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Korean big leaguers make debuts in spring camps


it’s spring training time for teams in
the MLB and two South Korean pitchers the Toronto Blue Jays you hon gin and
the st. Louis Cardinals kim kwang-hyun are starting their journeys with their
new teams are conn-young who has more on Thursday the Toronto Blue Jays spring
training stadium attracted the most cameras and reporters it had seen in
years they came to see one of the team’s new players the engine also known as the
Korean master Blue Jays manager Charlie Montoya described a 32 year old lefty as
an ace adding that every time you takes the mound that the team has a chance to
win this offseason do you signed a 4-year contract worth 80 million US
dollars with the Blue Jays the biggest deal ever for a South Korean pitcher
this game after his monstrous 2018-2019 campaign with the LA Dodgers
he led both the American and national leagues with an e ra up 2.3 2 while
earning his first all-star selection to become the starting pitcher for the
National League he was also the runner-up for the NL Cy Young Award an
annual honor given to the best pitcher of the regular season now he’s starting
his new life in Toronto the Korean Monster is going to have a chip on his
shoulder the season another South Korean pitcher kim kwang-hyun has made the
front page of the st. Louis Cardinals official website the headline reads
lefty Kim comes out firing in first session the 31 year old threw more than
50 pitches whereas starters are normally asked to throw 30 to 40 pitches in their
first spring outings although the South Korean pitcher
repeatedly said he’s open to any role with the Cardinals Kim looks to be
competing for the 5th starting rotation spot in the winter the lefty signed a
two-year contract worth 8 million u.s. dollars with the Cardinals finally
realizing his lifelong dream of playing in the MLB over 12 seasons with SK
wyverns and the Korea baseball organization Kim had an ER a up 3.27
while throwing 7.8 strikeouts per 9 innings although he cemented his place
as one of the best pitchers of his time in the Korean league the lefty or as he
likes to be called KK will have to prove himself again in the big leagues
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