SOUTH KOREA – Samsung Lions’ designated hitter Yang Joon-hyeok has announced his retirement effective at the end of the 2010 season. The 18-year veteran KBO slugger currently is the KBO career leader in games played (2,131), hits (2,318), home runs (351), RBIs (1,389), walks (1,380), and runs scored (1,299).
The Daegu native, who was the KBO Rookie of the Year in 1993, started his career with the Lions but was traded to Haitai in 1999. He signed as a free agent with the LG Twins in 2000 before returning to Samsung in 2002, where he played a key role in the franchise claiming three league titles during his second stint with the Lions.
SIKORSKI BECOMES FREE AGENT
Seibu Lions closer Brian Sikorski has become just the fifth foreign player in Japanese baseball history to attain free agency. The 36-year-old right-hander fulfilled the requirement to become a free agent after having spent eight years on a topteam in Japan, making him eligible to be treated as a Japanese player starting next season. Sikorski, who has also played for the Lotte Marines,Yomiuri Giants and Yakult Swallows, currently leads the Pacific League with 25 saves.
HAMBURG ADDS AMERICAN HURLER
The Hamburg Stealers of the German League has signed American right-hander Justin Prinstein for the final two weeks of the season. The Stealers are currently one game behind a trio of clubs seeking the final playoff berth in the North Division. The well-travelled Prinstein has played in Australia, Belgium, Israel and the Netherlands.
DUTCH SKIPPER RESIGNS
ADO manager Leo Voogd has resigned from his post with the Dutch League club effective immediately, reports Honkbalsite.com. The 42 year-old former Dutch League pitcher, who said he considered not returning prior to the start of the 2010 season, decided to quit due to financial reasons. ADO is currently residing in seventh-place with a 9-27-1 record.
KOREAN CLUB DUMPS FOREIGN PITCHER
The Samsung Lions have released import pitcher Brian Knight. The right-hander, who compiled a 6-5 record while shuffling between the starting rotation and bullpen, finished with a 4.54 ERA in 83 1/3 innings.
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