The pitcher with the most consecutive losses in KBO League history has changed. Shim Soo-chang (42), a commentator for MBC Sports Plus, who had held the record for 12 years, had 18 consecutive losses and fell to second place. Hanwha pitcher Jang Si-hwan (36) lost 19 consecutive losses, the most ever, sending Shim Soo-chang’s 18 consecutive losses to the dark side of history. 메이저놀이터
Jang Si-hwan became a losing pitcher in the Gocheok Kiwoom match on the 1st, which was the opening game of the 2023 season. Jang Si-hwan, who climbed the mound at the end of the 10th inning with a tied score of 2-2, allowed Kim Hye-seong to hit a double on the left line after one out, then Lee Jung-hoo intentionally 4 pitches and Edison Russell’s left-handed hit led to Lee Hyung-jong’s left-handed timely hit from 2-out full base. , and gave away points.
With this, Jang Si-hwan set a new KBO League disgrace record with his 19th individual straight loss, starting with Daejeon NC on September 27, 2020. During this period, Jang Si-hwan recorded an average ERA of 6.09 in a total of 87 games (19 starts). His first 13 losses were starting losses, and after changing his position to the bullpen, he added 6 relief losses and is on a 19-game losing streak.
During his 19th losing streak, Zhang Shihwan won saves (14) and holds (10), but these are records unrelated to losing streaks. Only a win can break his losing streak, he said. His last victory was a starter against Doosan in Daejeon on September 22, 2020 (6 innings, 1 run). His redemption made it more difficult to break the losing streak as he changed positions.
As Jang Si-hwan accumulated a losing streak, Shim Soo-chang’s record of 18 consecutive losses was also recalled. Commissioner Shim suffered 18 consecutive losses before Daegu Samsung on August 3, 2011, his first match since being traded to Nexen (now Kiwoom) before Munhak SK on June 26, 2009, when he was a member of LG. During this period, he recorded an ERA of 6.10 in a total of 37 games (24 starts), with no wins, 18 losses and 1 hold. His losing streak was broken on August 9, 2011 against Sajik Lotte with a start in 6⅓ innings and one run.
Of the 18 consecutive losses, 15 were starts. He had seven quality starts, but had the bad luck of not receiving any support from the batting line, such as losing five. Commissioner Shim, who retired from active duty at the end of 2019, used his 18-game winning streak as a “self-harm gag” material in his broadcasting activities. During last year’s season, Jang Si-hwan also said, “Soo Chang-i hyung told me not to look over his record. I also want to break the losing streak, but that doesn’t work for me.”
Commissioner Shim, who knows the bitter pain of a long losing streak better than anyone else, cheered his juniors with a joke. However, his wish did not continue, and from the opening game in 2023, Jang Si-hwan set a new record of 19 consecutive losses. Commissioner Shim’s record also disappeared into the dark side of history after 12 years.
A long losing streak that no one wants to suffer. It has become an icon of defeat, but ironically, it is a record that cannot be achieved without skill. Commissioner Shim steadily became capable enough to rotate in the first-team selection rotation, and later signed an FA contract and had a long run of 15 seasons in the pros. Jiang Si-Hwan, who is in his 16th season this year, also signed a 3-year free agent contract last year, boasting competitive pitches in the bullpen. As he continues to play, the record continues. It’s not a record to be ashamed of.
The record for the most consecutive losses by a pitcher in the US Major League is much longer than Jang Si-hwan. The late Anthony Young, a right-handed pitcher for the New York Mets, suffered 27 consecutive losses from the Cincinnati Reds on May 7, 1992 (hereafter Korean time) to the Los Angeles Dodgers on July 25, 1993. During this period, he recorded 16 saves and 4 holds in 77 games (17 starts) and had a decent ERA of 4.36, but he did not follow the Mets, which was a dark period.
The long awaited victory came on July 29, 1993 against the Florida Marlins. Young, who took the mound in the top of the ninth with the score tied 3-3, gave up one run and was on the verge of losing, but the Mets scored two runs in the bottom of the ninth to finish 5-4. “They treated me as if I had won the World Series,” said Young, who was vehemently congratulated by his teammates the moment he got out of the pit of his 27-game losing streak.
Young died of a brain tumor in June 2017 at the young age of 51. At the time, the Mets team honored the deceased, saying, “The losing streak did not take away Young’s sense of humor or dignity.” Former Mets infielder Doug Flynn said, “Young was the victim of a series of bad luck. But he knew he was a much better pitcher than his record.”