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Tuesday, November 10, 2015


Monday, November 09, 2015

Twins win $12.85 million bidding for Korean slugger Byung-ho Park

Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports reports that the Twins submitted the high bid at $12.85 million, which is amusing because the Twins were one of the few teams not linked to Park in various reports. No one saw this coming.

Minnesota now has a 30-day exclusive negotiating window with Park, who hit .343 with 53 homers, 146 RBIs, and a 1.150 OPS in 140 games for Nexen this season and has topped a 1.000 OPS in each of the past three years. Pirates shortstop Jung Ho Kang had similarly amazing numbers in the same league two years ago and went on to hit .287 with an .816 OPS in 126 games as an MLB rookie.

As a first baseman Park would be a bit of an odd fit in Minnesota given the presence of Joe Mauer at first base and Miguel Sano at designated hitter, but Sano played third base in the minors and the Twins have talked recently about getting him some reps in the outfield too.


Saturday, November 07, 2015

Nexen accepts $12.85MM posting fee for Korean slugger Byung-ho Park | Big League Stew - Yahoo Sports

Korean slugger Byung-ho Park is ready to follow in the footsteps of fellow countryman Jung Ho Kang and take his shot at Major League Baseball. All he needs now is a contract from the major league team that won the right to exclusively negotiate with him over the next month.

On Friday, the Nexen Heroes announced they will accept a $12.85MM bid for negotiating privileges with their star first baseman. That means the winning major league team now has 30 days to negotiate and finalize a contract, or he’ll return to Korea for the 2016 season.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 07, 2015 at 06:43 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: byung-ho par, korean baseball

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.


 

 

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