Wyverns outfielder announces retirement

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Wyverns outfielder announces retirement

Park Jae-hong, one of the best all-around players in Korean baseball, announced his retirement Friday, saying he felt it was “the right time.”

Park, 39, played 17 seasons in the Korea Baseball Organization (KBO) for three clubs. The outfielder spent the past eight years with the SK Wyverns, winning three championships.

Park said the Wyverns offered coaching training after last season. But he declared free agency and found no suitors.

Park is acknowledged as one of the KBO’s finest “five-tool” players, someone who could run, field, throw, hit and hit with power. He had a sensational debut in 1996, becoming the KBO’s first “30-30” player, with 30 home runs and 36 steals for the Hyundai Unicorns and winning Rookie of the Year. Yonhap
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