Dodgers Have Long History With Korean Basebal

The Dodgers played host to Team Korea from the World Baseball Classic in an exhibition exhibition. This game did not count toward Cactus League standings, nor did players' stats count toward the circuit's leaderboard.

  Left-hander Randy Wolf made his third start of the spring, his fourth if you count his March 2 "B" game start against the Brewers.  Left fielder Manny Ramirez was to makes his first game appearance of the spring as the designated hitter after arriving in camp last Thursday but a tight hamstring cancelled the start.

THE RANCH GOES GLOBAL: The game was broadcast live in South Korea on the television station WBCI/X sports.  Game time in Korea was 5:05 a.m. on Friday.  

THE DODGER CONNECTION: There have been 13 South Korea-born players in Major League Baseball, and three have donned a Dodger uniform: Hee-Seop Choi, Chan Ho Park, Jae Weong Seo.  Choi batted .238 (91-for-382) with 20 doubles, 15 homers, and 48 RBI in 164 games from 2004-05.  Seo went 2-4 with a 5.78 ERA (43 ER/67.0 IP) in 19 games (10 starts) in 2006.  Park went 84-58 with a 3.77 ERA (536 ER/1279.0 IP) in nine seasons from 1994-2001 and 2008.   

He returned to the Dodgers in 2008 after six seasons away from the organization, and he went 4-4 with two saves and 3.40 ERA in 54 games (fives) to help the Dodgers to their first National League Championship Series appearance since 1988.  Park won 75 games from 1997-2001, the most of any Dodger pitcher in that five-year span.  His 84 wins as a Dodger overall rank 13th in club history since the team moved to Los Angeles from Brooklyn.  Park signed a one-year deal with the Phillies on January 6.   

MORE DODGER CONNECTIONS: Hall of Fame Manager and Special Advisor to the Chairman Tommy Lasorda hosted clinics and lectures in Korea in 1981.  In 1990, the Dodgers hosted the team presidents for the Korean Baseball Professional League for a baseball workshop and seminar.  On September 9, 1990, the Dodgers became the first Major League team to have a game broadcast in the Korean language in the United States.  In 1994, Chan Ho Park became the first Korean to play in the Major Leagues.  In 1995, the Hanyang University baseball team from Korea visited Dodgertown in Vero Beach during Spring Training.  In 1999, the Dodgers entered into a working agreement with the LG Twins of the Korean Baseball Organization.  The Twins visited and trained at Dodgertown in 2000.   

TOMMY BALL: Hall of Fame Manager and Special Advisor to the Chairman Tommy Lasorda today will throw out the ceremonial pitch prior to the game with Team Korea.  Lasorda is known around the world as baseball's greatest ambassador, a title he officially solidified in 2006 during the inaugural World Baseball Classic.  He again was named an ambassador for the WBC this year.  Tommy has traveled to 22 different countries promoting the game of baseball, including the home country of today's exhibition opponent, South Korea.  Over the past few weeks, he has been traveling the globe to help promote the World Baseball Classic, including stops in Toronto, San Juan, and Miami.  In the 2000 Summer Olympic Games in Sydney, Australia, he managed the underdog Team USA squad to a Gold Medal, a feat he considers among the proudest moments of his career.   

LOOK AT THE ROSTER: The Dodgers reassigned to minor league camp right-handers Travis Chick and Scott Strickland, bringing to 54 the number of players in big league camp.  That total excludes the injured infielder Ivan DeJesus Jr. and includes right-hander Jonathan Broxton and infielder Luis Maza, both of whom are away from camp participating in the WBC.  Among the 54 players are 28 pitchers, including 16 right-handers and 12 left-handers.  Of the 28 pitchers, eight are non-roster invitees.   

CLASS-IC ACT: The Dodgers welcomed back to camp catcher Russell Martin and non-roster outfielder Valentino Pascucci.  Martin played for Team Canada in the World Baseball Classic, and he went 2-for-9 (.222) with a double, homer, RBI, and three runs scored in two games as our neighbors to the north went 0-2 in the double-elimination opening round.   

Pascucci, meanwhile, went 1-for-6 (.167) with three walks in two games for a Team Italy squad that went 1-2 and did not make it out of first-round play.   

Right-hander Jonathan Broxton (Team USA) and non-roster infielder Luis Maza (Team Venezuela) are the only Dodgers still participating in the WBC, however, minor league catcher Kenley Jansen played a key role for Team Netherlands, which upset the Dominican Republic twice.   

A TRUE CLASSIC: The semifinals and final of the second WBC will take place at Dodger Stadium from March 21-23.  Tickets are still available, and can be purchased at  

UPCOMING PITCHING PROBABLES: Friday, March 13 vs. Texas Rangers- RHP Chad Billingsley, LHP Scott Elbert, and RHP James McDonald .