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Saturday, November 10, 2012

Rosenthal: Dodgers win bidding for Hyun-Jin Ryu for $25.7M

The bid was 25.737373M.  The 7s and 3s are because those numbers are considered lucky in Korean culture.  The 2 and the 5 still require explanation.

MLB confirms that #Dodgers have won rights to Korean LHP Ryu. Now have 30 days to sign him.

Matt Clement of Alexandria Posted: November 10, 2012 at 11:15 AM | 27 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: dodgers, kbo, transactions

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   1. bobm Posted: November 11, 2012 at 08:11 AM (#4299958)
The bid was 25.737373M.  The 7s and 3s are because those numbers are considered lucky in Korean culture.  The 2 and the 5 still require explanation


The sum of 2 and 5 is 7. The difference is 3.
   2. Bourbon Samurai, what price fettucine? Posted: November 11, 2012 at 08:17 AM (#4299962)
Any projections for this guy?
   3. Greg K Posted: November 11, 2012 at 08:22 AM (#4299963)
Is 8 or 88 significant in Vietnamese culture? There are several pho places in Toronto with 88 in the name.
   4. Steve Parris, Je t'aime Posted: November 11, 2012 at 08:26 AM (#4299964)
This posting fee doubled is almost exactly in the middle of those of Daisuke (51.1) and Darvish (51.7).
   5. Bourbon Samurai, what price fettucine? Posted: November 11, 2012 at 08:31 AM (#4299967)
Is 8 or 88 significant in Vietnamese culture?


It is lucky in chinese culture. Vietnamese are into numerology also and carry a lot of chinese cultural heritage, but I am not sure about the exact signifigance of 88 for vietnamese.
   6. tshipman Posted: November 11, 2012 at 12:10 PM (#4300039)
It is lucky in chinese culture. Vietnamese are into numerology also and carry a lot of chinese cultural heritage, but I am not sure about the exact signifigance of 88 for vietnamese.


I'm pretty sure it comes from Chinese. Chinese, at various points in their history, were military adventurists and went through SE Asia. The Petronas Towers in Malaysia, for example, have 88 floors.

8 sounds similar to wealth in Chinese so it's very lucky. 4 sounds like death, so it's very unlucky. Go to Macau if you want to see these superstitions on display. It's pretty amazing.

   7. The Ghost of Sox Fans Past Posted: November 11, 2012 at 12:29 PM (#4300050)
Tweet by Tracy Ringolsby says the Dodgers do not get the posting fee back if they don't sign him. Wrong.

Rosenthal says this: "The $25.7 million fee will be paid to the Eagles only if\ Ryu signs with the Dodgers, who must balance signing him with other options for the rotation"

(EDITED 3 times)
   8. TVerik, who wonders what the hell is "Ansky" Posted: November 11, 2012 at 12:31 PM (#4300052)
Does anyone else think the Dodgers are like Richard Pryor's character in Brewster's Millions?
   9. The Ghost of Sox Fans Past Posted: November 11, 2012 at 01:07 PM (#4300065)
Oh, and guess who his agent is - yep, Scott Boras.
   10. Tripon Posted: November 11, 2012 at 01:09 PM (#4300066)
I'm guessing 4 years, 25 million
   11. Random Transaction Generator Posted: November 11, 2012 at 01:10 PM (#4300067)
Oh, and guess who his agent is


Octavio Dotel?

- yep, Scott Boras.


Damn!
   12. Endless Trash Posted: November 11, 2012 at 01:28 PM (#4300076)
Is 8 or 88 significant in Vietnamese culture? There are several pho places in Toronto with 88 in the name.


I'm sure the Jays were 8th in the bidding.
   13. void*** (SC) Posted: November 11, 2012 at 01:36 PM (#4300083)
Tweet by Tracy Ringolsby says the Dodgers do not get the posting fee back if they don't sign him. Wrong.

It's true only in the wet dreams of Scott Boras.
   14. bobm Posted: November 11, 2012 at 03:49 PM (#4300144)
[7] It's pretty easy to check.

UNITED STATES – JAPANESE PLAYER CONTRACT AGREEMENT ...

