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South Korea: Kia Tigers Sign Former MLB Pitcher Travis Blackley

South Korea: Kia Tigers Sign Former MLB Pitcher Travis Blackley

SOUTH KOREA – The Kia Tigers have signed former big league pitcher Travis Blackley. The Australian national team hurler pitched in the farm systems of the New York Mets and Oakland A’s in 2010.

The 28-year-old left-hander was signed by the Seattle Mariners as an amateur free agent in 2000, and made his Mahor League debut on July 1, 2004. He made six starts and went 1-3 with a 10.04 ERA before missing the 2005 season due to injury.

Blackley made it back to “The Show” in 2007 with the San Francisco Giants (0-0, 7.27 ERA) before bouncing around the minor leagues and a short stint in the Mexican League.

The Lotte Giants have announced the acquisition of veteran right-handed reliever Bryan Corey for the 2011 KBO season. The 37-year-old Californian played in the Japanese League this year with the Chiba Lotte Marines.

Corey, who was converted from a position player to a pitcher by the Detroit Tigers in 1995, made his Major League Baseball debut with the Arizona D-Backs in 1998. In parts of five Major League seasons, he compiled a 4-4 mark with a 5.13 ERA in 98 1/3 innings.

The journeyman pitcher has also pitched in the minor league systems for the Oakland Athletics, San Diego Padres, Los Angeles Dodgers, Chicago Cubs, Florida Marlins, Texas Rangers and Boston Red Sox.

The Nexen Heroes have dealt pitcher Goh Won-joon to the Lotte Giants for veteran reliever Lee Jeong-hoon and infielder Park Jeong-joon. Goh, just 20-years-old, chewed up 131 frames this past season while posting a 5-7 record with a 4.12 ERA.

The 33-year-old Lee, who racked up eight saves and nine holds with a 3.03 ERA in 57 games in 2009, is coming off a horrible season with the Giants.

Injuries kept Park on the sidelines for most of 2010 after establishing himself as a valuable bench player a year earlier.

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About Eric Bynum
Eric Bynum is Managing Editor here at BaseballdeWorld. He spent three years as an ESL teacher in South Korea, and is now working on his master's degree in history with a focus on baseball and WWII. He has played and/or written about baseball for the past 30 years and is an avid Atlanta Braves fan.

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  • Charles (Chuck) Maack

    In the last couple years Travis has steadily been returning to his earlier form before labrum injur to his left/pitching shoulder. His MLB stats with Seattle was the result of that injury prior to surgery. His stats with the SF Giants was during the period of rehab from the surgery. Neither provided a true evaluation of his expertise. He improved even better as a reliever as can be noted in his more recent stats with the Oakland A’s AAA Sacramento team and his even more recent stats as a starter in the recent Mexican Winter league and two starts for Melbourne, Australia, while home on vacation this past December before signing with the Kia Tigers. The Kia Tigers made an excellent move in signing Travis Blackley where he can serve as either starter or reliever.


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