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Sunday, September 13, 2015

Pirates notebook: Kang blazes trail for Korean hitters | TribLIVE

The 29-year-old, right-handed hitting Park hit a career-best 52 home runs last season.

“(Park) has much more power than I have,” Kang said through his interpreter.

How much power?

Without an interpreter Kang, whose English is improving, exclaimed: “Big power.”

Kang said he is “close” with Park. With the Pirates’ first-base situation muddled going into next season, will Kang lobby for a Park-Pirates pact if he is posted?

Kang did not answer. He smiled and shrugged, turning his palms toward the clubhouse ceiling.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 13, 2015 at 09:00 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: byung ho park, korean baseball, pirates

Wednesday, September 02, 2015

Bat Flipping Draws Shrugs in South Korea But Scorn in America

In the United States, the bat flip exists on the abstruse list of behaviors considered rude and worthy of confrontation. In Korea, the flip is, well, just a flip. No one cares. This cultural variance, combined with the world-shrinking influence of social media, has created a disjointed international sports milieu in which players like Hwang have been celebrated, derided and deabted in a language they do not understand for a move they regard as involuntary.

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Gene Collier: When it comes to playing baseball, Kang needs no interpreter | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

If Kang keeps playing well, he’ll help some Korean players (and their teams) get a lot of money.

Like Suzuki, Kang studied American pitchers feverishly before crossing the Pacific Ocean, and like Suzuki, his adjustments appear to have gone swimmingly.

“Girls,” he joked when asked his favorite thing about America. “No, the food. I like steak. I have nothing to complain about.”

Jim Furtado Posted: May 28, 2015 at 10:27 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: jung ho kang, korean baseball, pirates



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