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
Francis
for his generous support.

Bookmarks

You must be logged in to view your Bookmarks.

Hot Topics

NewsblogOTP 27 Feb. 2017: Become Political
(262 - 12:47am, Feb 28)
Last: madvillain

NewsblogA’s Sonny Gray: WBC insurance denial ‘an unfortunate thing’ - SFGate
(3 - 12:19am, Feb 28)
Last: Cargo Cultist

NewsblogTim Tebow arrives at Mets Spring Training camp | MLB.com
(5 - 12:14am, Feb 28)
Last: Cargo Cultist

NewsblogHamilton has left knee surgery, out 2-3 months
(23 - 12:14am, Feb 28)
Last: Like Flies On Sherbert

NewsblogThis is not a metaphor: San Diego Padres' Petco Park is underwater
(7 - 12:00am, Feb 28)
Last: Cargo Cultist

NewsblogOT - December 2016 NBA thread
(2622 - 11:47pm, Feb 27)
Last: PJ Martinez

NewsblogAZ Snakepit: If Zach Greinke were a Free Agent today, what would he get ?
(46 - 10:48pm, Feb 27)
Last: 6 - 4 - 3

NewsblogMets’ staff of aces now a staff of mustaches | New York Post
(24 - 10:23pm, Feb 27)
Last: Like Flies On Sherbert

NewsblogMets’ Duda, Who Had Back Trouble in 2016, Is Now Bothered by His Hips - The New York Times
(32 - 10:18pm, Feb 27)
Last: Walt Davis

NewsblogRed Sox reportedly testing 'performance bedding' for new 'sleep room' at Fenway Park
(13 - 9:49pm, Feb 27)
Last: Walt Davis

NewsblogRio Ruiz has dropped 30 pounds in 16 months, boosted his stock
(15 - 8:17pm, Feb 27)
Last: base ball chick

NewsblogAre statheads “pro ownership?”
(55 - 7:28pm, Feb 27)
Last: 6 - 4 - 3

NewsblogPrimer Dugout (and link of the day) 2-27-2017
(14 - 5:31pm, Feb 27)
Last: Batman

NewsblogOT: January 2016 Soccer Thread
(290 - 4:23pm, Feb 27)
Last: jmurph

NewsblogDodgers prospect Cody Bellinger hits huge HR | MLB.com
(7 - 4:23pm, Feb 27)
Last: KJOK

Page rendered in 0.1264 seconds
45 querie(s) executed