Upon his return to his native South Korea following his first season pitching in Major League Baseball, St. Louis Cardinals relief pitcher Seung-hwan Oh held a press conference with the media in Seoul on Wednesday.
Among the topics, as reported by Yonhap News Agency:
- Oh is the first Korean to record a save in his home country, Japan and the United States.
- Even his father did not expect Oh to post a sub-2.00 ERA this season (1.92).
- The right-hander was pleased with his results, but would also have liked to reach 20 saves (19).
- Oh expects to report to 2017 spring training to compete for the Cardinals’ closer role.
- The 34-year-old acknowledged that he was slowed late in the season with a thigh injury.
- Oh has been left off his country’s 50-man provisional World Baseball Classic roster, apparently due to continuing backlash from his off-shore gambling, which is illegal in South Korea. A 2015 investigation led to a fine and a Korean Baseball Organization suspension of 72 games, which remains in place. The reliever could still be added to the WBC roster later, but it appears that sentiment is against him. Oh stated that if asked to play next spring, he will do the best he can.
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