.
But Kim Do-young is no slouch either. Kim missed the Asian Games due to metatarsal surgery earlier in the season, but has been swinging the bat since returning from injury. On August 3, he pounded out four hits for Samsung Electronics, boosting his batting average tremendously.
This season, he is batting .339 with an OPS of .891. He also has eight stolen bases. It’s a shame that his walks are a bit low at eight, but he’s doing a great job of batting second in front of Na Sung-bum, bringing in Park Chan-ho and Choi Won-joon.
The two had plenty of opportunities to face each other in high school, as they were in the same area. In an early-season scrimmage, Moon struck out Kim Do-young on three pitches with a 154-kilometer fastball. However, the last time they faced each other was in the weekend league, where Kim managed to get two hits (a single up the middle and a bunt down the third base line) against Moon, and Moon won the game and the first pick. In the final game, Kim was half a step ahead.
Kim Do-young and Moon Dong-joo are two of the best talents Gwangju has produced in recent years. Both have been cleared and registered by Major League Baseball, and both were highly touted prospects in the U.S. with substantial offers from Major League Baseball. This is the first time they have faced each other in a professional uniform.안전놀이터
Kim Do-young was in awe of her much-covered rival, but also showed a competitive spirit that she didn’t want to lose.
Kim Do-young said, “Honestly, I’m scared because Dong-ju is such a good pitcher now. But I beat him in a high school game, so experience doesn’t matter, and I think I’m a better pitcher than I was then, but I’m also a better hitter than I was then, so I think it will be a good game.”
Professional baseball needs stories and tension to keep fans interested. The two are similar to the story of Kuwata and Kiyohara, who once dominated the Japanese baseball scene, and are often talked about as the Korean version of H2. The talent of the two is of the highest order.
In the future, “Moon Kim Daejeon” will continue to be the best content in professional baseball to attract fans’ attention. The first historic big bang is about to begin at Gwangju Champions Field.