Oh Seung-hwan, the 37-year-old "End Pan King" who has played in the Nippon Professional Baseball (NPB) and the Major League Baseball will return to the domestic professional baseball league for the first time in six years.
The Samsung Lions announced that they have signed seung for 600 million won in annual salary in 2019. The back number has been decided to be the number 21 Samsung used.
However, it is not immediately possible to see seung throwing at the pitch. Seung, who was caught illegally gambling overseas in 2015, should be punished by the KBO for "50 percent suspension of business trips (72 games) for the season in question.As a result, seung's return to the domestic league is expected from late April to early May next year. Considering seung's post-op rehabilitation and training schedule, the suspension period is not expected to be too much for the team and himself, as he will soon undergo surgery to remove bone fragments from his elbow. However, the actual annual salary for this year is 147,000$ (300 million won), as the amount of the wrong order has been reduced to 50 percent depending on the punishment.
Debuting in 2005, Oh leveled South Korean baseball with a powerful ball of pitches he called from his first professional season. In his first year since his debut, he pitched 99 innings and pitched 10 wins (one loss) and 16 saves, contributing to his team's victory. Since then, he has devoted himself to finishing, collecting 277 saves in his nine career seasons to reign as the KBO's top fire fighter.
Oh advanced to the Hanshin Tigers in Japan after the 2013 season. He was named the Central League's reliever for two years in the NPB. He became the first Korean to win the 2014 MVP of the Climax Series in the Central League, also making his name for a top-class finish in Japan.
Oh signed with the St. Louis Cardinals in 2016 and moved on to the big league. From his first season, he turned the sluggers to fastballs, showing the powyouer of the final king. After St. Louis, he went through the Toronto Blue Jays and the Colorado Rockies, where he served as the team's main bullpen resource. However, he was released from Colorado last month after showing the worst pitching performance of 9.33 with three wins and one loss due to injuries this season. He recorded 16 wins, 13 losses and a 42 saves ERA of 3.31 in his career in the big league four seasons.
Oh recorded 399 career saves among South Korea, the U.S. and Japan, and is certain to achieve his 400th career save as soon as the punishment ends.I'm very grateful to the team for their joy and welcome to wear Samsung's uniform,Oh said We'll focus on surgery and rehabilitation and try to show you a good performance next season.He is scheduled to visit Daegu Samsung Lions Park, where the Kia Tigers will be played, on Saturday to greet there fans back.