Asian Games 2014: female Wushu gold won by Duong Thuy Vi

Wushu athlete Duong Thuy Vi won the first gold medal for Vietnam on September 21 in the 17th Asian Games (ASIAD) currently being held in the Republic of Korea.

The 22-year-old triumphed in the women’s jianshu and qiangshu all-round event of wushu, topping the podium with 19.41 points.

Li Yi of Macau came second with 19.39 points, followed by Seo Hee-ju of South Korea with 19.24.

Vi performed outstandingly at jianshu (swordsmanship). She easily took the lead with 9.7 points.

In the second event, qiangshu (spear), she suffered a little heavier pressure from Li who ranked second after the first event, just 0.02 points less than the Hanoian girl.

Li was also a former world silver medallist.

It was a good day for the Vietnamese girl who last December won two golds at the Southeast Asian Games in Myanmar.

Her performance received 9.7 points and she continued to temporally stay on top of the ranking.

Li, having the advantage of competing after Vi, could not do it better. She also scored the same result as Vi and was happy with second place.

Vi will be the first athlete to win a bonus of VND120 million (US$5,700) from the Government and sponsors for her gold in Incheon.

In the men’s daoshu (broadsword) and qiangshu all-round, Nguyen Manh Quyen grabbed a bronze medal with 19.33 points.

Chinese Sun Peiyuan took a gold (19.54) and Lee Yong-Hyun of the host (19.36) earned a silver.

In other news, the Vietnamese shooting team made disappointing show yesterday, failing to take any medals in the men’s 10m air pistol.

Viet Nam had three marksmen competing. However world record holder Hoang Xuan Vinh, one of Viet Nam’s golden hopes, performed poorly, coming seventh from a field of eight. His less-known teammate Tran Quoc Cuong was sixth.

Vinh scored only 98.4 points, much lower than the record of 202.8 that he set in the US in March.

In sepak takraw, Viet Nam lost 19-21, 16-21 to Laos in the semi-final match of the women’s doubles and took a bronze.

Earlier, fencers Vu Thanh An and Nguyen Xuan Loi, both were stopped at the last-16 round of the men’s individual sabre event.

Male gymnasts also failed to win medals. They ranked fifth in the team all-round event.

Swimmer Hoang Quy Phuoc earned a place in the men’s 200m freestyle, but could not make top three.

In rowing, Le Thi An, Pham Thi Hue, Pham Thi Thao and Pham Thi Hai entered tomorrow’s final of the women’s quadruple skulls event after qualifying in top position.

In the first day of competition on Saturday, Vietnamese marksmen brought home one silver medal and a bronze.

ASIAD debutant Nguyen Hoang Phuong took the first silver in the men’s individual 50m pistol event.

Phuong and teammates previously combined to win a bronze in the team event.

Weightlifter Thach Kim Tuan failed to make a gold in the men’s 56kg category as expected, but he set a games record in the snatch event with a lift of 134kg, 1kg better than Wu Jangbiao of China four years ago.

Tuan faced a strong rival from North Korea, Om Yun-choi, who performed outstandingly, setting a new Asian and world record with a total lift of 298kg.

Tuan was second with a lift of 294kg, which becomes his personal best. Wu was at third on 288kg.

After two days of competitions, Viet Nam secured one gold, two silver and four bronze medals.

via First ASIAD-17 gold won by female Wushu athlete – News VietNamNet.

YutaWatanabe standing out in summer league

Yuta Watanabe, George Washington – Getting a first glimpse of incoming freshmen is a true highlight and benefit of Kenner League action, at least for those tasked with covering  college basketball. This past Saturday was my first chance to watch the Japanese native in person. The 6-foot-8 forward made quite an impression. What’s quite apparent is that Watanabe has a tremendous feel for the game, both as a scorer and passer. The lefty-shooter showed decent range with a step-back corner jumper. He even stood out on a miss. Watanabe missed a layup in traffic, but was the quickest off the bounce and jammed in the putback. We’re not talking about a power player at this point – yes, rather thin – but we are looking at someone who should be able to contribute immediately in GW’s rotation this season. On the same Kenner League team A. Wash Associates with fellow incoming freshman Anthony Swan and the Georgetown duo of D’Vauntes Smith-Rivera and Trey Mourning, Watanabe is scheduled to play Saturday at 4:45 p.m. and Sunday at 8 p.m.

via Kenner League preview: Copeland, Watanabe standing out | Comcast SportsNet Washington.

Kazakh volleyball player Sabina Altynbekova so attractive nobody watches the sport anymore

A Kazakh volleyball player is facing a tough time from her team-mates because her mesmerising good looks are distracting fans from the game.

Sabina Altynbekova was just another 18-year-old girl before she turned up in the Taiwanese capital Taipei to compete for Kazakhstan in the Asian Under-19 Championships.

Now local media that would normally only write a couple of lines about the competition are devoting 10 page picture features about her and artists are turning out anime fantasies about her.

