Between the posting fee and contract, the Dodgers spent more than $60 million to acquire left-hander Hyun-Jin Ryu from the Hanwha Eagles of the Korea Baseball Organization this winter. Despite the hefty sum, Ryu didn't get any respect from Fox Sports on Friday.
The 25-year-old Ryu has never pitched in Major League Baseball, and he certainly doesn't own a career 7.49 ERA. He spent the last few years dominating the KBO and winning Olympic gold in 2008.
Those stats in the graphic belong to Jae-Kuk Ryu, who did indeed pitch with the Cubs and Rays from 2006-08. He does own that 7.49 ERA in those 39 2/3 innings like the graphic says, but he is a right-hander. At least they're both from South Korea, I guess.
Ryu, the Jae-Kuk version, is not on the South Korea World Baseball Classic roster and appears to have been out of baseball for a few years now. You might remember him for knocking an osprey from its perch back in 2003 -- the bird died six days later -- when he was a minor-leaguer. Ospreys are protected in Florida and he was fined for the incident, plus the Cubs disciplined him as well.
Ryu, the Hyun-Jin version, is a pretty cool guy as far as we know. Eventually television broadcasts will get his stats correct; it's also spring training for Fox Sports, you know.
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