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.
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.
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:
- 2014 Official Record Book, Korea Baseball Organization, Mar. 2014.
- 문승훈 심판위원, 2천 경기 출장 기념 시상식, OSEN, May 10, 2014.