12) If the U.S. Major League Club, for any reason, fails to sign the Japanese Player within the 30-day period, the U.S. Major League Club’s negotiation rights shall lapse and the U.S. Major League Clubs shall have no obligation to pay the Japanese Player’s Japanese Club the amount of its successful bid (or any other obligation whatsoever). Further, another request for posting with respect to that Japanese Player shall be prohibited until the following November 1.


http://jpbpa.net/up_pdf/1284364663-401673.pdf via Wikipedia
   15. Tripon Posted: November 11, 2012 at 03:52 PM (#4300147)
Ryu's Korean. Although I'm sure MLB and the KBO has a similar agreement.
   16. stig-tossled,hornswoggled gef the talking mongoose Posted: November 11, 2012 at 03:53 PM (#4300148)

8 sounds similar to wealth in Chinese so it's very lucky. 4 sounds like death, so it's very unlucky.


Are they the biggest idiots ever?

The bid was 25.737373M. The 7s and 3s are because those numbers are considered lucky in Korean culture. The 2 and the 5 still require explanation

The sum of 2 and 5 is 7. The difference is 3.


... Then again, it would appear there's a tie.
   17. vortex of dissipation Posted: November 11, 2012 at 04:17 PM (#4300169)
The number 4 is unlucky in Japanese culture, also. When Frenchman Jean Alesi and Japanese driver Satoru Nakajima were teammates with the Tyrrell Formula One racing team in 1990, Alesi was originally assigned to drive car #3, and Nakajima #4 (in F1, having the lower number in the team reflects having scored more points the season before, and is regarded as being the sign of the team leader). Nakajima, though, did not want to drive car #4, and asked Alesi if he'd switch numbers, which he graciously agreed to do.
   18. tshipman Posted: November 11, 2012 at 04:24 PM (#4300171)
Are they the biggest idiots ever?


Go into a skyscraper and try to find the 13th floor.

People are people. I will say that Chinese people are the most superstitious gamblers in the world.
   19. bobm Posted: November 11, 2012 at 04:24 PM (#4300174)
[15] Here's a link to the relevant portion of the Korean agreement. Looks cut-and-paste identical.

http://www.mykbo.net/KBO_news/october29thsrandomkbonews
   20. Joyful Calculus Instructor Posted: November 11, 2012 at 04:51 PM (#4300196)
I posted a comment here yesterday but it never showed up. Anyway, does ZiPS have anything to say about Ryu?
   21. Tripon Posted: November 11, 2012 at 04:53 PM (#4300198)
I posted a comment here yesterday but it never showed up. Anyway, does ZiPS have anything to say about Ryu?


That you have to defeat Sheng Long to stand a chance.
   22. stig-tossled,hornswoggled gef the talking mongoose Posted: November 11, 2012 at 07:41 PM (#4300266)
Go into a skyscraper and try to find the 13th floor.


What's a skyscraper?

In any event, I'll declare right now that I'd be perfectly happy with a check for $13,013 if anyone wants to cut one for me.
   23. Walt Davis Posted: November 11, 2012 at 09:11 PM (#4300315)
The sum of 2 and 5 is 7. The difference is 3

Also 2 and 5 is $12 M less than 3 and 7.

Are they the biggest idiots ever?

No, the biggest idiot would have awarded the bid to the team that bid $7.373737. Oddly, the team did not let traditional superstition dictate the first two numbers.
   24. JimMusComp likes Billy Eppler.... Posted: November 12, 2012 at 11:43 PM (#4301099)
If all this numerology is true, I'm surprised as #### that Neddy boy didn't bid $52.737373 just for shits and giggles. You know, the 2 and 5 matter - not the order, mind you. But they MATTER!
   25. AJMcCringleberry Posted: November 13, 2012 at 08:05 AM (#4301170)
I hear his hadouken pitch is nearly unhittable.
   26. Rants Mulliniks Posted: November 13, 2012 at 08:10 AM (#4301173)
My wife and I went to a fancy dinner at a friend's house, catered by a manic 60 year old gay Malaysian. The food was decent, and then he did everyone's Chinese horoscope. He told my wife, in front of everyone, that based on her Chinese Zodiac sign that she should "definitely get her female parts checked by a doctor". He told the same thing to another woman 12 years older, and I presume he believed every single woman on earth my wife's age, or 12/24 years older or younger should have been checked too. Quite silly.
   27. Greg K Posted: November 13, 2012 at 08:31 AM (#4301186)
Alan Davies has a story about friends of his that had a baby in Thailand, where a Thai woman said to the mother,

-"if you look lovely when you're pregnant, you'll have a girl. If you look tired and ugly, and dress badly, you will have a boy"
-"what do you think I'm going to have?"
-"boy"

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