Former Mets pitcher Koo to retire next month

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Former Mets pitcher Koo to retire next month

Veteran Hanwha Eagles left-handed pitcher Koo Dae-sung will retire in September, wrapping up his 18-year baseball career, the club said Monday.

The 41-year-old southpaw made his Korea Baseball Organization (KBO) debut with the Eagles in 1993 and has recorded 67 wins, 71 losses and 214 saves with an ERA of 2.85 in 568 games.

He won the most valuable player award in 1996, earning a league-leading 18 wins and 1.88 ERA. He moved to the New York Mets in 2005 and appeared in 33 games after having played for four years in the Japanese pro baseball league.

“I’m grateful to my fans and family for supporting me for 18 years,” Koo said in a release.

The club said it will hold a farewell match for Koo on Sept. 2.

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