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KBO set new single season attendance record by topping seven million mark

by on Oct.03, 2012 @ 2:12 am, under Other
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According to the Yonhap News Agency, the KBO topped the seven million mark in season attendance on Tuesday for the first time in its thirty-year history.  Source: Yonhap New Agency 10/2/2012, Sponichi 10/2/2012

And from the Korea Times' Kang Seung-woo:

According to the Korea Baseball Organization (KBO), Tuesday's four games attracted 39,200 as of 6:30 p.m. to set the new ticket record. The total number of spectators at baseball stadiums this year stood at 6,993,367 as of Monday.

... Last season, buoyed by an unprecedented wave of popularity, eight baseball clubs attracted a total of 6.81 million to ballparks, marking an all-time single season record, and they have set the bar higher at 7.1 million for the 2012 season.

... Four clubs ― the Lotte Giants, Doosan Bears, LG Twins and SK Wyverns ― drew more than 1 million fans and the Busan-based Giants became the first KBO team ever to hit more than 1 million in spectatorship for the fifth-straight year.

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All-Star Game 2012 Updates; Samurai Japan manager by late August; KBO players threaten boycott

by on Jul.11, 2012 @ 2:42 am, under NPB, Other
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Mazda All-Star Game 2012 updates:

  • Yuki Saito (HAM) is currently slated to start the first game of the All-Star series for the Pacific League.  Kenta Maeda (HIR) will likely start the first game for the Central League.  Source: Sports Hochi 7/10/2012
  • Yuki Karakawa (LOT) is hoping to make his All-Star appearance during the third game of the series.  Karakawa was scratched from his start on Wednesday because of possible back tightness.  Source: Sports Hochi 7/10/2012
  • Tony Blanco (CHU) is expected to withdraw from the All-Star series.  Source: Sponichi 7/10/2012

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The twelve NPB teams would like to see the Samurai Japan manager selected by late August because they want to get started on the business-side of things, like rounding up sponsors.  Acting NPB Commissioner Ryozo Kato told reporters that he would also like to make a decision as soon as possible, but was having a difficult time deciding whether or not to go with an active (tight schedule) or retired (may have lost the feel for the game) manager.  Source: Sports Hochi 7/10/2012

Kato is currently working with WBC special advisor Sadaharu Oh to narrow down candidates for the position.  Source: Sponichi 7/10/2012

Amongst the names that have been mentioned: Tatsunori Hara, Koji Akiyama, and Hiromitsu Ochiai.  Source: Sanspo 7/10/2012

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The KBO player's union is threatening to boycott the 2012 KBO All-Star Game and the next WBC if a tenth team is not allowed into the league.  Source: Daily Sports 7/10/2012

A little more detail from the Korea Times (6/19/2012):

The Korea Baseball Organization (KBO) concluded Tuesday that it will not allow a 10th team in the league at this time, disappointing fans in the areas vying for the new outfit.

The Korean baseball players' union is also unhappy with the decision and announced that its players will boycott the World Baseball Classic in 2013 and the All-Star Game in July.

... The board concluded that improving the conditions of amateur baseball in high and middle schools was a prerequisite ahead of adding another team to the league.

And from a Korea Herald article that was posted on 7/10/2012:

The Korea Baseball Organization's board of directors announced on Tuesday that it will review information regarding the establishment of a 10th team.

The decision of the pro baseball governing body is a reversal from its earlier decision on June 19 to postpone the discussion.

... "There was a proposal that was well developed," said Yang who added that he would discuss the proposal with the players' association.

... It was reported that teams opposing a 10th club, including Samsung, Lotte and Hanwha, did not reject the proposal, unlike in previous meetings.

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The latest on the Korea Baseball Organization match-fixing scandal [4/19/2012]

by on Apr.19, 2012 @ 12:47 am, under Other
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Updates on the Korea Baseball Organization match-fixing scandal.

From the Korea Herald:

A local court on Wednesday sentenced two pitchers charged with fixing matches to six months in prison, suspended for two years, and 7 million won ($6,154) each in fines.

The Daegu District Court also ordered 120 hours of community service for Park Hyun-jun and Kim Seong-hyun, who played for the Seoul-based LG Twins in South Korea‘s top professional baseball league.

From the Korea Times:

The players said they had been approached by a broker surnamed Kim, who received a two-year jail term.

He also lured professional volleyball players, either retired or active. Among those players, a retired athlete surnamed Yeom was sentenced to two years behind bars year while six others were given two-year suspended terms.

"It was inevitable to give a prison sentence to Yeom and the broker as they were the key figures in this match-fixing scandal involving professional athletes," judge said./p>

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KBO: Jong-Beom Lee decides to retire at the age of forty-one

by on Apr.05, 2012 @ 9:10 pm, under Other
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From the Korea Herald:

For professional athletes, the most difficult thing is knowing when it's time to call it a career. Lee Jong-beom of the Kia Tigers reached that point this spring.

