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Ex-MLB pitcher Bong Jung-keun announces retirement

All Headlines 11:24 September 19, 2018

SEOUL, Sept. 19 (Yonhap) -- Former major league pitcher Bong Jung-keun announced retirement from his South Korean club on Wednesday.

The LG Twins in the Korea Baseball Organization (KBO) said the 38-year-old left-hander has decided to call it quits after 12 years at home. The Twins will hold a retirement ceremony before their home game versus the Kia Tigers at Jamsil Stadium in Seoul on Sept. 28.

Bong signed with the Atlanta Braves out of high school in 1997 and appeared in 48 games for them and the Cincinnati Reds over three seasons starting in 2002. He had a 7-4 record and a 5.17 ERA in the bigs.

In the KBO, Bong went 55-46 with 102 saves in 321 games, along with a 3.41 ERA. He was the Twins' closer from 2012 to 2015, but his last KBO game in October 2016 as he battled a serious shoulder injury.

Bong also thrived in international competitions for South Korea. He won Olympic gold in 2008, Asian Games gold medals in 2010 and 2014 and helped South Korea to second place at the 2009 World Baseball Classic.

In this file photo from Sept. 6, 2016, Bong Jung-keun of the LG Twins throws a pitch against the Nexen Heroes in a Korea Baseball Organization regular season game at Jamsil Stadium in Seoul. Bong announced his retirement on Sept. 19, 2018. (Yonhap)

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