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Yokohama Looks to Korea

by Patrick Newman (Oct 25, 2008)

Sanspo reports that Yokohama is looking to acquire two Korean players, SK Wyverns outfielder Lee Jin-Young and Doosan Bears pitcher Lee Hye-Chun. According to the articles, Lee Hye-Chun is a fastball/slider lefty with a three-quarters motion, while Lee Jin-Young is a steady defender with gap power.

This marks a different approach for the BayStars, who got very little production from their six foreign players in 2008, and won't bring any of them back for next year. This off-season they're looking for quality rather than quantity from their foreign roster. Attracting Korean players seems to be business driven as well: "Now Korea is a big market. This time we definitely want to acquire a player from Korea," said the team official scouting Lee Hye-Chun.


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