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Journeyman pitcher Choi Hyang-nam joins Austrian club

All Headlines 08:32 March 10, 2015

SEOUL, March 10 (Yonhap) -- South Korean pitcher Choi Hyang-nam will extend his globe-trotting career in Austria, officials said Tuesday.

The 43-year-old journeyman has signed with the semi-pro club Wr. Neustadt Diving Ducks, according to a former official with Goyang Wonders, a defunct South Korean independent club, the last team here for Choi.

Bleacher Wisdom, a website providing information on Austrian baseball in English, also introduced Choi as a new member of the Diving Ducks. The website said Hwang Gun-joo, a former teammate of Choi's on the Wonders, has also joined the Austrian club.

Choi is a veteran of 15 seasons in the Korea Baseball Organization (KBO) and also has three Triple-A seasons in the United States under his belt.

He has a career KBO record of 54-70 with 24 saves in 293 appearances, with a 4.05 ERA. He has pitched for the Triple-A affiliates for the Cleveland Indians and for the Los Angeles Dodgers, with a 18-9 record in 79 appearances with a 2.81 ERA. He also had a stop in Japan with an independent club.

In 2008, Choi famously signed with the St. Louis Cardinals after his KBO club, Lotte Giants, accepted the posting fee of US$101. Choi is the first South Korean to sign with a big league club through posting, though he never reached the majors with the Cardinals.

The Diving Ducks have another South Korean connection with their manager Ha Seung-jun, a former high school player and an interpreter for foreign players for the Lotte Giants.

jeeho@yna.co.kr
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