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Luke Scott signs with Korean team

Dec 18, 2013, 10:14 PM EDT

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Chris Cotillo of MLB Daily Dish reports that free agent Luke Scott has agreed to a contract with the SK Wyverns of the Korean Baseball Organization.

The financial details have not been disclosed, but it’s probably safe to assume that the deal comes with a hefty salary given that the KBO doesn’t often attract legitimate major league players and Scott had been drawing at least some amount of interest state-side.

Scott, a popular subject on this particular baseball blog, batted .241/.326/.415 with nine home runs and 40 RBI in 91 games this past season for the Rays.

The 35-year-old central Florida native is a .258/.340/.481 career hitter in Major League Baseball.

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UPDATE, 10:20 p.m. ET: According to Yonhap News Agency, it’s a one-year contract worth $250,000 with a signing bonus of $50,000. That’s over $200,000 less than the major league minimum.

  1. kcroyal - Dec 18, 2013 at 10:17 PM

    One less ignorant birther hanging around spewing hate. Sounds great.

  2. plmathfoto - Dec 18, 2013 at 10:22 PM

    Wonder how all the crazy stuff that comes out of his mouth will translate into Korean

    • Tim OShenko - Dec 18, 2013 at 10:35 PM

      If nothing else, I suspect his anti-Commie sentiments will be warmly received.

      • djpostl - Dec 18, 2013 at 11:46 PM

        Well, the world is now one badly translated Luke Scott statement away from starting WWIII right in the DMZ.

      • karlkolchak - Dec 19, 2013 at 8:23 AM

        I dunno, he better look over his shoulder in case Kim the Younger sends one of his agents to kidnap him.

  3. nymets4ever - Dec 18, 2013 at 10:30 PM

    Probably the best news of the offseason…good riddance to this Tea Party scumbag !

    • Old Gator - Dec 18, 2013 at 10:32 PM

      Ah look – we found something to agree about.

  4. yahmule - Dec 18, 2013 at 10:32 PM

    “Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one’s lifetime.”

    M. Twain ~

    • missingdiz - Dec 18, 2013 at 11:24 PM

      Bravo, yahmule!

    • paperlions - Dec 19, 2013 at 9:02 AM

      That is actually the first thing that occurred to me….not that quote, but that Scott seeing a different culture will give him the opportunity to grow as a person. In fact, I think it says something positive about Scott that he is willing to go there to play baseball. He doesn’t need the money. Just being open to the idea is a good thing.

      • indaburg - Dec 19, 2013 at 10:20 AM

        Well, he has spent a lot of time in Latin America and professes a great respect for the culture (even says he feels like he has more in common with the poor Latino players than the rich white boys since he grew up poor), so he has been exposed to other cultures. He’s fluent in Spanish. I was stunned the first time I heard him break out the Spanish. It was perfect. Typical redneck assholes don’t bother learning my native language. He’s insane and he’s ignorant, but there’s more to the man. I completely disagree with all his political opinions, but I don’t believe he’s a hopeless case.

      • paperlions - Dec 19, 2013 at 10:23 AM

        Good info indy. When I first saw this post I though, “well, that is unexpected. Typically ignorant jackwagons would most certainly not make this move. Especially when there is still time to get at least a minor league deal.”

        As you said, he may just be insane and not hopeless at all.

  5. sandrafluke2012 - Dec 18, 2013 at 10:41 PM

    Yep. Luke is so bad. Meanwhile, President Kardashian gives an interview with Al SHARPTON. SHarpton of Duke Lacrosse, Tawana, Freddy’s Fashion, Heights.

    • lukescottsbedsidemanner - Dec 18, 2013 at 11:05 PM

      Yeah! He should be keeping an eye on his daughters instead of messin’ around with AI(sic) SHARPTON! Why Kourtney, Kim, and Khloé are running AMOK! Last i saw, Kim was “doing things” with that rapper guy, Keener West.

  6. lukescottsbedsidemanner - Dec 18, 2013 at 10:42 PM

    Uh…does anyone know how you say “I need to buy some rohypnol” in Korean? Also, “Here’s a soda-pop, miss”? And do they like pig meat in Korea and where’s the best place to hunt a pig? Also, where can I get a suitcase big enough for my pig spears? And do they have electricity there?

  7. kcroyal - Dec 18, 2013 at 11:00 PM

    How many Tea Party Patriots does it take to change a lightbulb?

    None, they would rather sit around in the dark and blame Obama.

    • historiophiliac - Dec 19, 2013 at 12:51 PM

      America, love it or leave it.

  8. eagles512 - Dec 18, 2013 at 11:23 PM

    Ha-someone talking about people sitting around blaming Obama. You mean like he does with Bush? Was all for giving Obama a chance but he has proven he’s in way over his head. It’s been a disaster.

