SK KIA Hanwha LG’s 88-win man, who was called a “successful Cha Myung-seok trade,” will he be able to wear his fifth uniform

The future of veteran right-hander Song Eun-beom, 39, is uncertain, although there are teams that want him because of his experience in both the starting rotation and bullpen.

LG announced on the 25th that it had removed Song from the disabled list.

Song Eun-beom was drafted by the SK Wyverns (now the SSG Landers) in 2003 out of Dongsan High School with high expectations. Until 2006, he failed to make a mark with 13 wins, 13 losses, 4 saves, 8 holds and a 5.44 ERA in 101 games. 굿모닝토토

His baseball life changed when he met manager Kim Sung-geun. In 2007, Kim’s first year as SK’s manager, he went 6-3 with a 3.01 ERA in 24 games and 71⅔ innings pitched, and he maintained a consistent 3.00 ERA until 2011.

He posted a career-high season in 2009, going 12-3 with a 3.13 ERA, his first double-digit win season. Over the next two years, he established himself as one of the best right-handed pitchers in the league, going 8-5 with a 2.30 ERA in 2010 and 8-8 with a 3.43 ERA in 2011. In three of his five seasons with the team, he won the division title. 

After being a part of SK’s dynasty of six consecutive Korean Series appearances, Song turned a corner in 2013. In May, he was sent to KIA in a two-for-two trade. After the 2014 season, Song became a free agent and moved to the Hanwha Eagles for four years and 3.4 billion won. After reuniting with manager Kim Sung-geun but struggling with an ERA in the 6-7 range, Song bounced back in 2018, the first year of Han Yong-duk’s tenure, going 7-4 with a 2.50 ERA in 68 games and 79 1/3 innings with 10 holds.

However, his time with Hanwha was short-lived. In July 2019, he moved to LG in a one-for-one trade for Shin Jeong-rak.

In the striped uniform, Song Eun-beom was a veteran bullpen presence in 2020, posting a 4-2 record with two saves and six holds in 56 appearances. He was hailed as a trade success by general manager Cha Myung-seok. However, his career took a downward turn in August 2021 when he suffered an ACL tear and went on the operating table. After a year of rehabilitation, he returned in August 2022 and posted a 1-0 record in 25 games.

This year, he was unable to establish himself. With new faces like Ham Deok-ju, Yoo Young-chan, Baek Seung-hyun, and Park Myung-geun emerging alongside the old favorites like Jeong Woo-young and Ko Woo-seok, he didn’t get many opportunities to pitch. Song Eun-beom, who didn’t make it to the first team until May, pitched one game before being released. He was called up again at the end of June and pitched two games before being sent down. His last appearance in the first team came in the bottom of the ninth inning against Lotte on July 8, when he pitched one inning of two-hit, one-strikeout ball. He finished the season with a 2.45 ERA in four games with no wins or losses.

The team advanced directly to the Korean Series, but Song did not make the roster. In his 21-year career, he appeared in 680 games and threw 1,454 innings, compiling a record of 88 wins, 95 losses, 57 holds and 27 saves with a 4.57 ERA.

The veteran right-hander has a lot of experience. He pitched consistently for 21 seasons. Will Song be able to find a fourth team after SK, KIA, Hanwha, and LG?

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