Seunghwan Oh (40) wrote a great record.
The Samsung Lions won 9-6 against the 2023 Shinhan Bank Sol KBO League NC Dinos held at Samsung Lions Park in Daegu on the 6th. Samsung maintained 7th place with 23 wins and 28 losses in 51 matches.
Oh Seung-hwan, the finisher of Samsung’s ‘end plate’ on this day, climbed the mound in the top of the 9th inning. Oh Seung-hwan allowed lead hitter Son A-seop to hit, but Seo Ho-chul hit second baseman straight, Cheon Jae-hwan struck out, and Jason Martin hit first baseman grounder. Through this, Oh Seung-hwan, who deleted the innings, added one save while protecting the team’s victory.
With this save, Oh Seung-hwan recorded his 8th save this season and achieved 500 saves in Korea, the US and Japan. It is truly a colossal feat.스포츠토토
Oh Seung-hwan, born in 1982, wore a Samsung uniform in the 2nd 1st round in 2005 with a total of 5 times. The following year, with 47 saves in 2006, his first full-time finishing year, he recorded the most saves ever in a single season in the KBO League.
On the mound, the saying that he can handle 100 people is suitable. After that, he played an active role as Samsung’s final boss and opened the Lions dynasty wide.
Oh Seung-hwan (left) celebrating with Yadier Molina (right), the best catcher for the St. Louis Cardinals. Photo┃Newsis/AP
Seunghwan Oh started his overseas life in 2014 when he moved to Hanshin Tigers in Japan. Oh Seung-hwan was also very active there. From 2016, he moved to the major leagues in the United States and played a big role in the St. Louis Cardinals, Toronto Blue Jays and Colorado Rockies. In particular, the memory of locking the back door while matching battery breathing with the best catcher Yadier Molina in St. Louis is still vivid.
Oh Seung-hwan returned to Samsung in 2019, and the save that day brought him to 378 saves in his KBO league career. He recorded 80 saves in Japan and 42 saves in the United States, making 500 saves in Korea, the US and Japan.
Even though direct comparison is difficult due to the different leagues, only Mariano Rivera with 652 saves and Trevor Hoffman with 601 saves have surpassed 500 saves in the major leagues. In Japanese professional baseball, 407 saves is the record of Hitoki Iwase. 500 saves in a single league are rare, but of course there is no combined 500 saves in Korea, the US and Japan. Oh Seung-hwan made such a feat.
It is even more wonderful because it is a record made by overcoming his ordeal. Oh Seung-hwan had a difficult time this season, and because of that, he improved his condition by starting for the first time in his life. However, the final boss overcame this too and stood tall with 500 saves. He made a record that will last forever.
In the end, Karim Benzema’s choice was to go to Saudi Arabia.
It was ‘official’. On the 7th (Korean time), Al Ittihad announced on its official channel, ‘Introducing the new superstar Benzema. Welcome to Al Ittihad.” Benzema wears an Al Ittihad shirt. On the back of the uniform, ‘2026’, which means the contract period, was written. “It’s always exciting to experience new football in another country,” Benzema said. “There are a lot of players. Cristiano Ronaldo is playing. I will try to win, just like I did in Europe.” The specific salary has not been disclosed, but reports suggest it is estimated at 200 million euros. It is the same amount as Ronaldo, who signed with Al Nasr in January.
Benzema made a reversal decision on the 4th. Parting with Real Madrid. “The captain, Benzema, is the most spectacular and unforgettable player in our club,” Real Madrid said on official channels. He agreed to end my time with him. Real Madrid express their gratitude and affection to one of our greatest legends, Benzema. Prior to this announcement, Fabrizio Romano, a European transfer market expert, also posted on his social media account, “Benzema is leaving Real Madrid. In the morning, Benzema’s side held talks with Real Madrid’s side. The decision was made by breaking up,’ he said.
Even at first, Benzema was highly likely to remain at Real Madrid. Benzema recently received an offer from Saudi Arabia, which is sending indiscriminate offers to big stars. Al Ittihad gestured towards Benzema. Benzema informed Real Madrid of this. Benzema’s contract expired on June 30. Benzema, who has a one-year extension option, seemed to be thinking about staying at Real Madrid and going to Saudi Arabia. Romano said, ‘Benzema is seriously considering a transfer, and will soon decide where to go’. Real Madrid decided to leave the choice to Benzema.
Benzema’s choice seemed to be to stay. “Reality is different from the Internet,” he said at a press conference. Benzema told Marca: “Why are you talking about my future? I’m at Real Madrid. I’m proud of my work and I enjoy every minute of my Madrid life. Yesterday, today and tomorrow I will train at Real Madrid. ” said In fact, it was an announcement to stay at Real Madrid.
But the situation took a drastic turn. The Saudi offer continued. The content was astronomical. Benzema, who is in the twilight of his career as a player, is bound to be shaken by the tremendous supply offensive.
In the end, Benzema’s choice was to say goodbye to Real Madrid. Benzema is the undoubted Real Madrid legend. He played 14 seasons for Real Madrid, appearing in 647 matches, scoring a whopping 354 goals and 165 assists. He ranks second in Real Madrid history. Benzema has lifted 25 trophies with Real Madrid. Benzema, who was named as a member of the 2nd Galactico along with Cristiano Ronaldo and Kaka in 2009, kept Real Madrid for the longest time. In particular, the BBC line built with Ronaldo and Gareth Bale achieved the great feat of winning three consecutive European Champions League titles.
After Ronaldo left, he emerged from an assistant to an ace. He was the top scorer in the Primera Liga last season with 27 goals. He led the league and European Champions League titles and even won the Ballon d’Or. Although this season was not in normal condition due to the aftermath of injuries, he finished second in the league scoring list with 18 goals. He was the best striker with both consistency and explosive power.
Benzema’s destination was, as expected, Al Ittihad. Recently, Saudi Arabia, which has been at the center of the issue with Ronaldo, is showing an active movement to host the World Cup. Saudi Arabia took over Newcastle United of the English Premier League with the Saudi sovereign wealth fund at the forefront, and even embraced Ronaldo. Recently, he has been linked with Lionel Messi, Hugo Lloris, Luka Modric and Sergio Ramos. Saudi Arabia is pushing ahead with ‘Vision 2030’. Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, dubbed ‘Mr. Everything’, wants to raise his international status around sports. Benzema is also part of this.
Benzema is known to have asked Ronaldo, whom he had been close to since Real Madrid, several times about life in Saudi Arabia. Unlike Real Madrid, who wanted a one-year extension, Benzema opened his heart to Saudi Arabia, who guaranteed him a three-year contract. Of course, the money was great. He will receive an annual salary of 200 million euros and a bonus for his activities as an ambassador for the World Cup in Saudi Arabia.
Saudi Arabia, which even embraced Benzema, appears to be establishing itself as the new Eldorado of world football. After Ronaldo and Benzema, the next target is Messi. Al-Hilal has already offered an annual salary of 400 million euros to sign Messi. Messi is also positive about going to Saudi Arabia. Messi is currently free, out of contract with Paris Saint-Germain. On the 6th, Jorge Messi, Messi’s agent, appears to be changing the airflow through a surprise meeting with President Juan Laporta, but Al-Hilal continues to send calls to Messi.