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Former Major Leaguer Kim Sun-woo Joins LG Twins

BUSAN, South Korea -- Former Major League Baseball (MLB) right-hander Kim Sun-woo on Monday signed with the LG Twins, a week after being released by the club's crosstown rival in the Korea Baseball Organization (KBO). 

The Twins announced that they have inked the 36-year-old pitcher to a one-year deal worth 150 million won (US$141,750). Last Monday, the Doosan Bears released Kim after back-to-back mediocre seasons. 

Source: Busan eFM News



NC Dinos Lee Wins ROY, Nexen’s Park MVP

BUSAN, South Korea -- Yesterday, the Korea Baseball Organization named NC Dinos pitcher Lee Jae-hak Rookie of the Year. The pitcher received 77 votes out of 98 cast. 

He recorded 10 wins, 5 losses and 1 save with a 2.88 ERA, ranking second in the league in that category. He became an ace of the newly built team. 

The season's MVP went to Nexen's hitter Park Byung-ho. 

Source: Busan eFM News


Lee Dae-ho Wraps Up NPB Season

BUSAN, South Korea -- South Korean slugger Lee Dae-ho has wrapped up his second successful season in Japan, with his immediate future hanging in the balance. 

The Orix Buffaloes first baseman played his last game of the 2013 Nippon Professional Baseball (NPB) season at home on Monday. The Buffaloes have three road games remaining against the Rakuten Golden Eagles, but they are already well out of the postseason contention, 14 games back of the Pacific League-leading Rakuten, and allowed Lee to leave the team early. 

Lee, 31, has played every game of the season so far and finished with a .303 average, 24 home runs and 91 RBIs, all best marks on the Buffaloes. He had an on-base percentage of .384 and a slugging percentage of .493.

Source: Busan eFM News

Samsung Lions Clinch First Place in KBO

BUSAN, South Korea -- The Samsung Lions achieved the best record in the pro baseball league for three straight years, the first teams in Korean professional baseball to accomplish the feat. 

Samsung defeated the Lotte Giants 9-2 yesterday at Sajik Stadium. 

On the season, Samsung has gone 75-50-2 and will have the top record in the league regardless of the outcome against Lotte today, before they go to the Korean Series final.

Source: Busan eFM News



Korean Baseball Hall of Fame to be Built in Busan

BUSAN, South Korea -- Busan Metropolitan City and Gijang-gun have come to terms on an agreement with the Korea Baseball Organization (KBO) to build a Korea Baseball Museum and Korea Baseball Hall of Fame. The agreement was reached on August 29, 2013 at Busan City Hall. 

Busan the Favorite for Baseball Hall of Fame

BUSAN, South Korea -- The project to build 'the Baseball Hall of Fame' to commemorate the centennial anniversary of the birth of Korean baseball and the thirtieth anniversary of the founding of Korean Pro baseball in Gijang-gun is being decided. 

An official of Gijang-gun said that it has the plan to sign a triangular memorandum of agreement with the Korea Baseball Organization and the city of Busan for building 'Korea baseball museum and hall of fame' at five p.m. today(29) in Busan city hall. 

With this, the place for the baseball hall of fame, after a fierce competition with Seoul and Incheon, was practically decided to be Gijang. 

Busan and Gijang-gun were selected as preferred bidders for the baseball hall of fame building project at the second board meeting of KBO in April. 

Source: Busan eFM News

Exclusive Interview: American Pitcher Shane Youman Reacts to Controversial Remarks

BUSAN, South Korea -- It's been an interesting 24 hours for Lotte Giants pitcher Shane Youman. The 33-year-old starting pitcher from New Iberia, Louisiana unsuspectedly was at the center of controversy yesterday, when Hanwha Eagles' slugger Kim Tae-kyun was asked during an appearance on an Internet baseball radio broadcast about difficulties batting with the Giants' ace on the mound.

The star Korean slugger replied:

Korean Baseball Star Catches Heat Following Racist Remarks Towards American Pitcher

BUSAN, South Korea -- South Korea national baseball team member and Hanwha Eagles first baseman Kim Tae-kyun is facing criticism from fans for making what are being called racist remarks on a radio show Monday about Busan's Lotte Giants' African-American ace, Shane Youman.

Motorcycle Rider’s Test for Expats to be Held

BUSAN, South Korea -- Busan Nambu Police Station will hold a motorcycle driver's test for expats in Busan, including for multicultural families, international students, and foreign workers. A lecture to help them to prepare for the test, as well as a knowledge test and riding test, will all be held on the same day.    

Test Outline
? Date & Time: 9am, Tuesday, May 21, 2013 
? Venue: Busan Nambu Driver's License Test Center (Yongho-dong, Nam-gu)
? Available languages: English, Vietnamese, Thai, Chinese, Indian and Korean 
? What to bring: alien registration card, 3 photographs of the applicant (3x4cm) 
? Fee: 11,000 won 

Lotte Drops Exhibition Finale With SK

BUSAN, South Korea -- The SK Wyverns split the opening exhibition series with Lotte, earning a decisive 6-3 win at Sajik Stadium Sunday afternoon.

SK pounded out 12 hits and took advantage of three Giants errors to rally from a 1-0 deficit and score five runs in between the fifth and seventh innings. After Lotte cut the lead to 5-3 in the eighth, SK added an insurance run in the ninth to win their first game of the spring.

Choi Young-pil (1-0) notched his first win of the year, while Lee Jae-woong earned his first save. Lee Jung-min (0-1) took the loss for Lotte.

Kim Dae-woo hit his first homerun of the preseason for Lotte, a solo shot in the eighth, and the Giants pounded out 11 hits, led by Kim, Jang Sung-ho and Kim Mun-ho who had two hits apiece.

Song Seung-joon pitched an impressive 3 2/3 innings of three hit ball, while giving up no runs and striking out five.

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