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Veteran slugger Yang Joon-hyuk plays farewell game

All Headlines 19:15 September 19, 2010

DAEGU, Sept. 19 (Yonhap) -- Retiring veteran slugger Yang Joon-hyuk had his last baseball game Sunday, ending his 18-year career in Korean professional baseball.

The 41-year-old infielder of the Samsung Lions batted third and played first base in a game against the SK Wyverns in Daegu, 302 kilometers south of Seoul.

When he appeared at the plate, more than 10,000 fans cheered for him, but he struck out three times.

"I'm so grateful to fans for their kindness," Yang said. "I started baseball here in Daegu 32 years ago. I'm so happy that I wrap up everything here."

During his 18-year career in the Korea Baseball Organization (KBO), he recorded a league-record 351 home runs along with 2,318 hits, 1,389 RBIs, 1,299 runs and 1,380 walks in 2,135 games.

The top rookie in 1993, a five-time Golden Glove winner and four-time batting champion, Yang hit over .300 for nine consecutive years from 1993-2001 and finished with a career batting average of .316.

He said he would go to the United States after the 2010 season to learn coaching skills in Major League Baseball.


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