January 16, 2017 11:05
Infielder Hwang Jae-gyun will give his childhood dream of playing Major League Baseball another try, despite competition among Korean clubs to sign him for next season.
Hwang made clear his intention to seek an MLB contract at a meeting with Lee Yoon-won, general manager of his former club Lotte Giants, in Seoul on Sunday.
After the 2015 season, the Giants agreed to post Hwang for bidding by MLB teams, but he drew no bids.
Undeterred, Hwang went to the U.S. for personal training as soon as last season finished in early October last year. In November, he held a showcase there to demonstrate his hitting skills. The event drew many scouts but most reportedly did not feel Hwang was worth investing in. Nonetheless, some MLB clubs including the San Francisco Giants, Los Angeles Dodgers, Detroit Tigers and Milwaukee Brewers have shown interest.
When it appeared likely that Hwang would stay in Korea, his former clubs Lotte and KT vied to sign him. He mulled the offers but finally decided he wasn't ready to give up on his dream.
"If I give up while some clubs are still interested in me, I'll regret it later," he said. "I'm ready for this challenge and feel confident."
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