NC Dinos manager Han Dong-hee has been the mouth and ears for starting pitcher Eric Pedi this year, standing by his side on and off the field. Pedi made his first appearance in the KBO and responded with an epic performance. Manager Han Dong-hee said, “I was happy and honored to be with a shining player. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.”토토사이트
In total, Pedi went 20-6 with a 2.00 ERA in 30 games and 180⅓ innings this season. He added 209 strikeouts to complete the 20-win, 200-strikeout record. He is the fifth player in KBO history and the first foreigner. It was the first time in 37 years since Sun Dong-yeol (24 wins, 214 strikeouts, Hattae Tigers) in 1986. He also won the pitcher’s triple crown, holding titles in ERA, wins, and strikeouts. He is the fourth Korean pitcher to do so and the first non-Korean after Sun Dong-yeol (1986-1989-1990-1991-Haetae), Ryu Hyun-jin (2006-Hanwha), and Yoon Seok-min (2011-KIA Tigers).
Trophies galore. Won five KBO awards. In addition to being named the KBO MVP, he has won the ERA, Wins, Strikeouts, and Pitcher’s Fielding Trophy. He is the second NC player to win the MVP award in eight years and the first since Eric Thames in 2015. Pedi thanked the NC organization, his teammates, family, and fans. He also thanked manager Han Dong-hee. She bowed 90 degrees to honor him.
Han said, “Pedi has been really good this whole season. I think I received a lot of good energy from him,” and “He often mentioned my name whenever I did well. I was shaking in my boots. I was so emotional, I had to hold back my emotions.” “I think I met a really good player. I’m a blessed man. I will always be grateful to him.”
They worked together like brothers. As one manager recalls, “He was a prankster. Sometimes verbally, sometimes physically.” “He has a younger brother and I have an older brother. “He has a younger brother and I have a younger brother. We both grew up bickering with each other,” he smiles.
Pedi has had his ups and downs. He was hit in the arm by a pitch at the end of the regular season. Fatigue set in and he missed much of the postseason. In Game 1 of the playoffs, he pitched six innings of one-run ball to earn the win.
“His passion and commitment to the game of baseball was unparalleled,” says one manager, “and he was more of a listener than an advisor.” “You’re in a foreign country and you think you’re not on your side,” says another. I often said to him, ‘I’m on your side. As a manager, as a brother, and as a friend, he truly considered him family.”
Pedi is still considering his future. Major League Baseball (MLB) and Nippon Professional Baseball (NPB) are among his options. NC is offering the best deal, including a multi-year contract. One of the managers said, “Wherever he plays in the future, I hope he can play 200 innings without injury and become an even greater player. I know he’s a great person before he’s a baseball player, so if he keeps doing what he’s been doing, he’ll be even better.”
Han started interpreting at the 2018 PyeongChang Olympics. He worked for Hyundai Capital in the 2021-2022 men’s professional volleyball season. He joined the NC last year. He was in charge of pitchers Wes Parsons and Matt Dermody. This season, he had his best year with Pedi.