[LETTERS TO THE EDITOR]Ballplaying is in some ways equalI read over the Internet Kevin O’Brien’s letter to the editor (June 28) concerning the quality of Korean baseball.
I think everyone who watches baseball agrees there is a gap of quality between Korean baseball and the American major leagues. I also want to point out the fact that this does not mean a Korean ballplayer, like Lee Seung-yub, is bound to fail when he plays in America. Nor does it mean that one’s record in a lesser league provides no basis at all for comparison with a major league record.
Ichiro Suzuki of the Seattle Mariners is a good example. Can anyone say that his track record in Japan was useless in predicting how he would do in the United States? In the article, the fact was pointed out that Korean ballparks are smaller and the quality of pitching is low. If U.S. soccer player Landon Donovan broke a record on the pitch, would a favorable comparison to superior European players by the U.S. media be called dishonest. To call it a dishonest aspect of Korean journalism is a very far-fetched argument.
by Hwang Sae-jin