Majors tap South Korea for talent Young arms deal with new culture, troubles on field
Everyone has seen the prospects in the USA, Canada, Venezuela, Puerto Rico, Mexico and the Dominican Republic. Japan and Cuba were the most recent exotic ports of call. The new frontier is the Korean Peninsula.
The first Korean to the majors, Chan Ho Park of the Los Angeles Dodgers, is serving a seven-game suspension for kicking an opponent during a row.
That has made Korean pitching the flavor of the season. Park became the first Korean in the majors in 1996. Last year, Jin Ho Cho made four starts for the Boston Red Sox, who returned him to the minors this year. He is back up and started Monday against Minnesota, giving up two runs on six hits in six innings for a no decision. Arizona's Kim arrived this season.
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