More Korean players join Major League Baseball teams

More Korean players join Major League Baseball teams


Another major league baseball player from
Korea… Korean national team outfielder Kim Hyun-soo
has joined the Baltimore Orioles. He is the latest to join a list of Korean
baseball stars making that big transition to the MLB, but he is the first to cross
over as a free agent. Our Lee Ji-won looks into why scouts from
the league every player dreams of joining look to Korea and its relatively smaller pro
baseball league for diamonds in the rough. Korea′s ″Hitting Machine″ Kim Hyun-soo
has put pen to paper on his two-year contract with the Orioles and is all set to go.
He′s the third Korean player to go stateside this year, and will be one of five Korean
players in the MLB next year. Ryu Hyun-jin was the first Korean player
to ever join a MLB team through posting. In December 2012, Ryu was signed to a six-year,
36 million U.S. dollar deal with the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Kang Jung-ho was next, signing a four year contract worth eleven million dollars
with the Pittsburgh Pirates at the beginning of 2015.
And Park Byung-ho joined the Minnesota Twins earlier this month on a four year deal worth
12 million dollars. Experts say there are a number of reasons
why more Korean players have been scouted by MLB teams in recent years. ″The Korean Baseball League is now more
widely recognized around the world. Korea′s national team also had some good results in
international competitions such as the Olympics, the World Baseball Classic and the recent
Premiere 12.″ ″With MLB teams scouting the KBO players
significantly more this season and considering the success of Korean players currently playing
abroad, experts predict that more will join the big leagues in the near future.″ ″MLB teams are always hungry for good players.
So they will continue to search for gems like Kim Hyun-soo and Kang Jung-ho. Also,
it′s natural for any sportsman to dream of playing in the big leagues not just for
the huge money and respect they get, but also because it′s where the best players
play. Experts say that now is the time for Korea′s
best baseball players to show the world what they′ve got on the biggest stage of them
all. Lee Ji-won, Arirang News.

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