Since joining the Toronto Blue Jays, Ryu Hyun-jin, 36, has become an established veteran. The team respected him and he was trusted within the team. As a veteran, Ryu also brings tangible and intangible values to the table.
MLB.com wrote about Ryu’s return, “Ryu is more than a mentor. He’s a different type of ‘big brother’ than a traditional leader,” explaining, “He’s always joking around, but when younger players ask for advice, he generously passes on his know-how.” As the oldest and most senior member of the team, he would take them out for dinner and invite them to his home, paying for the meal out of his own pocket.
Alec Manoa, 25, was a prime example of a youngster who grew up under Ryu’s care. Even though Manoa has been up and down this year, it’s no secret that he has formed a close relationship with Ryu, trusting and relying on him.
When Ryu went down with Tommy John surgery last year, it was a question mark as to whether or not he would be able to make a successful comeback, regardless of position. It was the second Tommy John surgery of his career, and he had already undergone a labral tear in his shoulder. He also had surgery to remove necrotic tissue from his elbow. It’s no wonder Ryu’s left arm wasn’t doing well.
But Ryu persevered through a grueling rehabilitation period, and 14 months later, he’s back in Toronto’s starting rotation and helping the team through fall baseball. In seven games since his return, he is 3-2 with a 2.65 ERA (10 earned runs in 34 innings), eight walks and 28 strikeouts. 바카라
In an era of 100-mph monsters, the Korean Monster is proving that he can still be competitive with a 90-mph fastball. While many doubted his comeback, let alone his resurgence, Ryu proved the doubters wrong.
On the 8th (KST), Canadian media outlet Sportsnet Canada published comments from manager John Schneider regarding Ryu Hyun-jin. ‘When Ryu’s elbow injury occurred last summer, it was unlikely he would ever pitch again for the Blue Jays, let alone pitch efficiently. He underwent a second Tommy John surgery at age 35. It amplified his struggles and left him unsure if he should be in Toronto’s plans for 2023.” The outlook was pessimistic.