Oh Seung-hwan (41-Samsung Lions) dreams of a perfect resurrection of the ‘endgame king’. He’ll be 42 next year, but his goal is to make sure his age doesn’t come into play.
At the beginning of the 2023 season, Seung-hwan Oh was not himself.
After starting the season as a closer, Oh collected four saves in his first seven games, but his ERA reached 4.91.
At the time, Samsung manager Park Jin-man switched Oh’s role from closer to middle reliever and then gave him the drastic prescription of starting. On May 3, he made his first start since his professional debut in 2005 against the Daegu Kiwoom Heroes.
Shortly after his start, he returned to the first team as a reliever, but was unable to regain his form.
On June 16 against the Suwon KT Wiz, he was sent to the second team for showing anger after giving up a run. It was a very unusual display of anger for Oh, who was nicknamed “stone cold” for his lack of emotion in any situation.
Although he is known for taking care of his body, there was even talk of his retirement after his outburst.
It wasn’t until the second half of the season that Oh started to come alive. In August, he appeared in 13 games and recorded 10 saves, and from September onward, he anchored Samsung’s back end with seven saves and a 0.63 ERA in 13 games. With 30 saves on the season, he became the first pitcher in KBO history to reach the 400-save plateau.
Next year, I don’t want to hear any more talk about my age. He wants to perform as well as he can.
“I’ve been hearing about my age for a few years now,” Oh said with a wry smile at a recent award ceremony, “and I’ve said I’m confident many times. However, it seems to be showing through in my performance.” 보스토토
“I’m not denying my performance. But I would like to have a season where I can get rid of the age story.”
Still, he is confident in his body. Oh, who is eligible for free agency after the 2023 season, has expressed his desire to extend his career and remain with Samsung. Samsung is also in talks to extend his contract.