In Japan, attention was also paid to the retirement of Josh Lindblom (36), a foreign ace called ‘Lin Dong-won’ and ‘Lin Chul-soon’ in Korea.
Full Count, a Japanese baseball media, reported on the 19th that “Lindblom, who was an MVP in the KBO League, failed in his second season after returning to the US Major League.”
Lindblom announced his retirement through his SNS (social network service) on the 13th (Korean time).
When announcing his retirement, Lindblom said, “Over the past 30 years of playing baseball, I’ve learned more than balls and strikes, hits and runs, wins and losses. Baseball has taught me life.” I express my meaning. My active baseball life is over, but Lindblom will not be,” he said goodbye.
Full Count said of Lindblom, “After debuting on the major league stage with the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2011, he pitched in a total of 74 games in Philadelphia in the 2012 season. And he marked double-digit wins for two seasons in a row.”
However, after the 2016 season, Lindblom left his contract with Lotte to return to the United States to focus on treating his daughter’s heart disease.
The media explained, “I signed a contract with Pittsburgh for the 2017 season, but returned to Lotte midway through. I played for Doosan since 2018, and in 2019 won 20 wins and won MVP.”
Lindblom played an active part in the 2019 season with a 20-3 record and an ERA of 2.50, winning the regular season MVP and Golden Glove in the pitching category. 1st in wins, strikeouts (189), winning rate (0.870). It was second in the ERA category.
Continued, Full Count said, “Ahead of the 2020 season, I returned to the big leagues by signing a three-year, up to $18 million contract with Milwaukee. However, that year, I started in 12 games and went 2-4 with an ERA of 5.16, falling short of expectations.” He won 63 wins in 5 seasons in the KBO league, but only 7 wins in 7 seasons in the major leagues.” 안전놀이터
In the end, Lindblom took off his uniform without continuing his satisfactory performance in the major leagues. Full Count, citing trade rumors from the US media, said, “Unfortunately, Lindblom could not reproduce the performance he had in the KBO league in the major leagues. He, who played in 134 major league games and 130 KBO league games, is retiring from active duty.”