Oh Seung-hwan Sworn in as Hanshin Tigers Player

Oh Seung-hwan (left) holds up his Hanshin Tigers uniform with general manager Katsuhiro Nakamura during a signing ceremony in Seoul on Wednesday. /Newsis Oh Seung-hwan (left) holds up his Hanshin Tigers' uniform with general manager Katsuhiro Nakamura during a signing ceremony in Seoul on Wednesday. /Newsis

Oh Seung-hwan officially became a Hanshin Tigers player in Japan's professional baseball league at a signing ceremony in Seoul on Wednesday.

He said he is honored to join the club given its long and proud history, adding that he is excited to be playing in a new environment.

Earlier on Nov. 22, Oh signed a two-year deal worth 900 million yen with the club, the biggest contract for a Korean baseball player in Japan.

Hanshin Tigers have high hopes for Oh and have promised to give the player their full support to help to adapt, including interpreters, housing and a car.

He posted a stellar 1.69 ERA and 277 saves in 444 games over the nine seasons that he played for Samsung Lions in Korea's professional baseball league.

Oh will depart for Japan on Tuesday and attend an event to mark his joining the club in Osaka on Dec. 13.

englishnews@chosun.com / Dec. 05, 2013 10:36 KST