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Doosan Bears waive struggling American hitter

All Headlines 19:25 September 20, 2018

SEOUL, Sept. 20 (Yonhap) -- South Korean baseball club Doosan Bears said Thursday they've requested waivers on struggling American hitter Scott Van Slyke.

The Seoul-based Korea Baseball Organization (KBO) club said Van Slyke will no longer play for them following his mediocre performance.

Van Slyke signed with the Bears on June 26, replacing Jimmy Parades. However, the 32-year-old failed to impress, posting a batting average of .128, one home run and four RBIs in 12 games.

Van Slyke joined the Bears with big expectations after playing six seasons with the Los Angeles Dodgers in Major League Baseball. He had a .242 average, 29 home runs and 95 RBIs in 355 games with the Dodgers.

Before his KBO debut, Van Slyke said he would try to collect 10 home runs and 30 to 40 RBIs over the remainder of the season, but he failed to keep his word.

The Bears, currently leaders in the league and likely to clinch the KBO pennant, reportedly decided not to pick Van Slyke's replacement and will play the postseason without a foreign hitter.

"We're not in a situation to use Van Slyke," the Bears manager Kim Tae-hyung said. "Foreign players have power, and they can collect 20 home runs if they adjust to the league. But the chances are always 50-50."

This file photo taken on July 18, 2018, shows Doosan Bears hitter Scott Van Slyke (R) during a Korea Baseball Organization game between the Bears and the Lotte Giants at Jamsil Stadium in Seoul. (Yonhap)


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