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  • • Jung Ho Kang Ends KBO Comeback Attempt
    Former Pirates infielder Jung Ho Kang had been hoping to make a professional comeback in his native Korea, but he has ended that attempt, Jeehoo Yoo of Yonhap News reports. It’s unclear whether Kang will try to play again outside of the Korea Baseball Organization. The Kiwoom Heroes hold the KBO rights over the 33-year-old…...2020
  • • KBO Preparing For Return Of Fans
    The Korea Baseball Organization has thus far successfully followed Taiwan’s top league in launching a 2020 season. Now, the KBO hopes to join the CPBL in re-introducing live attendance. Jeeho Yoo of Yonhap News reports (Twitter link; full story) that fans could be in the seats within days. The plan is to open at approximately…...2020
  • • KBO Preparing Plan To Allow Fans In Ballparks
    The Korea Baseball Organization is preparing guidelines to gradually admit fans back into parks, reports Jeeho Yoo of Yonhap News (via Twitter). The expectation is the league will admit fans at approximately 30 percent of stadium capacity to start out, perhaps as soon as next weekend. If all goes well, the league could incrementally increase…...2020
  • • Puig Drew Interest From KBO But Hopes To Sign With MLB Club
    Prior to their deal with former Cubs shortstop Addison Russell, the Kiwoom Heroes of the Korea Baseball Organization spoke to outfielder Yasiel Puig about a potential deal for the 2020 season, Heroes GM Kim Chi-hyun tells Jee-ho of the Yonhap News Agency (Twitter link). Ultimately, Puig’s preference was to take another shot at latching on…...2020
  • • KBO’s Hanwha Eagles Sign Brandon Barnes, Waive Jared Hoying
    The Hanwha Eagles of the Korea Baseball Organization have waived outfielder Jared Hoying and signed another former big leaguer, Brandon Barnes, to replace him on the roster, Jee-ho Yoo of South Korea’s Yonhap News Agency reports. The 34-year-old Barnes can earn up to $200K on his midseason deal, though only have that sum is guaranteed…...2020
  • • Korea’s Kiwoom Heroes To Sign Addison Russell
    In a surprise move, longtime Cubs infielder Addison Russell has found a landing spot in Korea’s top league. He’s joining the Kiwoom Heroes on a $530K contract, per Jeeho Yoo of Yonhap News (via Twitter). Once a top prospect and promising young big leaguer, Russell is best known now for off-field malfeasance. Russell was suspended…...2020
  • • Latest On Jung Ho Kang
    Professional baseball may not have seen the last of Jung Ho Kang. The infielder has asked to be taken off the “voluntary retired” list for the Korea Baseball Organization, Jeeho Yoo of Yonhap News tweets. However, because Kang has been arrested for driving under the influence three times, it may be a while before he…...2020
  • • ESPN Reportedly Nearing Agreement To Broadcast KBO Games
    Less than a week after ESPN’s negotiations to acquire broadcast rights to Korea Baseball Organization games were reported to be all but dead, Jee-ho Yoo and Chang-yong Shin of South Korea’s Yonhap News Agency now report that a deal is nearing completion. Yoo reported last week that ESPN had sought to acquire broadcast rights from…...2020
  • • Report: ESPN Inquired About Free Broadcast Rights To KBO Games
    The Korea Baseball Organization’s preseason is in full swing, with a May 5 start to its regular season (sans fans in attendance) on the calendar. The resumption of play in the KBO has attracted some attention from ESPN, it seems, but Jee-ho Yoo of South Korea’s Yonhap News Agency reports that the media powerhouse sought…...2020
  • • S. Korean baseball league to start season May 5
    The Korea Baseball Organization announced Tuesday that regular-season play there will begin May 5, according to the Yonhap News Agency of South Korea....2020

