Korean Players in Major League Baseball

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Even though Chan-Ho Park’s case proved that Korean players could compete in Major League Baseball, none of other Koreans successfully settled in U.S.A. after Park. Approximately after ten years, a similar case with Park’s debut came out with Shin-Soo Choo. Shin-Soo Choo, who did not make a debut in Korean Baseball Championship before debuting in Major League Baseball, made debut with Seattle Mariners on 21 April 2005. Choo dreamed about Major League Baseball, which led him into a Rookie contract with Seattle mariners after his graduation from high school in 2000. Therefore, he made up to Seattle Mariners’s Minor League and even up to Major League (“Choo Shin Soo”). Nonetheless, his debut in the Major League did not lead him into…show more content…
He signed for $36 million over six seasons and an opt-out after five years if he has pitched 750 innings. According to his biography, he also had Tommy John surgery when he was in high school, which raised an immediate red flag among the local reporters. There were too many "what if’s" and red flags associated with Ryu as he prepared for his first season in Major League Baseball to think that he can be an impact starting pitcher coming from Korea Baseball Championship (Wells). Despite the doubts over his ability, he was determined to prove everyone wrong and had grounds for confidence. In 2006, he made a historic debut as he was named both the league's Rookie of the Year and MVP after posting an 18-6 record with a 2.23 ERA and 205 strikeouts. With an impressive performance, he garnered international recognition in 2008 as a member of South Korea's Olympic gold-medal winning team and in the 2009 World Baseball Classic (Rosenbaum). According to the scouting report of Baseball America, "he just turned 22, but he already pitches like a veteran. Ryu has four averages to above-average pitches, includes an 86-93 mph fastball with late life that he can add and subtract from when needed, a slow curve (75 mph), a tighter slider and a changeup. Already extensively tested in international play, Ryu's biggest asset is his feel

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