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.