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KBO 40 Legends: All-purpose pitchers

Clockwise from top left: Song Jin-woo, Koo Dae-sung, Kim Yong-soo and Lim Chang-yong.  [KBO]

Clockwise from top left: Song Jin-woo, Koo Dae-sung, Kim Yong-soo and Lim Chang-yong. [KBO]

The KBO on Monday announced the final four members of the league’s “40 Legend” team, a round-up of the top 40 KBO players of all time that has been slowly compiled since the All-Star game in July.
Players were chosen for the 40-man squad from a list of 177 candidates, including all former Golden Glove and Korean Series MVP winners, as well as any pitchers who had recorded 800 appearances with 100 wins, 150 saves and at least one 20-win season and any batters who had appeared in 2,000 games, hit 200 home runs, 2,000 hits and had at least one 40-home run season.
All active players, including those playing overseas, were excluded.
Utility is crucial on the baseball field, and this final batch of legends were some of the most versatile pitchers in the business. 
Song Jin-woo
Song, the oldest pitcher to throw a no-hitter in KBO history, is the league’s all-time leader in wins, at 210, strikeouts, at 2,048, and innings pitched, at 3,003. He is one of only four pitchers with 100 wins and 100 saves.
Song Jin-woo  [KBO]

Song Jin-woo [KBO]

Koo Dae-sung
Koo and Song were both crucial parts of the 1999 Korean Series winning Eagles squad, the only time the team has won the championship. Koo was a prolific starter and reliever, with 214 saves and 67 wins in his career.
Koo Dae-sung  [KBO]

Koo Dae-sung [KBO]

Kim Yong-soo
Kim spent his career with LG, joining when they were still MBC, and was the first KBO pitcher to reach 100 wins and 200 saves. He was such a talismanic figure that the club retired his number before he even retired.
Kim Yong-soo  [KBO]

Kim Yong-soo [KBO]

Lim Chang-yong
Lim was another workhorse, appearing in 760 games over his career and retiring with 130 wins, 258 saves and a career 3.45 ERA. His 258 saves are good enough for third place on the all-time ranking.
Lim Chang-yong  [KBO]

Lim Chang-yong [KBO]

BY JIM BULLEY [jim.bulley@joongang.co.kr]
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