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Tuesday, December 17, 2019

Brewers, Lindblom finalize $9,125,000, 3-year contract

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Josh Lindblom’s journey to the Milwaukee Brewers included a detour or two through South Korea.

“I haven’t taken the most direct route to sitting here,” Lindblom said Monday after the Brewers finalized a three-year contract for $9,125,000.

A 32-year-old right-hander, Lindbloom was selected by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the second round of the 2008 amateur draft, he made six starts and 108 relief appearances from 2011-14 for the Dodgers, Philadelphia, Texas and Oakland. He signed with South Korea’s Lotte Giants ahead of the 2015 season, returned to the major leagues with Pittsburgh and had four relief outings in 2017, then signed with South Korea’s Doosan Bears.

He went 35-7 in two seasons with a 2.68 ERA, including 20-3 with a 2.50 ERA and 0.997 WHIP in 30 starts this year.

There is something to be said for this sort of adventure, isn’t there?

 

QLE Posted: December 17, 2019 at 01:41 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, josh lindblom, korean baseball

Sunday, December 15, 2019

Veteran pitcher Straily signs one-year deal with Korean team

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Veteran pitcher Dan Straily has signed a one-year contract worth $800,000 with the Lotte Giants, the Korea Baseball Organization club announced on Saturday.

The 31 year-old right-hander became a free agent in October after spending last season with the Baltimore Orioles, his sixth major league team.

 

 

QLE Posted: December 15, 2019 at 12:28 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: dan straily, korean baseball

Thursday, December 05, 2019

Pair of South Korean players made available to MLB teams

NEW YORK (AP) — NEW YORK — Two 31-year-old players from the South Korean League have been posted by their clubs and made available to major league teams.

Negotiations may start Friday with left-hander Kwang-Hyun Kim of the SK Wyverns and outfielder Jae-Hwan Kim of the Doosan Bears, the commissioner’s said Thursday. A deal must be reached by Jan. 5 at 5 p.m.

Interesting- I sincerely didn’t realize that Korean baseball had the posting rules that Japanese baseball has.

QLE Posted: December 05, 2019 at 10:11 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: jae-hwan kim, korean baseball, kwang-hyun kim, posting rules

Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Rangers grant Adrian Sampson unconditional release to play in Korea

On Monday the Rangers announced right-handed pitcher Adrian Sampson had been granted an unconditional release to pitch in the Korea Baseball Organization in 2020. Sampson signed with the Lotte Giants who finished 10th in the KBO last season.

A source told The News Texas sold Sampson’s rights with his permission. The Rangers will collect an undisclosed amount of money in that deal.

The Washington native Sampson made his MLB debut with the Seattle Mariners in 2016 and was claimed on waivers by the Rangers later that season. Sampson had his first extended stint in the majors in 2019. During that stint Sampson tallied 108 strikeouts with a 5.89 ERA in 125.1 innings.

So, how do we interpret this move?

QLE Posted: November 26, 2019 at 10:09 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: adrian sampson, korean baseball, releases

Monday, November 25, 2019

Report: 21-year-old Korean league pitcher dies after falling off roof of building

Tragedy has reportedly hit South Korea’s KBO League, as Hanwha Eagles pitcher Kim Sung-hoon died early Saturday morning after falling off the roof of a building in the city of Gwangju, according to the Yonhap News Agency. He was 21 years old.

The deadly fall was reportedly from the roof of a nine-story building onto a seventh-story balcony. Kim was immediately sent to the hospital, but was pronounced dead upon arrival, according to police.

Police say no foul play is suspected after analyzing surveillance footage, saying the pitcher apparently lost his footing.

 

QLE Posted: November 25, 2019 at 01:55 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: kim sung-hoon, korean baseball, obituaries, rip

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

After short stint with White Sox, Cuban pitcher Odrisamer Despaigne is headed overseas

Odrisamer Despaigne’s tenure with the White Sox was short and unusual. Now the Cuban pitcher is heading to Korea.

Ken Rosenthal reported that the 32-year-old has agreed to a one-year deal with KT Wiz of the Korean league.

Despaigne joined the Triple-A Charlotte Knights in May and joined the White Sox less than a month later when the pitching staff was in dire need of starting arms. He was known for not wanting to warm up and throwing junk pitches (his curveball averaged 73 mph).

Something for the name fans among us.

 

QLE Posted: November 12, 2019 at 01:07 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: korean baseball, odrisamer despaigne

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Matt Williams To Manage KBO’s KIA Tigers

While managerial rumors are flying around the majors, we haven’t yet seen a team land a new skipper. But the Korea Baseball Organization’s KIA Tigers have secured their next manager in the form of Matt Williams, according to Jon Heyman of MLB Network (via Twitter).

Williams is said to have struck a three-year deal to head to Korea. The long-time big-league slugger had served as the Athletics’ third base coach for the past three campaigns.

Well, this is one way to get back on the managerial merry-go-round…..

 

QLE Posted: October 15, 2019 at 12:33 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: kbo, korean baseball, matt williams

 

 

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