Umpire Moon Seong-hoon Works 2,000 Games

On May 5 in a game between the Busan Lotte Giants and SK Wyverns at Munhak Baseball Stadium, umpire Moon Seong-hoon (문승훈) worked his 2,000th Korea Baseball Championship game.  He became the fifth umpire to do so.

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*Moon congratulated by the KBO on May 10 at Jamsil Baseball Stadium. (Courtesy of OSEN)

So, a pre-game ceremony was organized by the Korea Baseball Organization (KBO) to congratulate his achievement a week later when Moon was scheduled to work in Seoul’s Jamsil Baseball Stadium.  This was a game between the Samsung Lions and Seoul Doosan Bears.

Let me remind you that on April 5 of last year Moon had an altercation with Bears designated hitter, Hong Sung-heon (홍성흔), which did not end up well.  Hong was not happy with a strike-three call so much that he decided to bump Moon, who was calling balls and strikes in that game, in the chest.  That was Hong’s first ejection of his 15-year career.

Well, both are over it, and during the ceremony Hong came up to Moon to congratulate him.  They also performed a comical flashback skit.

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*Flashback of last season’s altercation. (Courtesy of Sports Chosun)

Moon also worked for the World Baseball Classic in 2009 for Pool B games at Mexico City.

For those who are curious, here is a list of KBO umpires who worked over 2,000 games:

Umpires who worked 2,000 games

*List of umpires who worked over 2,000 Korea Baseball Championship games, and when they reached it.

 

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