MLB: Korean pitcher who failed with Rangers in his GL debut returns home

The former pitcher of the Texas Rangers, Hyeon-jong Yang, he apparently won’t give MLB a second chance. Yang is likely to return to the Korea Baseball Organization. Before signing with Texas earlier this year, Yang spent 14 seasons with the Kia Tigers by KBO.

Team representatives recently told reporters that Yang expressed interest in rejoining the club and that they would try to re-sign him:

Now 33, Yang enjoyed great success with Kia, including winning the regular season and the Korean Series MVP trophies in 2017. He appeared in 425 games with the Tigers, posting a record of 147-95 and 3.83 of effectiveness.

Unfortunately, those numbers didn’t translate well in the majors. Yang signed a minor league contract with Texas on February 12 of this year. He did not break camp with the Rangers, but was called up on April 26.

He appeared in eight games over the next seven weeks, including four starts, but was mostly ineffective. In 29 innings he had a 5.59 ERA and a 6.55 FIP.

He was then designated for assignment, approved waivers, and was assigned to Round Rock Express, Triple-A affiliate of Texas. He spent the rest of the season bouncing between Round Rock and Arlington, with similar results.

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After being transferred to Round Rock in mid-September, Yang chose to become a free agent on October 4, setting up a possible return to KBO.

Rafael Martinez

I am fond of the King of Sports, especially the Boston Red Sox in MLB and in general all of Mexican baseball. This profession has given me the opportunity to cover major events such as the Caribbean Series, LMB All Star, LMP (uninterrupted since 2009), signings of important players. I had the chance to attend the 2013 World Classic in Arizona, USA, albeit as a fan. Apart from this beautiful sport, I love basketball, where I have also narrated games and even an NBA friendly 10 years ago, but I carry baseball in my veins. Bachelor of Communication Sciences from the Autonomous University of Sinaloa (UAS) , from which I graduated in 2011. I was born in Mazatlán, Sinaloa and started in the world of sports journalism in 2004 in the newspaper El Sol de Mazatlán, where I was a baseball columnist and reporter at the same time. In January 2009 I came to El Debate as a journalist reporter and it was almost six years (in the first stage), until in November 2014 I emigrated to the radio providing my services in Línea Directa-Grupo RSN. My cycle there ended in July 2019 and after a few days, El Debate gave me another opportunity to work and opened the doors for me again. That is how I came to Al Bat, where I have been since 2019 as a web journalist.

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