The 41-year-old announced on Saturday his retirement from baseball after 19 seasons in the country’s top baseball league.

The news came as a shock as until recently the longtime franchise star trained hard in the offseason, hoping to continue playing for the team this season, which kicks off this weekend.

But with just one week to go before the opening of the season, Lee was told that he had been demoted to the reserve-team squad and that there would be a slim chance of him making the first team this year. 

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Career Stats

Year Team G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR TB RBI SB CS SH SF BB IBB HBP SO DP AVG OBP SLG OPS
1993 Haitai Tigers 126 525 475 85 133 16 4 16 205 53 73 19 8 4 32 2 6 35 11 .280 .331 .432 .762
1994 Haitai Tigers 124 561 499 113 196 27 5 19 290 77 84 15 1 4 51 14 6 31 2 .393 .452 .581 1.033
1995 Haitai Tigers 63 272 239 41 78 10 2 16 140 35 32 3 0 3 28 4 2 20 5 .326 .397 .586 .983
1996 Haitai Tigers 113 525 449 94 149 28 1 25 254 76 57 12 0 2 67 15 7 39 4 .332 .425 .566 .990
1997 Haitai Tigers 125 577 484 112 157 28 3 30 281 74 64 15 0 3 87 30 3 49 9 .324 .428 .581 1.009
1998 Chunichi Dragons 67 290 244 38 69 11 3 10 116 29 18 8 3 1 36 2 6 33 4 .283 .387 .475 .862
1999 Chunichi Dragons 123 484 424 76 101 20 5 9 158 33 24 7 13 2 38 1 7 62 6 .238 .310 .373 .683
2000 Chunichi Dragons 113 465 414 58 114 26 2 8 168 37 11 8 13 2 28 0 8 70 6 .275 .332 .406 .738
2001 Chunichi Dragons 8 13 13 2 2 1 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 0 .154 .154 .231 .385
2001 Kia Tigers 45 214 188 45 64 14 1 11 113 37 7 5 2 3 20 0 1 16 5 .340 .401 .601 1.002
2002 Kia Tigers 123 546 485 93 142 25 2 18 225 59 35 5 4 1 43 5 13 63 7 .293 .365 .464 .829
2003 Kia Tigers 132 595 524 110 165 43 1 20 270 61 50 10 1 4 59 5 7 58 8 .315 .389 .515 .904
2004 Kia Tigers 133 577 493 100 128 29 0 17 208 52 42 7 12 2 53 1 17 50 9 .260 .350 .422 .772
2005 Kia Tigers 118 495 430 69 134 25 2 6 181 36 28 5 7 0 47 2 11 49 8 .312 .393 .421 .814
2006 Kia Tigers 93 379 339 41 82 18 1 1 105 21 10 7 11 0 24 2 5 43 3 .242 .302 .310 .611
2007 Kia Tigers 84 282 253 23 44 6 0 1 53 18 3 2 10 4 13 0 2 25 6 .174 .217 .209 .426
2008 Kia Tigers 110 362 317 38 90 19 4 1 120 38 9 3 9 3 32 0 1 26 11 .284 .348 .379 .727
2009 Kia Tigers 123 449 385 63 105 21 1 6 146 40 11 1 12 6 41 1 5 50 9 .273 .346 .379 .725
2010 Kia Tigers 97 286 265 36 65 16 1 4 95 29 2 2 6 0 15 0 3 33 5 .245 .293 .379 .619
2011 Kia Tigers 97 258 235 27 65 15 1 3 91 24 3 2 12 3 22 1 1 35 6 .277 .337 .387 .724
KBO 1706 6784 6060 1100 1797 340 29 194 2777 730 510 113 95 42 634 82 90 622 108 .297 .372 .458 .830
NPB 311 1252 1095 174 286 58 10 27 445 99 53 23 29 5 102 3 21 169 16 .245 .334 .358 .741
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Korea: Thirty-one people involved in match-fixing scandal

by on Mar.14, 2012 @ 9:14 pm, under Other
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From the Korea Herald:

Finishing up its month-long inspection, Daegu District Prosecutors’ Office announced Wednesday that a total of 31 people were involved.

Among those indicted were 16 former and active volleyball players and two active pitchers in the country’s top baseball league.

... Under a recently revised law on sports promotion, players who are involved in match-fixing may be jailed for up to five years or fined a maximum of 50 million won ($45,000), while those who set up illegal betting websites may be sentenced to up to seven years in prison or fined a maximum of 70 million won ($63,000).

Players convicted of match-fixing attempts will also be banned for life, and the teams involved may be ousted from their leagues.