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  • • Korea’s Kiwoom Heroes To Sign Addison Russell
    In a surprise move, longtime Cubs infielder Addison Russell has found a landing spot in Korea’s top league. He’s joining the Kiwoom Heroes on a $530K contract, per Jeeho Yoo of Yonhap News (via Twitter). Once a top prospect and promising young big leaguer, Russell is best known now for off-field malfeasance. Russell was suspended…...2020
  • • Cardinals interested in KBO pitcher Kwang-hyun Kim
    The Cardinals appear to be seriously considering a deal with free-agent left-hander Kwang-hyun Kim. He’s currently in St. Louis to discuss a contract with the Cardinals and undergo a physical, Jeeho Yoo of Yonhap News tweets. Teams have until Jan. 5 to sign Kim, who’d otherwise likely return to the Korea Baseball Organization for at least another year. The 31-year-old Kim is coming off an outstand...2019
  • • Report: Jung Ho Kang set for season-ending wrist surgery
    Pirates infielder Jung Ho Kang will require season-ending surgery to repair his left wrist, according to Jee-ho Yoo of South Korea’s Yonhap News Agency. The operation is said to come with a three-month recovery period. Kang has been on the minor league disabled list with a wrist issue since late June.The 31-year-old Kang hasn’t played in the Majors since the 2016 season due to ongoing legal issues...2018
  • • Jung Ho Kang Reportedly Set For Season-Ending Wrist Surgery
    Pirates infielder Jung Ho Kang will require season-ending surgery to repair his left wrist, according to Jee-ho Yoo of South Korea’s Yonhap News Agency. The operation is said to come with a three-month recovery period. Kang has been on the minor league disabled list with a wrist issue since late June. The 31-year-old Kang hasn’t…...2018
  • • Jung Ho Kang Loses Appeal Of DUI Sentencing
    A South Korean court has denied the appeal of infielder Jung Ho Kang over his sentencing in an offseason DUI charge, reports Jee-ho Yoo of Korea’s Yonhap News Agency. According to Yoo, the Seoul Central District Court upheld a suspended eight-month prison sentence for Kang, which now jeopardizes Kang’s career with the Pirates. Kang was…...2017
  • • NL Central Notes: Kang, Barbato, Mozeliak, Williams
    The appeals hearing for Jung Ho Kang’s DUI sentence has been set for May 25, Yonhap News’ Jeeho Yoo reports (Twitter link).  Kang received an eight-month sentence that was suspended for two years, which theoretically cleared the way for the infielder to return to the Pirates this season, though Kang has yet been unable to…...2017
  • • Suspended sentence opens door for Kang
    Jung Ho Kang, whose DUI sentence in Korea was suspended this week, is permitted to leave the country and report to Pirates camp, according to a report from Yonhap News....2017
  • • Jung Ho Kang Sentenced In DUI Case
    Pirates infielder Jung Ho Kang has been sentenced in the DUI case in which he admitted guilt, as Jee-ho Yoo of Yonhap News reports. Kang received an eight-month sentence, but it has been suspended for two years, clearing the way for him to return to Pirates’ camp. Kang can avoid any jail time if he…...2017
  • • Hyun-Jin Ryu Says He’s Pain-Free, Ready For Camp
    Dodgers lefty Hyun-Jin Ryu says he’s confident that he can finally return to health in 2017, Jee-ho Yoo of the Yonhap News Agency reports. The Korean hurler has been beset by injuries over the past two years, most recently going under the knife for an elbow debridement. “Right now, I’d say I am in better…...2017

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  • • Korea’s Kiwoom Heroes To Sign Addison Russell
    In a surprise move, longtime Cubs infielder Addison Russell has found a landing spot in Korea’s top league. He’s joining the Kiwoom Heroes on a $530K contract, per Jeeho Yoo of Yonhap News (via Twitter). Once a top prospect and promising young big leaguer, Russell is best known now for off-field malfeasance. Russell was suspended…...2020
  • • David Buchanan Signs With KBO’s Samsung Lions
    Former MLB hurler David Buchanan has inked a deal with Korea’s Samsung Lions, per Yonhap News (h/t MyKBO’s Dan Kurtz). He’s slated to receive a $100K signing bonus, $600K salary, and $150K incentive package. The 30-year-old Buchanan is now well removed from his time as a big league hurler. He made 34 starts for the…...2020
  • • Jae-Hwan Kim To Return To KBO For 2020 Season
    Korean outfielder Jae-Hwan Kim’s posting deadline has come and gone without a contract with a Major League club, according to Jeeho Yoo of Yonhap News (Twitter link).  As such, Kim will return to the KBO League’s Doosan Bears for the 2020 season, and he isn’t eligible to be posted again until November. After being officially…...2020
  • • Raul Alcantara Signs With KBO’s Doosan Bears
    Former Athletics righty Raul Alcantara will be signing on for a second season in Korea but will change teams, as Jee-ho Yoo of the Yonhap News Agency reports that Alcantara has agreed to a one-year contract with the Doosan Bears. He’ll earn a $700K salary with his new club. Alcantara, who turned 27 earlier this…...2019
  • • Cardinals Interested In Kwang-hyun Kim
    The Cardinals appear to be seriously considering a deal with free-agent left-hander Kwang-hyun Kim. He’s currently in St. Louis to discuss a contract with the Cardinals and undergo a physical, Jeeho Yoo of Yonhap News tweets. Teams have until Jan. 5 to sign Kim, who’d otherwise likely return to the Korea Baseball Organization for at…...2019
  • • Cardinals interested in KBO pitcher Kwang-hyun Kim
    The Cardinals appear to be seriously considering a deal with free-agent left-hander Kwang-hyun Kim. He’s currently in St. Louis to discuss a contract with the Cardinals and undergo a physical, Jeeho Yoo of Yonhap News tweets. Teams have until Jan. 5 to sign Kim, who’d otherwise likely return to the Korea Baseball Organization for at least another year. The 31-year-old Kim is coming off an outstand...2019
  • • Minor MLB Transactions: 12/8/19
    The latest minor moves from around the baseball world… The Kiwoom Heroes of South Korea’s KBO League announced that righty Jake Brigham has been re-signed to a new contract (hat tip to Jee-Ho Yoo of Yonhap News).  Brigham, who turns 32 in February, will earn $950K in guaranteed salary in the one-year deal, with more…...2019
  • • KBO’s Doosan Bears Sign Infielder Jose Miguel Fernandez
    The Doosan Bears of the Korea Baseball Organization announced this week that they’ve signed former Angels infielder Jose Miguel Fernandez to a one-year contract (link via the Yonhap News Agency). He’ll receive a $50K signing bonus, a $300K base salary and another $350K worth of incentives, giving him the opportunity to earn up to a…...2018
  • • Former Rockies prospect signs with KBO’s NC Dinos
    Right-handers Eddie Butler and Drew Rucinski have signed with the NC Dinos of the Korea Baseball Organization. The Dinos announced Rucinski’s signing Friday, while Butler’s signing was made official this morning (both links via Jee-ho Yoo of South Korea’s Yonhap News Agency). They’ll each receive the maximum $1M guarantee that first-year foreign players are permitted under the KBO’s new rule struc...2018
  • • International Notes: McGuire, Kelly, Dominguez
    A few notes on some the market for players heading overseas and (potentially) returning from Japan’s Nippon Professional Baseball and the Korea Baseball Organization… The Samsung Lions of the Korea Baseball Organization announced that they’ve signed righty Deck McGuire, per Jee-ho Yoo of South Korea’s Yonhap News Agency. McGuire will earn a $600K salary in…...2018

