Samsung Lions’ Oh Seung-hwan earned his 500th career save on Tuesday. He left the NC Dinos scoreless in the ninth inning. Thus, he further solidified his legacy as the best stopper in Korean baseball history.
People who bet on baseball celebrated Oh’s 500th save. It is also a coincidence that it happened in Daegu, the city he called home for most of his KBO career. In addition, it gave the Lions a 9-6 win against the Dinos.
According to baseball betting odds experts, Son Ah-seop got a single from Oh to start the ninth frame. However, it forced Jason Martin to ground out after Son ran to second.
Oh’s 500th Career Save
Oh breezed through the next two hitters, striking out the final batter to seal the victory and the 500th save of his career despite having a runner in scoring position. The preceding Saturday marked his 499th.
Oh’s 378th KBO save extended his league record, which he is held for a long time, to new heights. Oh has a massive advantage over Son Seung-lak, previously of the Hyundai Unicorns, Nexen Heroes, and Lotte Giants, who is second all-time in KBO history in saves with 271.
According to experts of baseball betting in Korea, Oh has spent his whole KBO career with the Lions, from his 2005 debut in Daegu until his 2013 departure for a career abroad. Six years later, in 2020, he moved back to Korea and rejoined the Lions, where he has spent the previous four seasons.
Oh has earned the nickname “the stone buddha” due to his calm demeanor at bat. The Lions commemorated Oh’s milestone of 300 KBO saves by building a massive plywood stone sculpture of him in the outfield. Although he hit the milestone on the road, the 12-feet tall statue remained in the outfield all throughout April. The Lions have chosen cake as their celebratory food of choice this time around.