Leader? The story of the ‘distant future’… the unshakable ‘end boss’
- on Feb 05, 2023
Oh Seung-hwan (41), Samsung’s ‘end boss’, raised his voice. He is still the patron saint of Samsung. There is no pitcher in the team who can surpass Oh Seung-hwan. He went through a slump last year, but he came back to life proudly. He alone is over 40 years old, but there is no retirement. The leader is also a story in the distant future. 스포츠토토
Recently, Japanese media such as Sponichi and Daily Sports visited Akama Stadium in Onna Village, Okinawa, where Samsung camped. To see Oh Seung-hwan. He is also a familiar player to Japanese fans, especially Hanshin fans. He played for the Hanshin Tigers for two years from 2014 to 2015.
He posted 64 games, 39 saves, and a 1.76 earned run average in the 2014 season, and 63 games, 41 saves, and a 2.73 earned run average in the 2015 season. Became the king of saves for two years in a row. He also wrote a record of being the first foreign player from Hanshin to appear in 60 games for two consecutive years.
Afterwards, he returned to Samsung in 2019 after living in the United States, and has been steadily guarding Samsung’s back door since the 2020 season. He has 370 saves in the KBO league and 492 saves in Korea, the US and Japan. When it comes to his saves, he is truly unique.
Oh Seung-hwan said, “There are 8 left in the total of 500 saves in Korea, the US and Japan, and 30 left in the 400 saves in the KBO League. However, I don’t care about records. I believe that if you do your best, records will follow. The veteran comes out first with the age story. I want to change that atmosphere. I want to prepare properly first. My physical condition is better than last year. We are definitely prepared,” he stressed.
Of course, I have no intention of retiring. “If your body doesn’t keep up, you have to retire. I didn’t fall at all. I don’t think about retirement. Looking forward to this season. Currently, retirement is not in my head,” he raised his voice.
It’s not even good for retirement. In 2022, he recorded 57 innings in 57 games, 6 wins, 2 losses, 2 holds, 31 saves, and an average ERA of 3.32. He said it was sluggish, but this is it. Ankle injury came once, and he hesitated while running with it. He even came off the finish line for a while, but soon found his pace. If calculated from August, it will be 21 games, 4 wins, 13 saves, and an average ERA of 1.74.
One day I will retire. No one plays as a player until he is dry and worn out. Oh Seung-hwan also said, “If there is a chance, I want to try a coach at Hanshin. I think I can give you my secret too. I really want to try it. I will also study,” he said. But that’s another story.