SSG Seo Jin-yong achieved ‘40SV’, which was only allowed to 5 players in KBO.
The closing pitcher puts an end to the baseball game, saying, ‘It’s not over until it’s over.’ Whether he wins or loses, he has to make ends meet with the ball he throws. It is a role that cannot help but feel great pressure. SSG’s closing pitcher Seo Jin-yong (31) also faced frequent moments of blood drying this season. There were times when he wavered and broke down. However, he never turned away from the final responsibility given to him. He faced it head on, and boldly broke through. Finally, he reached the ’40 saves’ mark, which was only allowed to five KBO pitchers.
On the 8th, Seo Jin-yong appeared as the team’s last pitcher in the top of the 9th inning with a 10-8 lead in Changwon NC. He cleared lead hitter Park Min-woo with a ground ball to shortstop, and then gave up a walk after an 8-pitch match with Son Ah-seop. Still, he didn’t waver. He easily dispatched Seo Ho-cheol and Kim Seong-wook with fly balls with an aggressive pitch using a powerful fastball and his main weapon, a forkball. It was the moment when he earned his 40th save of the season.
SSG finished the first half of this season in second place. The performance of the pitching staff, especially the bullpen, was decisive. In particular, closing pitcher Seo Jin-yong led the team’s performance with a pitch that completely overturned the public opinion that SSG’s bullpen was weak. Even though he allowed himself to get on base with a hit and a walk, he maintained his team’s victory with his unique calmness. He did not record a single blown save while recording 30 saves for the first time in the league, something that even Oh Seung-hwan (Samsung)카지노, who is considered the best closing pitcher in KBO history, could not achieve.
Seo Jin-yong’s ‘Noble Ron’ streak was finally broken in the Jamsil match against Doosan on August 27th. As he experienced physical difficulties in the second half of the season, the number of blown saves gradually increased. However, his slump did not last long. Seo Jin-yong did his part as a closing pitcher, breaking the existing club record for most saves (36) even in a slow situation.
It’s just a shame that he wasn’t able to continue his overwhelming performance as in the first half of the season, and ’40 saves’ in a single season is not a record that anyone can easily achieve. Seo Jin-yong is a pitcher following Myeong-won Jeong (1994, Pacific), Pil-jung Jin (2000, Doosan), Seung-hwan Oh (2006, 2007, 2011, 2021, Samsung), Seung-rak Son (Nexen, 2013), and Woo-seok Ko (2022, LG). Law became the 6th player and the 9th player to make 40 saves.
Seo Jin-yong said, “I was worried about whether I would be able to make 30 saves this season, but I feel good that I was able to achieve the symbolic record of 40 saves,” and added, “I am honored to be listed among great closing pitchers.” revealed.