And from the Korea Times:

The suspected volleyball players belonged to Suwon KEPCO 45 and Sangmu Shinhyup in the men’s league and Heungkuk Life Pink Spiders in the women’s league. The two baseball players are Park Hyun-jun, a pitcher for the LG Twins, and Kim Seong-hyun, a Nexen Heroes pitcher.

Prosecutors indicted and detained 11, while indicting 16 without physical detention. In addition, four athletes belonging to military sports teams were transferred to the military police for prosecution.

Many of the players have already been expelled from their teams and received lifetime bans from sports governing bodies.

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KBO to implement strict rules to prevent match-fixing

by on Mar.14, 2012 @ 1:18 am, under Other
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The Korea Baseball Organization (KBO) announced today that they will be taking extra precautions in making sure players do not get involved in match-fixing schemes in the future by indefinitely banning those that are caught.  Teams could also be banished from the league depending on the circumstances.  The new amendments are said to be very close to what Korea's Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism suggested back in Febuary.

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KBO suspends the two players questioned for game-fixing

by on Mar.05, 2012 @ 11:00 pm, under Other
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The Korea Herald has the story.  A snip:

Two pitchers in the nation's top baseball league have been suspended indefinitely for their alleged roles in match fixing, officials said Monday.

... According to KBO officials, Park and Kim will not be permitted to play in exhibition and regular season games. They will also not be paid for the duration of their suspension. The officials added they will hand out the same penalties to KBO players coming under fixing suspicions in the future. If they receive criminal penalties for their charges, then the KBO will convene a disciplinary committee meeting to finalize its punishment.

... The KBO added it will soon discuss measures to prevent further fixing in baseball at its executive committee, made up of team general managers, and its board meeting, which brings together team owners.

For those not keeping track of the story, the two players are Seong-Hyun Kim and Hyun-Jun Park.

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KBO: Another active pitcher to be questioned about spot fixing

by on Mar.02, 2012 @ 11:46 pm, under Other
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The Korea Herald is reporting that a second active KBO player, Hyun-Jun Park, is suspected of fixing games.  A snip:

Park Hyun-jun, a right-hander for the LG Twins in the Korea Baseball Organization, appeared before prosecutors in Daegu. Park is under suspicion of accepting bribes in return for trying to fix baseball games last season.

His teammate, pitcher Kim Seong-hyun, was put under arrest Thursday for his alleged connection in the fixing scandal. He was charged with taking kickbacks from a gambling broker and deliberating issuing first-inning walks last year.

... Park and Kim are suspected of having taken part in "spot fixing," an activity where particular plays, such as first-inning walks by a starter, are fixed. Spot fixing is considered more difficult to detect than match fixing attempts, since fixed plays are often seemingly inconsequential plays with little impact on the outcome of the game.

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KBO: Prosecutors continuing to investigate alleged match-fixing/spot-fixing attempts

by on Feb.28, 2012 @ 9:36 pm, under Other
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The Korea Times has an update.  A snip:

Until now, prosecutors have said based on earlier testimonies, brokers attempted to fix five to six KBO games and were only successful three or four times.

Kim was arrested for allegedly introducing two active players in the Korea Baseball Organization (KBO), the nation's top baseball league, to a gambling broker to assist in match fixing schemes.

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Kim, the ex-college player, also reportedly testified that KBO players received about 12 million won ($10,620) in total for their roles in the fixing. Park said that claim would need to be confirmed through a separate investigation of suspected players.

The Associated Press has also posted a brief update.  A snip:

A prosecution office in the southeastern city of Daegu said Tuesday it's questioning an LG Twins pitcher surnamed Kim before deciding whether to formally arrest him.

The office refused to provide further details.

The Japanese media (here and here) have identified the player as twenty-three year-old pitcher Seong-Hyeon Kim (金聖賢).  They also note Kim walked a batter in the first inning of a game twice last season and earned at least 3M won per incident (the bet was on whether or not there would be a walk in the first inning).

UPDATE 3/2 @ 11:49pm - To clarify: the Kim in the Korea Times article is not the same Kim mentioned in the Associated Press article.  The first Kim is a former college player that allegedly introduced the second Kim to a gambling broker.  My apologies for the confusion.

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MLB to void the Baltimore Orioles’ contract with Korean prospect Seong-Min Kim

by on Feb.16, 2012 @ 1:29 pm, under NPB
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From MASN Sports' Roch Kubatko:

The Korean Baseball Organization's protest over the Orioles' signing of Seong-Min Kim will lead to Major League Baseball voiding the contract of the 17-year-old Korean pitcher, according to industry sources.

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I'm told that the Orioles could be facing some sort of punishment, and they will have to restart the negotiating process at a later date if they still want to bring Kim into the organization.

BTW: Thanks to everyone that dropped me a line about this.

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