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Cardinals' closer Oh Seung-hwan returns home after 2016 season in Majors

All Headlines 19:38 October 08, 2016

INCHEON, Oct. 8 (Yonhap) -- St. Louis Cardinals closer Oh Seung-hwan returned home Saturday after finishing his stellar first season in Major League Baseball.

"It was a good experience for me, but I'm very sorry for my team failing to get to the postseason," he said upon arrival at Incheon International Airport. "I'll work hard during the off-season to perform better next year."

Oh, who began the season as a setup man and took over as the closer in July, racked up 19 saves along with a 6-3 win-loss record and a 1.92 ERA in 76 appearances. He struck out 103 in 79 2/3 innings, while walking only 18.

His eye-catching performance in the United States stood out among his considerable success both in the South Korean league and the Japanese league.

He is the only player who earned at least one save each from three baseball leagues in the United States, South Korea and Japan.

The 34-year-old South Korean made his professional debut in the Korea Baseball Organization in 2005 and moved to Japan in 2014. Entering the 2016 season, he signed a two-year contract with the Cardinals after wrapping up his two-year career with the Hanshin Tigers of Japan.

St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Oh Seung-hwan (C) holds a press conference at Incheon International Airport on Oct. 8, 2016. (Yonhap)

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