He will be all right. I am seeying some improvements from him, trying to get adjusted and comprehend as much as he can, with koreans here at Pirate City. He is even trying to eat with chop sticks.
He is not get along with everyone type, but he will be fine. And he will get what he wants after Korea. Because he will get tremendous experience with tough Korean baseball tactics and styles.
Best of luck to him, but all MLB clubs passed on him, not just Reds.
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Yoou tube highlights of his game
Ben Jukich with the LG Twins threw 9 innings of 0 run baseball against the Nexen Heroes, tallied 9 strike outs, 3 walks, and only gave up 1 hit. Threw 96 pitches--60 for strikes
YouTube - Ben Jukich's 1 hit, complete-game shut-out highlights 5/16/2011
Last edited by roborobj; 05-16-2011 at 02:35 PM.
Balentien is doing well too.
They call him Coco.YOKOHAMA — Wladimir Balentien homered three times and drove in five runs, leading the Tokyo Yakult Swallows to a 6-4 win over the Yokohama BayStars on Friday.
The former Cincinnati Reds outfielder increased his Japanese baseball-leading home run total to 12 and finished the night 3-for-4 at Yokohama Stadium.
http://search.japantimes.co.jp/cgi-b...0110514j1.htmlThe Continuing Exploits of Coco Balentien: It seems that the windy bandbox of Yokohama Stadium combined with the BayStars’ subpar pitching was enough to jolt Balentien’s stats even higher. Over the 3 game series Balentien went 8-for-11 with 4 HRs, 7 RBIs, 5 Rs, 1 BB, and 0 Ks. Looking at the Triple Crown stats. Balentien leads the league in BA (.386) and HRs (13), and he is 1 RBI behind league leaders Sledge and Ramirez who both have 21 RBIs. Balentien is in the top 5 in almost every meaningful offensive category including an absolutely unreal SLG of .916. His 13 HRs in 25 games still keeps him on pace to shatter the NPB homerun of 55 currently held by Alex Cabrerra and Tuffy Rhodes. But of course, past performance is not always a indicator of future returns and Balentien doesn’t get to hit against the BayStars in Yokohama every game, so we’ll hold off on handing the young slugger the Triple Crown just yet. One interesting stat I’ll throw out there is that Balentien’s BA w/ RISP is a pedestrian .267. Not that I put too much stock in this stat, but it may be an indication that Balentien is forcing himself and swinging at bad pitches with runners on base.