“The world’s Oh Seung-hwan…” It’s
still April, but Samsung made a decision. It was decided to change the position of closer Oh Seung-hwan (41). Oh Seung-hwan took the mound in the bottom of the 9th inning with Samsung leading 5-4 in the game against Gocheok Kiwoom on the 19th, but Lee Hyung-jong got a right-handed hit, followed by Edison Russell’s right-handed double and tied the score at 5-5. Allowed, recorded his second blown save of the season.
He collected 4 saves this year, but continued his uneasy pitching with a 토토사이트4.91 earned run average with 1 win, 1 loss and 4 saves. It is true that it is difficult to see him overpowering batters as he has no choice but to fall in both speed and pitch as his heyday has passed. Oh Seung-hwan is already 41 years old. It is impossible to escape the passing of time. In addition, a bad ankle at the beginning of the season was one of the factors hindering Oh’s pitching.
Samsung coach Park Jin-man said, “Since he has been conceding runs lately, even Oh Seung-hwan seems to have lost his confidence a bit. To be honest, I don’t think I can throw the ball well even from the side. I hope I can regain my confidence. The new closer is ‘Jwa Seung-hyeon (left-handed pitcher Lee Seung-hyeon)’.”
It was never an easy decision. Manager Park Jin-man also said, “I thought about it a lot. Oh Seung-hwan is an indispensable player for the team, and as the oldest, he is the player who must lead the pitching part.” .
It is unknown when Oh Seung-hwan will be able to return as a closer. Director Park Jin-man does not intend to set a separate period for him and watch Oh Seung-hwan. If Oh Seung-hwan recovers his pace as soon as possible, he is expected to return as a closer.
Oh Seung-hwan is close to reaching an immortal record, but as he resigned from the position of finishing pitcher, whether or not he will achieve the record is now in the fog. Oh Seung-hwan, who played not only in the KBO League but also in the Major League and Nippon Professional Baseball, recorded 496 saves in Korea, the U.S. and Japan. He accumulated 374 saves in Korea, 42 saves in the United States and 80 saves in Japan. Now, if he adds only 4 saves, he sets a huge record of 500 saves in Korea, the US and Japan. Even in the major leagues, only two players, Mariano Rivera and Trevor Hoffman, have achieved more than 500 saves in their careers.
The achievement of a great record is just around the corner, but it is fate that he has to put down the position of finishing pitcher. It’s grim, but this is the reality. Will Oh Seung-hwan be able to recreate the image of the ‘final boss’ who returns as a finishing pitcher and wins a save?