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LA Dodger's Ryu Hyun-jin becomes the first Korean pitcher to start an MLB All-Star game

Ryu Hyun-jin of the Los Angeles Dodgers on June 9 became the first Korean pitcher to start the Major League Baseball (MLB) All-Star Game, throwing one scoreless inning in his historic appearance.

At Progressive Field in Cleveland, Ryu, 32, took the mound for the National League in the first inning and faced George Springer of the Houston Astros first. Springer hit a single up the middle but Ryu retired the next three batters on soft grounders.

Ryu is also the second Asian to throw the first pitch in an All-Star Game after Japan's Nomo Hideo in 1995. In a news conference the day before the game, the Korean pitcher said, "It's a great honor for me to start the All-Star Game not only for myself but for my family."

Dodgers manager Dave Roberts, who coached the National League in the game, said starting Ryu was a "no-brainer" and called him "the epitome of consistency."

In 17 games during the season's first half, Ryu had a won-loss record of 10-2 with a 1.73 ERA.

source: Dodgers & korea.net
daynr 11th-Jul-2019 12:38 am (UTC)
One of the reasons I enjoyed my first trip to Korea was because they had the good taste to show loads of Dodgers games (often starring Mr. Ryu). Regardless, well done Dodgers and Ryu! (consistently trying to break barriers and improve, go Dodgers.)

*snicker* even if it was not his best start ever ...
keytfelt 11th-Jul-2019 03:38 am (UTC)
He's been annoyingly good this year, glad my team only has to play two series against the Dodgers a year. If Dave Rogers didn't decide that all his Dodger pitchers had to pitch in the first innings, maybe the NL would have actually won this year 🙃
daynr 11th-Jul-2019 04:33 pm (UTC)

I will say that Dave Roberts + pitching decisions = shitshow.

Edited at 2019-07-11 04:33 pm (UTC)
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