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Tuesday, February 07, 2023

The 53-year-old who might pitch forever

Dae-Sung Koo.

The name, particularly if you’re a Mets fan, might be rolling over again and again in your head.

Dae-Sung Koo, that sounds familiar. Dae-Sung Koo ... he pitched, right? Dae-Sung Koo.

Oh yes, of course. Dae-Sung Koo….

But after that 2005 season, his lone in the big leagues, Koo seemingly disappeared from the game. At least in America. After a 3.91 ERA and one wild baserunning ride, the Mets sold his contract back to the KBO. (It didn’t help that his shoulder was injured on that day he slid into home.)

Then, just a few weeks ago—nearly 18 years after that day in 2005—a video from the Australian Baseball League started picking up steam on Twitter. There he was again. Dae-Sung Koo. Pitching a perfect inning. At 53 years old.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: February 07, 2023 at 12:27 AM | 10 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Adam Starblind Posted: February 07, 2023 at 01:05 PM (#6116039)
That's "Mr. Koo" to you.
   2. Ron J Posted: February 07, 2023 at 03:16 PM (#6116050)
Iron Man Joe McGinnity pitched a few years after he died. Just that durable.
   3. Itchy Row Posted: February 07, 2023 at 04:03 PM (#6116054)
Somebody should arrange a charity matchup between Koo and Randy Johnson, except Johnson would knock him down this time.
   4. Jay Seaver Posted: February 07, 2023 at 08:24 PM (#6116068)
Get him and and Bill Lee into a game against each other.
   5. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: February 07, 2023 at 11:08 PM (#6116077)
I’m a little behind on my Effectively Wild listening (as a result of working mostly from home rather than commuting…small price to pay). So today I heard their delightful interview with 45-year-old Chris Oxspring, who is still also pitching in the ABL, and quite effectively, at least at the time. So I’m thinking that maybe the league isn’t quite ready for prime time.
   6. Lassus Posted: February 08, 2023 at 06:42 AM (#6116082)
Ah yes, one of the most memorable ABs and scores of the last quarter-century.

Well, fuck off, you won't be seeing that ever again.
   7. Adam Starblind Posted: February 08, 2023 at 07:39 AM (#6116083)
I had high hopes for the ABL. I’ve got a connection to Oz, and winter baseball is baseball but it’s in the winter. But there is very little continuity on the teams year to year so it’s hard to be a fan. Also, the merch sucks.
   8. Dolf Lucky Posted: February 08, 2023 at 12:17 PM (#6116099)
I'll take the under.
   9. Slivers of Maranville descends into chaos (SdeB) Posted: February 08, 2023 at 12:39 PM (#6116101)
I figured somebody would have linked to John Bois' treatment of Koo by now: LINK
   10. Pat Rapper's Delight (as quoted on MLB Network) Posted: February 09, 2023 at 09:15 AM (#6116213)
My first thought was "Jamie Moyer?" until I remembered he was like 57 when he retired.

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