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Lotte Giants Re-sign Song Seung-joon, Jang Sung-ho

BUSAN, South Korea -- The Lotte Giants signed Song Seung-joon, Jang Sung-ho and Kim Seung-hee to contracts. 

Song's contract is worth 360 million won, a 50 million won increase over last season. Jang signed a 140 million won contract, while Kim signed a 120 million won contract. 

Lotte has officially signed all of its players to contracts this year. They will begin their spring training in Arizona and Saipan beginning today, January fourteenth, as planned. 

Source: Busan eFM News

Lotte Giants Re-sign Three Players

BUSAN, South Korea -- Lotte Giants side arm pitcher Kim Sung-bae signed a contract with the team worth 190 million won a year, that's an 81 percent increase over last year's contract. 

Kim had 31 saves and 3.05 ERA as Lotte's closer last season. 

Also, Lotte's lefty hold man Lee Myung-woo, who recorded 20 holds and was ranked 4th, signed a 130 million won contract. That represents a 40 million won increase. 

The backup catcher Yong Deuk-han received a contract worth 65 million won, a five million won raise over last year's contract. 

The Giants have 57 players under contract for next year. In total, the team needs 65 players on its roster.

Source: Busan eFM News



Kang Min-ho and Sohn Ah-seop Win KBO Gold Gloves

BUSAN, South Korea -- Kang Min-ho and Sohn Ah-seop of the Lotte Giants were awarded Golden Gloves at the 2013 Korea Yakult Seven Professional Baseball Golden Glove Awards, yesterday, December 10th. This is the third consecutive year both players received the honor 

Kang received 178 of total 323 votes and Sohn, who has the most base hits, tied with Choi Hyung-woo and Park Yong-taek for the largest number of votes among outfielders. 

Meanwhile, Cho Seung-hwan of Lotte Giants got the Love Golden Glove for working with children who have childhood cancer and leukemia. Mr. Cho visits hospitals every year and donates to children's charities as well. 

Source: Busan eFM News

Former Major Leaguer Kim Sun-woo Joins LG Twins

BUSAN, South Korea -- Former Major League Baseball (MLB) right-hander Kim Sun-woo on Monday signed with the LG Twins, a week after being released by the club's crosstown rival in the Korea Baseball Organization (KBO). 

The Twins announced that they have inked the 36-year-old pitcher to a one-year deal worth 150 million won (US$141,750). Last Monday, the Doosan Bears released Kim after back-to-back mediocre seasons. 

Source: Busan eFM News



NC Dinos Lee Wins ROY, Nexen’s Park MVP

BUSAN, South Korea -- Yesterday, the Korea Baseball Organization named NC Dinos pitcher Lee Jae-hak Rookie of the Year. The pitcher received 77 votes out of 98 cast. 

He recorded 10 wins, 5 losses and 1 save with a 2.88 ERA, ranking second in the league in that category. He became an ace of the newly built team. 

The season's MVP went to Nexen's hitter Park Byung-ho. 

Source: Busan eFM News


Lee Dae-ho Wraps Up NPB Season

BUSAN, South Korea -- South Korean slugger Lee Dae-ho has wrapped up his second successful season in Japan, with his immediate future hanging in the balance. 

The Orix Buffaloes first baseman played his last game of the 2013 Nippon Professional Baseball (NPB) season at home on Monday. The Buffaloes have three road games remaining against the Rakuten Golden Eagles, but they are already well out of the postseason contention, 14 games back of the Pacific League-leading Rakuten, and allowed Lee to leave the team early. 

Lee, 31, has played every game of the season so far and finished with a .303 average, 24 home runs and 91 RBIs, all best marks on the Buffaloes. He had an on-base percentage of .384 and a slugging percentage of .493.

Source: Busan eFM News

Samsung Lions Clinch First Place in KBO

BUSAN, South Korea -- The Samsung Lions achieved the best record in the pro baseball league for three straight years, the first teams in Korean professional baseball to accomplish the feat. 

Samsung defeated the Lotte Giants 9-2 yesterday at Sajik Stadium. 

On the season, Samsung has gone 75-50-2 and will have the top record in the league regardless of the outcome against Lotte today, before they go to the Korean Series final.

Source: Busan eFM News



Korean Baseball Hall of Fame to be Built in Busan

BUSAN, South Korea -- Busan Metropolitan City and Gijang-gun have come to terms on an agreement with the Korea Baseball Organization (KBO) to build a Korea Baseball Museum and Korea Baseball Hall of Fame. The agreement was reached on August 29, 2013 at Busan City Hall. 

Busan the Favorite for Baseball Hall of Fame

BUSAN, South Korea -- The project to build 'the Baseball Hall of Fame' to commemorate the centennial anniversary of the birth of Korean baseball and the thirtieth anniversary of the founding of Korean Pro baseball in Gijang-gun is being decided. 

An official of Gijang-gun said that it has the plan to sign a triangular memorandum of agreement with the Korea Baseball Organization and the city of Busan for building 'Korea baseball museum and hall of fame' at five p.m. today(29) in Busan city hall. 

With this, the place for the baseball hall of fame, after a fierce competition with Seoul and Incheon, was practically decided to be Gijang. 

Busan and Gijang-gun were selected as preferred bidders for the baseball hall of fame building project at the second board meeting of KBO in April. 

Source: Busan eFM News

Exclusive Interview: American Pitcher Shane Youman Reacts to Controversial Remarks

BUSAN, South Korea -- It's been an interesting 24 hours for Lotte Giants pitcher Shane Youman. The 33-year-old starting pitcher from New Iberia, Louisiana unsuspectedly was at the center of controversy yesterday, when Hanwha Eagles' slugger Kim Tae-kyun was asked during an appearance on an Internet baseball radio broadcast about difficulties batting with the Giants' ace on the mound.

The star Korean slugger replied:

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