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Korean Baseball Star Catches Heat Following Racist Remarks Towards American Pitcher


BUSAN, South Korea -- South Korea national baseball team member and Hanwha Eagles first baseman Kim Tae-kyun is facing criticism from fans for making what are being called racist remarks on a radio show Monday about Busan's Lotte Giants' African-American ace, Shane Youman.

Motorcycle Rider’s Test for Expats to be Held


BUSAN, South Korea -- Busan Nambu Police Station will hold a motorcycle driver's test for expats in Busan, including for multicultural families, international students, and foreign workers. A lecture to help them to prepare for the test, as well as a knowledge test and riding test, will all be held on the same day.    

Test Outline
? Date & Time: 9am, Tuesday, May 21, 2013 
? Venue: Busan Nambu Driver's License Test Center (Yongho-dong, Nam-gu)
? Available languages: English, Vietnamese, Thai, Chinese, Indian and Korean 
? What to bring: alien registration card, 3 photographs of the applicant (3x4cm) 
? Fee: 11,000 won 

Lotte Drops Exhibition Finale With SK


BUSAN, South Korea -- The SK Wyverns split the opening exhibition series with Lotte, earning a decisive 6-3 win at Sajik Stadium Sunday afternoon.

SK pounded out 12 hits and took advantage of three Giants errors to rally from a 1-0 deficit and score five runs in between the fifth and seventh innings. After Lotte cut the lead to 5-3 in the eighth, SK added an insurance run in the ninth to win their first game of the spring.

Choi Young-pil (1-0) notched his first win of the year, while Lee Jae-woong earned his first save. Lee Jung-min (0-1) took the loss for Lotte.

Kim Dae-woo hit his first homerun of the preseason for Lotte, a solo shot in the eighth, and the Giants pounded out 11 hits, led by Kim, Jang Sung-ho and Kim Mun-ho who had two hits apiece.

Song Seung-joon pitched an impressive 3 2/3 innings of three hit ball, while giving up no runs and striking out five.

Minah Kim: Korean Baseball`s Girl Next Door


BUSAN, South Korea -- Growing up as a kid near the Windsor-Detroit border, I was afforded the luxury of growing up with one of baseball’s best broadcasters of the game ever – Ernie Harwell. Harwell was considered so good at announcing that he is the only announcer ever to be traded for a player. (In 1948, the Brooklyn Dodgers traded catcher Cliff Dapper to the minor-league Atlanta Crackers in exchange for Harwell's broadcasting contract.)

Ten Questions with New Lotte Pitcher Shane Youman


BUSAN, South Korea - As the Lotte Giants are set to begin another season tomorrow, Lotte’s newest import pitcher, Shane Youman, brings a wealth of experience and talent to the club. A former big leaguer with the Pittsburgh Pirates, the 32-year-old Youman’s journey to Busan has had stops in Taiwan and the Dominican in the past year.

Youman is expected to make his KBO debut next Tuesday versus the LG Twins at Jamsil Stadium in Seoul. He was impressive in spring training, including four shutout innings against Hanwha, where he clocked in at 146 km/hr, while striking out five.

The Louisiana native opened up to Haps recently about his impressions of the club, his past, and what he thinks he can bring to the Giants this year.

Baseball – Lotte Signs American Pitcher Shane Youman


BUSAN, South Korea - The Lotte Giants have signed southpaw Shane Youman for the 2012 season, to add another starting pitcher to the roster.

Youman, 32, from New Iberia, Louisiana, compiled a 3-7 record with a 5.13 ERA in the Major Leagues. The 6' 4", 220 pound pitcher attended Louisiana State, and made his major league debut for the Pittsburgh Pirates on September 10, 2006. He was also signed previously by the Philadelphia Phillies.

He spent most of last season pitching in Taiwan and the Dominican Leagues.

According to his Wikipedia page, Youman is a classic "crafty" left-handed pitcher, with a fastball in the 84-88 MPH range and a hard slider, as well as a changeup.

Exclusive: Royster Says Giants Showed Lee No Loyalty


BUSAN, South Korea -- Considering how hard the Giants fought him in salary arbitration over the years, Lee Dae-ho, the 2010 MVP, and triple-crown slugger who once hit a world record nine home runs in nine consecutive games, was at least gracious in his parting statement.

The team is well-known for maintaining a tight leash on their players when talking to the press, so it is not surprising that Lee’s statement, released through the team, was heavy on the pleasantries:

Ryan Sadowski Speaks His Mind


BUSAN, South Korea - The Korean Baseball Organization's 2011 season is in the books, with Samsung coming out on top. It was a disappointment for many Lotte fans who had hoped for a championship this season. But one thing the Lotte fans seem to overlook is that it's not just them who are disappointed, but the players themselves take it even harder. Lotte starting pitcher Ryan Sadowski is no different.

Karim Garcia: Unfinished Business


BUSAN, South Korea -- His bat was deemed unnecessary, his rifle of an arm inconsequential. And with that, ex-Lotte Giant baseball All Star, Karim Garcia, was unceremoniously let go by the team after their first round playoff loss last fall.
The Lotte Giants decided their high octane, league-leading offense would be just fine without Garcia, and focused on their pitching woes. In addition, with Garcia's biggest supporter, manager Jerry Royster, also being replaced, Garcia's fate was all but sealed and he headed back home to Mexico.

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