Scandal-Ridden Lim Chang-yong Signs with Kia Tigers

      March 29, 2016 11:13

      Lim Chang-yong pitches at a baseball game between Samsung Lions and LG Twins at Jamsil Stadium in Seoul on May 30, 2015.

      Lim Chang-yong, who was released by the Samsung Lions in November last year amidst investigations into his gambling charges, signed with his hometown team, the Kia Tigers.

      Kia said Monday that they agreed to a one-year, W300 million deal with Lim to give him a chance to redeem himself (US$1=W1,167).

      Lim, who had been training privately in Guam, arrived in Korea on Monday evening. "I asked Kia several times to sign me. I want to ask for forgiveness from the fans by devoting myself to baseball," he said.

      He expressed his intention to donate the entire salary.

      Lim began his professional career with the Haitai Tigers, which have now become the Kia Tigers, in 1995. Lim was traded to Samsung in 1998 as Haitai were struggling financially at the time.

      The Korea Baseball Organization suspended Lim from playing in the KBO league for half a season in January after he was fined for gambling overseas illegally. Therefore, Lim will be able to play the last 72 games of this season, which kicks off on Friday. 

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