Hall of famer George Brett, the famed former third baseman of the Kansas City Royals, will throw out the first pitch in Korea this weekend.
The NC Dinos of the Korean Baseball Organization have invited the Hall of Famer to thrown out the first pitch on Sunday before their season opener against the Lotte Giants at Masan Stadium in Changwon, about 400 kilometers southeast of Seoul.
Brett saw the club for the first time during their spring training camp at the Epicenter, home of the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes. Brett was the owner of the Quakes until 2016 when he sold the club. The Quakes are the A-Advanced affiliate of the Los Angeles Dodgers in the California League. The club won the 2015 CL championship.
Brett is in South Korea to deal with personal business.
George Brett is a career .305 hitter with 317 dingers, 1,595 RBI, 201 steals and 3,154 hits. In 1980 he earned the AL MVP award and was a Gold Glove winner in 1985 at the position of third base. He was an All-Star for thirteen straight times, starting in 1976.
Brett was voted into the Hall of Fame in 1999 with 98.2 percent of the votes.
Currently, Brett is vice president of baseball operations for the Kansas City Royals.
The Dinos said Brett came to know the club through offseason training. This year, the Dinos set up their camp at the home park of the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes, the Single-A affiliate of the Los Angeles Dodgers, and Brett had owned the club until last year.
The NC Dinos are one of the youngest teams in the KBO as they were founded in 2011. First they were part of the Korea Baseball Futures League and in 2013 the club entered the KBO.
Except for the first season, in which the team finished in the seventh spot of the ten team league, the club is very competitive as it finished third in 2014 and 2015. In 2016 the club lost 4-0 to the Doosan Bears in the championship series.