In a meeting at Riviera hotel at Cheongdam-dong in South Korea… the manager of the South Korean national team, Kim In-sik, made an addition in their team today in preparation for the upcoming World Baseball Classic this March that will be held at Gocheok Skydome in Seoul, South Korea… it has been officially announced that St. Louis Cardinals current closer, Oh Seung-hwan, 33 years of age, (finally) made it to the roster, and will be joining the national team according to the report. Last year, Oh have already expressed interest about joining the latest World Baseball Classic, and will most likely accept to pitch in the tournament.
Originally slapped with a half a season ban by the KBO (Korean Baseball Organization) due to an off-season overseas gambling scandal in Macau… other than their S. Korean manager Kim (who was willing to overlook Oh’s recent controversy regarding about his gambling scandal), most of the governing body of the national team has been reluctant to add the right-hander Oh Seung-hwan during the first preparations of the 2017 World Baseball Classic… but due to the South Korean team being decimated by injuries, and recent surgeries… the team has no choice but to add Oh in their arsenal to provide a right-handed arm out of the pen.
Team South Korea will be playing in Pool A in Gocheok Skydome, facing against Israel, Netherlands, and Taiwan.
Oh Seung-hwan finished his 2016 regular season campaign with the St. Louis Cardinals with a record of 6-3, and an earned run average of 1.92 in 76 games played (79.2 innings pitched) last year, and was the main closer for the team late in the season due to an ineffective Trevor Rosenthal.