October. 31st 2021
Canadian bat Romak leaves KBO after 5 seasons. to retire
|SSG Landers thug Jamie Romak, right, poses with club captain Lee Jae-won at the Incheon clubhouse on October 30th. Courtesy of SSG Landers|
Jamie Romak, one of the most successful overseas hits in South Korean baseball history, has announced his retirement after spending the last five seasons here.
The Korea Baseball Organization (KBO) SSG Landers said Sunday the Canadian bat decided to call it a career after the 2021 season ended the night before.
Romak, 36, hit .273 with 155 home runs and 409 RBIs in 626 games for the Landers, formerly known as SK Wyverns under the previous owner, during Romak’s first four seasons with the franchise.
Romak ranks third on the all-time home run list for foreign players, and no foreign player has spent more years with the Landers franchise than the London, Ontario native.
Romak, a 2003 fourth-round draft pick of the Atlanta Braves, joined the then Wyverns in mid-2017 and made an immediate impression with 31 homers in just 102 games.
It exploded in 2018 for 43 home runs and 107 RBIs while helping the Wyverns to the Korean Series championship.
Banned from injury that year, Romak was limited to 107 games and had .225 with 20 home runs and 52 RBIs, all of his worst scores in the KBO.
Romak missed the last part of the season with a neck injury while the Landers made a postseason push. Romak, who has long been a popular teammate, continued to travel with the team in support and was in the dugout for the Landers season finale on Saturday night.
The Landers missed the postseason after losing 8-3 to KT Wiz. They then had a ceremony in the clubhouse to honor Romak’s career.
Romak was also a huge fan favorite in Incheon, the hometown of the Landers, thanks to his easy going nature and community work.
In their respect for Romak, the Landers said the next foreign batter for the club will wear Romaks old # 27. (Yonhap)