Expansion Related News Items

Here are a few stories in the news recently. I might go into more detail on some of these if I have a bit of free time:

  • Several managers around the league have been quoted as wanting the KT Wiz to join the league as soon as possible. The current schedule plans for KT to join the Future's League (minor league) next year, and move up to the top league for the 2015 season. It seems that the managers are not happy with the odd number of teams in the league, and would like KT to skip their year in the minors and join right away. So far, this seems to be just talk from a few managers, and doesn't appear to be any official plans being changed, but it will be interesting to see if anything comes of this. Article (Korean)
  • In other KT news, the Wiz have begun their search for a manager, and it appears that their list of candidates includes non-Koreans. The KBO has not seen a foreign manager since the departure of Jerry Royster, former Lotte Giants manager, after the 2010 season. KT wants to find the best person for the job, and appears to see MLB experience as an advantage. No specific names have been mentioned yet. We'll have to wait and see what happens on this one. Article (Korean)
  • The KBO will file a lawsuit against the city of Changwon over the situation involving the construction of a new stadium for the NC Dinos. Part of the expansion plans included an agreement with the city to build a new stadium, and in the league's view, those promises haven't been kept. Article (English)