    • kcroyal - Dec 18, 2013 at 11:31 PM

      The republican house have been a disaster. We are creating jobs and the economy have been steadily progressing. It wouldn’t matter is Bill Clinton was president right now, the GOP have been historical cocksuckers. I’m a liberal, and ill admit Obama hasn’t fulfilled his promises, but republicans have been absolutely ridiculous.

    • Glenn - Dec 18, 2013 at 11:41 PM

      How’s the stock market doing? How are the wealthy doing? How are corporate profits? I’m pretty sure that things are better for everyone since The Shrub left office. It’s a shame that Republicans are blocking every effort to share any prosperity with the middle class on down. No society prospers for long when the majority stagnates or suffers.

      • sandrafluke2012 - Dec 19, 2013 at 1:19 PM

        Lol. Ignorance of Economics thinking that those 3 things represent America doing well. Only true Partisans thinks Bush and Obama are any different.

      • hittfamily - Dec 19, 2013 at 1:47 PM

        do We just Pick anD choose what letters are Capitalized while We call otherS Ignorant?

      • jwbiii - Dec 19, 2013 at 4:04 PM

        Well, Sandra, some people think that ending pointless wars is better than starting them. Then there are people who either aren’t particularly good at thinking or think that stepping on IEDs is a good career choice.

  9. thebadguyswon - Dec 18, 2013 at 11:32 PM

    Good idea bringing up an irrelevant post about Luke Scott, HBT! Not a chance it would bring out the political nuts.

  10. doctorofsmuganomics - Dec 18, 2013 at 11:49 PM

    Let this be a lesson, patients: Never trust someone with two first names

  11. connormyboy - Dec 19, 2013 at 3:00 AM

    Glad he signed with them because that’s the kind of deal the Rays would of jumped on.

  12. baseballisboring - Dec 19, 2013 at 3:00 AM

    I’m very surprised he couldn’t even find a major league contract for the minimum. Unless he just REALLY wants to play in Korea, lol.

  13. pastabelly - Dec 19, 2013 at 5:04 AM

    He hates Red Sox fans so much that he’d rather leave the country then see them happy.

    • nbjays - Dec 19, 2013 at 6:21 AM

      Not realizing that in doing so, he is making them (and all other baseball fans) EVEN MORE happy.

  14. RoyHobbs39 - Dec 19, 2013 at 7:39 AM

    I am not a fan of his, and I understand a team wants a stronger line out of a DH. But I figured someone would grab him at the league minimum? And isn’t the KBO a step below the Japanese leagues? (In pay and in quality) Is he really that bad?

    • karlkolchak - Dec 19, 2013 at 8:28 AM

      Given his strident attitude, he probably isn’t someone you want hanging around your team’s clubhouse as a marginally productive part timer. At some point he’d get very tiresome to be around even if you agree with him. At least his new teammmates probably won’t be able to understand much of what he says.

  15. walterwhite1976 - Dec 19, 2013 at 10:22 AM

    Can’t stand this A-Hole. See ya later.

  16. eagles512 - Dec 19, 2013 at 12:00 PM

    Unbelievable there are still people defending Obama. Scary actually.

    • thebadguyswon - Dec 19, 2013 at 1:10 PM

      Some people – on both sides – are so entrenched in one party that they’d support Satan if he were in their political party.

      • realgone2 - Dec 19, 2013 at 1:50 PM

        Good point. Both sides are the problem. Until we move away from this archaic 2 party system we’re just going to get more of the same.

      • Old Gator - Dec 19, 2013 at 9:12 PM

        Agreed. let’s have one of those fragmented parliamentary systems where some minority group can break from a coalition and paralyze the govern….uh….

  17. hittfamily - Dec 19, 2013 at 1:55 PM

    Perhaps Luke will get a first hand look at what actual totalitarianism has done to their brothers to the north, and he will stop throwing the word around casually every time there is a law ratified by congress that he happens to disagree with.

  18. straightouttavtown - Dec 19, 2013 at 2:25 PM

    Luke Scott is who I am proud to call a fellow American. It seems obvious he’s getting blacklisted for his belief and exercising his right of free speech just like Phil Robertson. Liberalism is a disease that does not tolerate dissents.

    • yankeefan1950 - Dec 19, 2013 at 3:12 PM

      What a totally idiotic statement.

      • Old Gator - Dec 19, 2013 at 9:15 PM

        No, it isn’t totally idiotic. That word “totally” implies that it adds up to something having mass and extension, if only virtual. It is a flat out idiotic statement that just lays there mired in a single dimension.

  19. doctorofsmuganomics - Dec 18, 2013 at 11:47 PM

    Mazel tov.

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