On November 3, 2011 — Shortly after being named Korean Series MVP for the second time, Samsung Lions closer Seung-hwan Oh asks to be withdrawn from candidacy for the KBO MVP award. Oh (47 Sv, 0.63) asks voters to pick teammate Hyung-woo Choi, the league leader in homers and RBI. The other finalists are Seok-min Yoon (the pitching Triple Crown winner) and Dae-ho Lee (the defending winner as well as batting and OBP leader). No player had ever withdrawn their name from the lists of finalists before. Despite withdrawing, Oh will still finish second with 19 of 91 votes, while his support for Choi falls on deaf ears as Choi gets 8 votes. Yoon will be the runaway winner, with 62 votes.

 


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