“There is a saying that ‘filial sons always come home’.”
The 20-win pitcher is back. The Doosan Bears re-signed Raul Alcantara as a foreign pitcher this season.
Return to Doosan after 3 years. Debuting in the KBO League wearing a KT Wiz uniform in 2019, he moved to Doosan in 2020 and recorded 20 wins and 2 losses with an ERA of 2.54 in 31 games. He recorded the most wins that year and won the Golden Glove in the pitching category.
Showing off his peak skills in the KBO League, he rejected Doosan’s offer to renew his contract and signed with the Hanshin Tigers in Japan. He, who was highly anticipated as a starter in Japan, was not able to secure his place, such as being pushed out of the middle due to a relief pitch. In two seasons, 63 matches, 4 wins, 6 losses, 1 save, 25 holds, an average ERA of 3.96.
Doosan reached out again to Alcantara, which was released after the end of the 2022 season. In Japan, it was somewhat lacking, but when looking at detailed data, it was judged that it was still competitive.
Alcantara, who is building her body by participating in the spring camp in Blacktown, Sydney, Australia, said, “I didn’t feel like I had played for a different team for the past two years because everyone welcomed me. Thank you,” he said.
My time in Japan was not wasted. Alcantara said, “In Japanese baseball, there are hitters with good accuracy, and there are also hitters with technical skills. Now, I have learned a lot about how to deal with such hitters and what kind of pitches are effective.” said.
Right after the return to Doosan was confirmed, Alcantara posted on social media that “People always go back to the good place.” Alcantara explained, “It’s a Spanish proverb. It means ‘filial sons always come home.'” “I am Doosan’s son. I want to remain as a filial son. I left it to mean that I will go home again now.” He continued, “From now on, I will be quietly at home.”
Alcantara said, “Doosan recorded the worst performance since its establishment last year. I think the players will feel the pressure and play. I want to advance and move toward a bigger goal.” 온라인바카라