The Chicago White Sox are way past his time now but Tyler Saladino was an interesting player for them for a while before making his way to the KBO.
There are two stories dominating the world of baseball right now. Those two stories are when we are going to have Major League Baseball start up again and the KBO league. The latter is a league in South Korea that has started back up following the coronavirus. It is being broadcasted on ESPN now as of yesterday and everyone is happy to have some form of live baseball back on our televisions. The Chicago White Sox have some flavor in these games.
One player who is currently making a living there is Tyler Saladino. The Chicago White Sox took Saladino in the seventh round of the 2010 MLB Draft and he carved out a pretty nice MLB career with them and the Milwaukee Brewers. Well, now he is a member of the KBO that is at the center stage of the baseball world.
He now plays for the Samsung Lions of the KBO League. He is an infielder for them as he was for the White Sox and Brewers during his MLB career. The White Sox have passed a player like him up in terms of their rebuild but he was a somewhat serviceable player for them during some of the difficult times. The numbers aren’t that great but since the White Sox declared a rebuild, it is good that they had players to eat innings during the dog days of the rebuild.
In parts of four years on the White Sox, he played in 246 games. He slashed .231/.281/.330 which aren’t really good numbers at all. He had 12 home rums and 68 RBIs in those games. He had a career WAR of 2.2 between the Sox and Brewers. His time with the Brewers led to him leaving the MLB to play in the KBO.
It is exciting to have some baseball back but it just isn’t the same. With that said, maybe some White Sox fans can turn to the Lions of the KBO because of the fact that one of our own plays for them now. There are other connections to the White Sox in that league but this one is the most recent.