In a world where sports fans are starved of live action, sports channel ESPN is in negotiations for broadcasting rights.
That could give players like the Kiwoom Heroes’ pitcher Jake Brigham a chance to shine.
“I’m 32 years old,” he told AFP. “I definitely have more baseball behind me than in front of me but to get that exposure would be nice.”
After a decade in the minors, Brigham was finally called up by the Atlanta Braves in 2015, but pitched only 16.2 innings, with an abysmal earned run average of 8.64.
He sought refuge in Japan before being scouted by his Seoul-based team and has spent three seasons as their starting pitcher, racking up 34 wins and becoming their biggest foreign star — his 2020 contract is worth nearly a million dollars.
He never really had an opportunity to “stick year after year” in a big league, he said, but the KBO had proved a “great” opportunity.
With US coronavirus cases approaching one million and the entire MLB season under threat, former teammates were “jealous” of his chance to play, he added.
“The thought of having no baseball season back home is hard to even comprehend… but that’s the situation we are in right now.”