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The MLB connection to the KBO League


The KBO League, South Korea’s highest professional baseball league, will begin its regular season in about nine hours from the time of this posting. ESPN will broadcast the games “generally on ESPN2 and the ESPN App.”

For many Americans, who only watch Major League Baseball, watching Korean baseball will bring in a whole host of unknown faces and talents. There are, however, a handful of former major leaguers currently on KBO rosters. If you’re looking for a familiar face, you may find one here:

Doosan Bears

  • 1B José Miguel Fernández (2018 Angels)
  • P Raul Alcántara (2016-17 Athletics)
  • P Chris Flexen (2017-19 Mets)

Hanwha Eagles

Kia Tigers

  • P Drew Gagnon (2018-19 Mets)
  • OF Preston Tucker (2015-16 Astros; ’18 Braves, Reds)
  • P Aaron Brooks (2014-15 Royals; ’15, ’18-19 Athletics, ’19 Orioles)

Kiwoom Heroes

  • P Eric Jokisch (2014 Cubs)
  • P Jake Brigham (2015 Braves)
  • UT Taylor Motter (2016 Rays, ’17-18 Mariners, ’18 Twins)
  • 1B ByungHo Park (2016 Twins)

KT Wiz

  • P Odrisamer Despaigne (2014-15 Padres; ’16 Orioles; ’16-18 Marlins; ’18 Angels, ’19 White Sox)
  • 3B Jae-gyun Hwang (2017 Giants)
  • P William Cuevas (2016 Red Sox; ’17 Tigers; ’18 Red Sox)

LG Twins

  • P Casey Kelly (2012, ’15 Padres; ’16 Braves; ’18 Giants)
  • 1B Dae-ho Lee (2016 Mariners)
  • P Tyler Wilson (2015-17 Orioles)
  • OF Hyun Soo Kim (2016-17 Orioles; ’17 Phillies)

Lotte Giants

  • P Dan Straily (2012-14 Athletics; ’14 Cubs; ’15 Astros; ’16 Reds; ’17-18 Marlins; ’19 Orioles)
  • P Adrian Sampson (2016 Mariners; ’18-19 Rangers)
  • 2B/SS Dixon Machado (2015-18 Tigers)

NC Dinos

Samsung Lions

  • P Seunghwan Oh (2016-17 Cardinals; ’18 Blue Jays; ’18-19 Rockies)
  • IF Tyler Saladino (2015-18 White Sox; ’18-19 Brewers)
  • P Ben Lively (2017-18 Phillies; ’18-19 Royals)
  • P David Buchanan (2014-15 Phillies)

SK Wyverns

  • P Nick Kingham (2018-19 Pirates; ’19 Blue Jays)
  • 1B/OF Jamie Romak (2014 Dodgers; ’15 Diamondbacks)
  • P Ricardo Pinto (2017 Phillies; ’19 Rays)

Donaldson ejected for kicking dirt on plate after home run

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Minnesota’s Josh Donaldson managed to get ejected while hitting a home run.

Donaldson barked at plate umpire Dan Bellino for the second time in the sixth inning of a 4-3 loss to the Chicago White Sox on Thursday.

With the score 2-2, Bellino called a strike when the 2015 AL MVP checked his swing on a 2-0 pitch from Reynaldo Lopez.

Manager Rocco Baldelli came out to speak with Bellino, and Donaldson homered down the left-field line on the next offering. After rounding the bases, Donaldson kicked dirt at home plate as he crossed it.

Bellino ejected him immediately, and Donaldson, realizing he had missed home plate, returned to the plate to touch it and then argued as he kicked more dirt on it.

Donaldson also had argued with Bellino on a 1-1 breaking ball in the first inning that appeared to be high but was called a strike, leading to a strikeout.

“We need Josh on the field, out there playing, and at third base,” Baldelli said. “That’s when we’re at our best. And so that’s really the end of it. I think we can move past it at his point, and go from here.”