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S. Korea to face Japan in opening match of inaugural baseball tournament

South Korea will face its archrival, Japan, to open an inaugural international baseball tournament this fall, officials said Wednesday.  At a press conference held in Seoul jointly with the Korea Baseball Organization, the World Baseball Softball Confederation unveiled groupings for the ...

Updated : 2015.05.20 13:37

Rangers' Choo stretches hitting streak to AL-best 14

South Korean outfielder Choo Shin-soo of the Texas Rangers has now hit safely in 14 straight games, the longest such streak in the American League this year.Choo went 3-for-4 against the Kansas City Royals at home, Globe Life Park in Arlington, for his second three-hit game of the week.He ...

Updated : 2015.05.15 10:03

Slugger Lee Dae-ho hits 300th career home run

Slugger Lee Dae-ho, playing for the Softbank Hawks in Japan's Nippon Professional Baseball (NPB), hit his 300th career home run on Friday to become the second South Korean baseball player to achieve the honor in two leagues.Starting as the designated hitter at a home game against the Rakut...

Updated : 2015.05.08 20:30

Pitcher Yoon Suk-min blames himself for unsuccessful U.S. career

After rejoining his former South Korean team following an unsuccessful U.S. minor league season in the Baltimore Orioles system, right-hander Yoon Suk-min put the blame squarely on himself for his failure to reach the majors.Yoon arrived at Incheon International Airport Friday, hours after...

Updated : 2015.03.06 22:06

Park signs with agency in hopes of landing MLB deal

South Korean slugger Park Byung-ho, hoping to reach Major League Baseball next year, has signed on with the same U.S. agency that represents his ex-teammate and current Pittsburgh Pirates infielder Kang Jung-ho, an informed industry source told Yonhap on Wednesday.The source, privy to big ...

Updated : 2015.01.28 21:05

New Pirate Kang Jung-ho feeling responsibility

Having recently reached a history-making agreement with the Pittsburgh Pirates, South Korean shortstop Kang Jung-ho said Saturday he feels added responsibility as a trailblazer for baseball in his native country.Kang's four-year deal with the Pirates was made official Friday, making him th...

Updated : 2015.01.18 13:49

Baseball: Korean slugger Kang headed to Pittsburgh

Major League Baseball's Pittsburgh Pirates have inked South Korean slugger Kang Jung-Ho to a four-year contract with a club option for the 2019 season.Kang hit .356 with 36 doubles, 40 home runs and 117 runs-batted-in in 117 games with the Nexen Heroes of the Korean Baseball Organization i...

Updated : 2015.01.18 10:15

Reigning MVP to start with clean slate

By all accounts, Nexen Heroes second baseman Seo Geon-chang had a season to remember in 2014, setting Korea Baseball Organization single-season records with 201 hits, 135 runs scored and 17 tripes, en...

Updated : 2015.01.06 20:45

Little room on Pirates' roster for shortstop Kang Jung-ho without trades

Of the 30 Major League Baseball clubs, the Pittsburgh Pirates seemed one of the least likely teams to put in a bid when the South Korean shortstop Kang Jung-ho was posted earlier this month.For one, their infield appeared set for next season with players still in or entering their primes i...

Updated : 2014.12.24 17:08

Pittsburgh Pirates win bidding for shortstop Kang Jung-ho

Major League Baseball (MLB) announced early Tuesday, Korean time, that the Pittsburgh Pirates have won the bidding for the posted South Korean shortstop Kang Jung-ho.The Pirates announced the news on their website, shortly after Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com tweeted that the Pirates had put ...

Updated : 2014.12.23 09:45

Expansion KBO club KT Wiz sign veteran pitcher Chris Oxspring

South Korean expansion baseball club KT Wiz announced Monday they've signed right-hander Chris Oxspring.The Korea Baseball Organization (KBO) team said they acquired the 37-year-old right-hander for US$350,000, a figure that includes a signing bonus.Oxspring will now be pitching for his th...

Updated : 2014.12.22 13:28

Shortstop Kang Jung-ho wants to 'shatter stereotypes' of Asian position players in MLB

South Korean shortstop Kang Jung-ho, about to enter contract talks with a Major League Baseball (MLB) club, said Sunday he wants to "shatter stereotypes" about Asian position players in the big leagues.Kang met the local media for the first time since his Korea Baseball Organization (KBO) ...

Updated : 2014.12.21 14:51

Nexen Heroes accept US$5 mln posting bid for shortstop Kang Jung-ho

The South Korean baseball club Nexen Heroes on Saturday said they have accepted a US$5 million bid by a Major League Baseball (MLB) club for their posted shortstop Kang Jung-ho, clearing the path for the slugger to play in the big leagues next season.The Heroes made the decision just hours...

Updated : 2014.12.20 14:56

New kind of game

If one ripple from the thaw in U.S.-Cuba relations means baseball prospects get off the island and into the major leagues without payoffs to smugglers and threats from kidnappers, it’s hard to see th...

Updated : 2014.12.19 20:48

Kim Kwang-hyun fails to reach deal with San Diego Padres

South Korean pitcher Kim Kwang-hyun has failed to reach an agreement with the San Diego Padres, Kim’s current domestic club announced Friday.The SK Wyverns in the Korea Baseball Organization said the...

Updated : 2014.12.12 20:18