Korean League Newsbeat
Tuesday, November 29, 2016
[T]he Brewers announced a three-year deal with a club option for a fourth year with free agent Eric Thames, who played the last three seasons in the Korean Baseball Organization. Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com reported the deal is worth more than $15 million.
During three years playing for the NC Dinos of the hitter-friendly KBO, Thames put together fantasy league offensive numbers, batting .348 over 388 games with a .450 on-base percentage and .720 slugging percentage.
It’s a sign of the Thames.
Friday, November 18, 2016
Major League Baseball (MLB) has tendered status checks on six South Korean players, officials here said Friday.
The Korea Baseball Organization (KBO) said MLB inquired about the status of six players—Kim Kwang-hyun, Cha Woo-chan, Yang Hyun-jong, Woo Kyu-min, Hwang Jae-gyun and Choi Hyoung-woo. The KBO informed its counterpart that all six players are free agents and are eligible to sign with any club, domestic or foreign.
Under an agreement between MLB and the KBO, a major league team interested in a South Korean player must conduct the status check through the league office.
The status check must be done for professional and amateur players alike. Once MLB requests a status check, the KBO must respond within four business days. MLB must keep the identity of big league clubs inquiring about the Korean players’ status confidential.
Posted: November 18, 2016 at 09:11 AM | 0 comment(s)
Tuesday, October 04, 2016
As Major League Baseball struggles to overcome its staid image and lure younger fans—according to Nielsen, most of the sport’s TV viewers are over 50—the simple bat flip has come to symbolize the culture war being waged within its ranks. It’s a conflict between those who believe the game should embrace the traditions of other countries and flashier elements of other sports, and those who, as Bautista wrote in The Players’ Tribune, are “old-school, my-way-or-the-highway type of people who never want the game to evolve.”
Meanwhile, in the Korea Baseball Organization, bat flips aren’t just permitted—they’re embraced. “A bat flip isn’t disrespectful here in Korea, which is a very formal, respectful country,” says Dan Kurtz, a Korean-American who started mykbo.net in 2002 as a message board for English-speaking fans. “A guy flips and the pitchers don’t do anything about it. It’s just part of the game.” Kurtz explains that bat flips, which are called ppa dun in Korea—a term that combines the words for “bat” and “throw”—are ubiquitous in the KBO. But he isn’t sure how that happened. “People ask me, ‘Why can’t we do this in Major League Baseball?’” he says. “I want to know: Where in Korea did it originate and why?”
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