Korean Baseball Organization (KBO) reliever Jung Woo-ram, 38, is one of the few pitchers in history to have both 100 saves and 100 holds. He ranks sixth all-time with 197 career saves, and his 145 holds rank fourth all-time. The only other pitcher to achieve the 100-save-100-hold mark is Jung Dae-hyun (106 saves-121 holds).
Considered one of the best bullpen pitchers in KBO history, Jung Woo-ram set another KBO record on Sunday. He became the first pitcher to appear in 1,000 games.
Jeong Woo-ram was the second pitcher after Felix Peña in the seventh inning of Hanwha’s 7-0 home win over NC in the 2023 KBO League at Hanwha Life Eagles Park in Daejeon on Sunday. The game marked Jeong’s 1,000th career appearance.
After getting Oh Young-soo to ground out to second base on just three pitches, Jung was immediately replaced. Despite facing only one batter, Jung was congratulated by Hanwha players and fans, including receiving a bouquet of flowers from manager Choi Won-ho.먹튀검증
Jung reached the 1,000-game milestone in 20 seasons after joining the SK Wyverns (formerly the SSG Landers) in 2004. That’s an average of 50 games a season. The second most games played in the KBO is Ryu Taek-hyun (901), who retired in 2014, and the second most games played by an active pitcher is Jin Hae-soo (37-LG Twins), who appeared in 788 games.
As such, Jung’s record for most appearances is unlikely to be broken anytime soon. In addition to 197 saves and 145 holds over 20 seasons, Jung has a 64-47 record with a 3.17 ERA. Even in his prime, Jung’s four-seam fastball was only in the low-to-mid 140s, but with a sharp breaking ball that pierced all corners of the strike zone and his trademark changeup, he was an all-around pitcher in the bullpen during the SK dynasty under Kim “Yasin” Sung-geun. Primarily a set-up man during his time with SK, Jung also excelled as a closer after becoming a free agent in 2016 and moving to Hanwha.