Baseball for the Thinking Fan

Login | Register | Feedback

btf_logo
You are here > Home > Baseball Newsstand > Baseball Primer Newsblog > Discussion
Baseball Primer Newsblog
— The Best News Links from the Baseball Newsstand

Friday, February 28, 2014

Pitching in Korea an eye-opening experience for Tigers’ Duane Below

Below the 38th Parallel I imagine.

Several thousand miles and an extremely long day spent in airports and airplanes separates Gwangju, Korea, from Duane Below’s hometown of Britton, Mich.

Last August, a season after last pitching for the Tigers and a handful of months after two forgettable appearances with the Marlins, Below signed with the Kia Tigers of the Korea Baseball Organization.

Now he has brought the perspective of his two months playing overseas back to the Tigers’ camp in Florida, where he is a non-roster invitee just trying to break camp with the big league team.

“I wanted to be open minded,” Below said of the experience on Friday. “I didn’t want to be closed off. I tried to take as much in as possible.

“The language barrier was tough for me. Being at the field, the other foreigner was from the Dominican Republic, but he spoke very good English. So I was able to talk to him and my translator. You can communicate with your teammates here, but it helped open up my eyes how difficult it is coming from a different country, for the guys coming from the Dominican Republic, Venezuela, or even Japan and Korea.

“So it was something that I’ll always have and I’ll always remember.”

...Below took some on-field lessons from his time in Korea, too. He described the level of play as about the same as a good Triple-A team and saw a few players at the MLB-caliber there.

Opposing hitters like to make a pitcher work hard for everything, and the strike zone is a little smaller. And if those hitters make their way on base, they’re going to remind the battery they’re there.

“They hustle, non-stop,” Below said. “It was good to see, good to learn. I feel like that will help me here in America. It was an experience that I’ll always have.”

Repoz Posted: February 28, 2014 at 07:03 PM | 0 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: tigers

Reader Comments and Retorts

Go to end of page

Statements posted here are those of our readers and do not represent the BaseballThinkFactory. Names are provided by the poster and are not verified. We ask that posters follow our submission policy. Please report any inappropriate comments.

You must be Registered and Logged In to post comments.

 

 

<< Back to main

News

All News | Prime News

Old-School Newsstand


BBTF Partner

Support BBTF

donate

Thanks to
Darren
for his generous support.

Bookmarks

You must be logged in to view your Bookmarks.

Hot Topics

NewsblogDiamondbacks' Shelby Miller opts for elbow surgery, ending season
(12 - 1:53am, May 01)
Last: Crispix reaches boiling point with lackluster play

NewsblogOT - March 2017 NBA thread
(2642 - 1:52am, May 01)
Last: Athletic Supporter wants to move your money around

NewsblogFred Lynn might've been a Hall of Famer if he'd stayed healthy — or in Boston
(109 - 1:36am, May 01)
Last: Jay Z

Newsblog'Sports Center' Anchor Agrees Politics is Hurting ESPN
(58 - 1:03am, May 01)
Last: Like Flies On Sherbert

NewsblogAsk BA: How Tough Is The Classification Jump? | BaseballAmerica.com
(9 - 12:52am, May 01)
Last: Jose is El Absurd Pollo

NewsblogMets face more injury drama as Noah Syndergaard refuses MRI, plans to start Sunday
(38 - 12:46am, May 01)
Last: Meatwad needs baseball

NewsblogOTP 24 April 2017: Talking politics (and baseball) with the mayor
(968 - 12:22am, May 01)
Last: Ray (RDP)

Sox TherapyWitty Minor League Thread Title Here
(8 - 12:10am, May 01)
Last: Jose is El Absurd Pollo

NewsblogRed Sox sorely miss David Ortiz's bat, presence
(3 - 12:02am, May 01)
Last: ReggieThomasLives

NewsblogIf not OMNICHATTER, what? If not April 30, 2017, when?
(145 - 11:43pm, Apr 30)
Last: What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face?

NewsblogOT: March-April 2017 Soccer Thread
(364 - 10:25pm, Apr 30)
Last: SPICEY WITH A SIDE OF BEER ON A BABYYYYYYY

NewsblogDodgers hit 3 straight homers in walk-off win | MLB.com
(10 - 9:46pm, Apr 30)
Last: LA Podcasting Hombre of Anaheim

NewsblogFox Business: Latest On Jeb & Jeter Marlins Bid
(28 - 9:23pm, Apr 30)
Last: 6 - 4 - 3

NewsblogSources: Nationals CF Adam Eaton done for season with torn left ACL
(26 - 9:15pm, Apr 30)
Last: snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster)

NewsblogSunday Notes: Mendoza-Hendricks Nerdiness, Selsky as Dangerfield, Edwards Evoked ’86, more | FanGraphs Baseball
(6 - 8:13pm, Apr 30)
Last: Bote Man

Page rendered in 0.1094 seconds
45 querie(s) executed