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Baseball champions re-signs American pitcher

All Headlines 11:40 December 12, 2016

SEOUL, Dec. 12 (Yonhap) -- South Korean baseball champions Doosan Bears said Monday they've re-signed former big league pitcher Michael Bowden for one more season.

The Korea Baseball Organization (KBO) club signed Bowden to a US$1.1 million deal. He made $650,000 in 2016, his first year in the KBO.

Bowden, 30, was pivotal for the Bears to take the pennant and swept the NC Dinos to win their second straight Korean Series championship this year. The American right hander went 18-7 with a 3.80 ERA in 30 games in the regular season. He also topped the league with 160 strikeouts.

Bowden also tossed the 13th no-hitter in the KBO's 34-year history, shutting down the Dinos at Jamsil Stadium in Seoul on June 30.

Before coming to South Korea, Bowden made 103 Major League Baseball (MLB) appearances from 2008 to 2013, with a record of 3-5 and a 4.50 in 103 appearances. He spent the 2014 season with the Seibu Lions in Japan and split his 2015 season between the Triple-A affiliates of the Baltimore Orioles and the Minnesota Twins, going 11-5 with a 2.63 ERA in 32 appearances.

Each KBO team is permitted three players from overseas, and one must be a position player. The Bears last week re-signed American slugger Nick Evans to a US$680,000 deal.

The Bears are also now hoping to retain Dustin Nippert who was voted the KBO MVP this season after leading the league with 22 wins and 2.95 ERA.

kdon@yna.co.kr
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