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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

LA Dodgers Sign a Korean, The Second Ever in Baseball

LOS ANGELES -- In a news conference attended by Korean community leaders, the Los Angeles Dodgers announced the signing of the pitcher Park Chan Ho, the first Korean to sign with a major league club in 15 years and the second in baseball history.

Dodger owner Peter O'Malley, long a supporter of international baseball, was elated at the positive impact the signing brings to the local Korean community, but the price he paid for Park indicates this was not merely a goodwill gesture.

Park, 20, a right-hander whose fastball has been clocked at 99 miles per hour, will receive a signing bonus of $1.2 million. He signed a minor-league contract, but will attend major league spring training camp.

"He is definitely a major league prospect, although the timing is uncertain," O'Malley said Tuesday. "He could start next season anywhere from double A to triple A to the majors."

If Park makes it, he will be the first Korean to play in the majors. Park Chul Soon signed with the Milwaukee Brewers in 1979, but made it only to double A.