BUSAN, South Korea -- Growing up as a kid near the Windsor-Detroit border, I was afforded the luxury of growing up with one of baseball’s best broadcasters of the game ever – Ernie Harwell. Harwell was considered so good at announcing that he is the only announcer ever to be traded for a player. (In 1948, the Brooklyn Dodgers traded catcher Cliff Dapper to the minor-league Atlanta Crackers in exchange for Harwell's broadcasting contract.)
BUSAN, South Korea - As the Lotte Giants are set to begin another season tomorrow, Lotte’s newest import pitcher, Shane Youman, brings a wealth of experience and talent to the club. A former big leaguer with the Pittsburgh Pirates, the 32-year-old Youman’s journey to Busan has had stops in Taiwan and the Dominican in the past year.
Youman is expected to make his KBO debut next Tuesday versus the LG Twins at Jamsil Stadium in Seoul. He was impressive in spring training, including four shutout innings against Hanwha, where he clocked in at 146 km/hr, while striking out five.
The Louisiana native opened up to Haps recently about his impressions of the club, his past, and what he thinks he can bring to the Giants this year.
BUSAN, South Korea - The Lotte Giants have signed southpaw Shane Youman for the 2012 season, to add another starting pitcher to the roster.
Youman, 32, from New Iberia, Louisiana, compiled a 3-7 record with a 5.13 ERA in the Major Leagues. The 6' 4", 220 pound pitcher attended Louisiana State, and made his major league debut for the Pittsburgh Pirates on September 10, 2006. He was also signed previously by the Philadelphia Phillies.
He spent most of last season pitching in Taiwan and the Dominican Leagues.
According to his Wikipedia page, Youman is a classic "crafty" left-handed pitcher, with a fastball in the 84-88 MPH range and a hard slider, as well as a changeup.
BUSAN, South Korea -- Considering how hard the Giants fought him in salary arbitration over the years, Lee Dae-ho, the 2010 MVP, and triple-crown slugger who once hit a world record nine home runs in nine consecutive games, was at least gracious in his parting statement.
The team is well-known for maintaining a tight leash on their players when talking to the press, so it is not surprising that Lee’s statement, released through the team, was heavy on the pleasantries:
BUSAN, South Korea - The Korean Baseball Organization's 2011 season is in the books, with Samsung coming out on top. It was a disappointment for many Lotte fans who had hoped for a championship this season. But one thing the Lotte fans seem to overlook is that it's not just them who are disappointed, but the players themselves take it even harder. Lotte starting pitcher Ryan Sadowski is no different.
BUSAN, South Korea -- His bat was deemed unnecessary, his rifle of an arm inconsequential. And with that, ex-Lotte Giant baseball All Star, Karim Garcia, was unceremoniously let go by the team after their first round playoff loss last fall.
The Lotte Giants decided their high octane, league-leading offense would be just fine without Garcia, and focused on their pitching woes. In addition, with Garcia's biggest supporter, manager Jerry Royster, also being replaced, Garcia's fate was all but sealed and he headed back home to Mexico.