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  • • ESPN Reportedly Nearing Agreement To Broadcast KBO Games
    2020
  • • Korea Baseball Organization Preparing To Begin Regular Season In Early May
    An official announcement is expected Tuesday about the state of the KBO League’s schedule, Jee-ho Yoo of the Yonhap News Agency writes, as Korea’s top baseball league is preparing to begin play in early May.  League officials will meet with the presidents of each KBO team Tuesday, and it is still possible that the KBO…...2020
  • • Report: ESPN Inquired About Free Broadcast Rights To KBO Games
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  • • Jung Ho Kang Sentenced In DUI Case
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  • • Cardinals Interested In Kwang-hyun Kim
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  • • Nexen Expected To Accept Jung-ho Kang Posting Fee From Unknown MLB Team
    With the posting fee bids submitted for infielder Jung-ho Kang, the KBO’s Nexen Heroes are expected to accept an approximately $5MM bid for the right to negotiate a contract with the Korean star, as the Yonhap News Agency reports (Twitter … ...2014
  • • Jung Ho Kang Arrested, Charged With Leaving Scene Of DUI Accident In Korea
    Pirates infielder Jung Ho Kang was arrested in South Korea today after a car crash that reportedly occurred under the influence of alcohol, according to Jee-ho Yoo of Korea’s Yonhap News Agency. Yoo cites Gangnam Police Station in Seoul in reporting that Kang “was booked for fleeing the scene after crashing into a guard rail…...2016
  • • Hank Conger Joins Coaching Staff Of KBO’s Lotte Giants
    Former Angels, Astros and Rays catcher Hank Conger will serve as the new catching coach for the Lotte Giants of the Korea Baseball Organization, per Jee-ho Yoo of South Korea’s Yonhap News Agency. It doesn’t appear that Conger has formally announced his retirement as a player, but the move to a coaching capacity puts an…...2019
  • • Byung-Ho Park Signs With KBO’s Nexen Heroes
    The Nexen Heroes of the KBO League have signed first baseman Byung-Ho Park to a one-year deal, Jeeho Yoo of Yonhap News reports (Twitter links).  Park will earn $1.4MM (or 1.5 billion South Korean won) in the contract. According to Yoo, the Twins accommodated Park’s request to release him from the remaining two years on…...2017
  • • Dae-ho Lee To Sign With KBO’s Lotte Giants
    Slugger Dae-ho Lee has decided to return to his native Korea, according to Jee-ho Yoo of the Yonhap News Agency (Twitter links). Lee will receive a $12.9MM guarantee over four years from his first professional team, the Lotte Giants, representing a record contract for the Korea Baseball Organization. Lee, 34, came to the majors last year…...2017

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Yonhap News schedule, game

  • • Korea Baseball Organization Preparing To Begin Regular Season In Early May
    2020
  • • Korean, Japanese baseball leagues change schedules due to coronavirus
    With much concern around the world regarding the spread of coronavirus, it was inevitable that there would be an impact on the staging of sporting events. Asia’s two most significant baseball leagues are beginning to adjust their schedules to adapt to a situation in which large public gatherings would not be prudent. The situation is especially concerning in Korea, which has seen the most cases of...2020
  • • Pirates Agree To 4-Year Deal With SS Jung-Ho Kang
    According to Jim Bowden of ESPN, the Pittsburgh Pirates have signed Korean shortstop Jung-ho Kang to a four-year, $16 million dollar contract. The Yonhap News Agency adds that the Pirates paid a slightly greater than $5M posting fee, bringing the total cost for the shortstop to around $21 million. Even if he fails to come close to what he produced in Korea, that’s a steal. Last season for the Nexe...2015

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