Beautiful: Sabina Altynbekova warms up for a volleyball match. Thousands of fans have begun following the 18-year-old since she turned up as part of Kazakhstan’s Under-19 volleyball team for the Asian Championships

Social media pictures of Miss Altynbekova: Every picture of the teenager is attracting thousands of online comments from fans, mostly young men from China, Korea, Taiwan, Japan and other South East Asian nations

Another social media picture of Miss Altynbekova, blowing a kiss to the camera: She has said that she’s flattered by the attention but she asked fans to stop setting up social media pages in her honour

Pretty teen Sabina Altynbekova playing volleyball for Kazakhstan

But her sudden move to centre stage has left members of her own team slightly miffed, and now media in her homeland have slammed the obsession with her.
‘Fans just stare at her and they are not following the championship any more,’ reported Vesti, a respected Kazakh daily paper.

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Even her coach on Kazakhstan’s Under-19 national team has complained about it. Nurlan Sadikov told Tengrin News: ‘It is impossible to work like this.
‘The crowd behaves like there is only one player at the championship.’
Obsession: An anime-style picture of Miss Altynbekova made by one of her millions of fans

Kazakh volleyball player Sabina Altynbekova so attractive nobody watches the sport anymore | Daily Mail Online

Obsession: An anime-style picture of Miss Altynbekova made by one of her millions of fans
Their complaints have had absolutely no effect on South East Asia’s obsession with Miss Altynbekova.
Every photo of her attracts huge numbers of comments and Facebook pages claiming to represent her are attracting tens of thousands followers, mostly from China, Vietnam, Taiwan, Japan, South Korea, Malaysia and the Philippines.


I was flattered at first but it’s all getting a little bit much…
She has said she is very flattered by the attention, but she appealed for fans to stop setting up social media pages in her honour and instead focus on the volleyball..
‘I was flattered at first but it’s all getting a little bit much,’ she said. ‘I want to concentrate on playing volleyball and to be famous for that, not anything else.’

 

via Kazakh volleyball player Sabina Altynbekova so attractive nobody watches the sport anymore | Daily Mail Online.

Chris Tang is now at UC Riverside

 

 UCR basketball coach Dennis Cutts, center, stands with his four international recruits, from left, Cheick Thiero, Mali, Chris Tang, China, Robert Boezeman, Netherlands, and Alexander Larsson, Sweden, on Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014.
DAVID BAUMAN, DAVID BAUMAN, STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER

Chris Tang is one of China’s brightest young players and potentially an Olympian. Some Internet pundits have already compared him to Jeremy Lin.

Robert Boezeman’s family in the Netherlands is heavily involved in the sport of basketball, but after watching NBA and college games on television, he knew he wanted to play in the U.S.

It’s an interesting mix of story lines and backgrounds, but it’s not a coincidence that this collection of players found its way to UC Riverside.

The group is the first of what Highlanders coach Dennis Cutts hopes is the program’s new globetrotting approach to successful recruiting.

After floundering for more than a decade in the Big West and typically failing to woo top local players, UCR is now focused on recruiting internationally. It’s not a new strategy – several programs scan teams in Europe or club teams with international ties for potential players – but it is new philosophy for UCR.

“We felt we had to find a unique way to attract talent,” Cutts said. “One of the things when I got (the job) was that we were going to explore that.”

Assistant coach Stephen Sauers has spearheaded the international search. His coaching connections have proven invaluable, Cutts said, including what has become a pipeline of sorts with the Canarias Basketball Academy in the Canary Islands off Spain.

The academy, according to its Web site, strives to develop the best basketball players in the world, at all levels.

Both Boezeman and Tang played at the CBA.

“My dream since I was 12 years old was to play college Division I,” said Boezeman, who played in the European championships with the Netherlands Under-16 and Under-18 national teams before going to the CBA. The 6-foot-7 forward signed last fall to come to UCR after being heavily recruited by Sauers.

Tang signed in the spring. The 6-4 combo guard from Jiangsu, China, had already made a name for himself in the U.S. after earning all-state honors as a freshman and sophomore at Hampton Roads Academy in Virginia and then playing at the prestigious Oak Hill Academy.

He averaged nearly 16 points per game for the CBA U-18 team, which reached Spain’s 2014 National Youth Championships, and proved a top 3-point threat, hitting 44 percent of his shots. Cutts said ACC and Big East schools had shown an interest in Tang.

The pressure to perform is nothing new for Tang, who has developed a following in China, but wasn’t sure what to make of the Lin comparisons. “I wish they would call me Dwyane Wade,” Tang told Grantland in a 2012 story. “I want to play like Wade. An athletic guard who gets to the rim.”

On a UC Riverside campus that is 35 percent Asian or Asian-American, Tang said he’s hoping to draw some attention for the team and students.

“It will be exciting to play in front of the Asian community,” he said. “They will be supporting me.”

via BASKETBALL: UCR going Globetrotting – Press Enterprise.

Anaheim Ducks invite Brandon Yip to training camp for tryout

The Anaheim Ducks released their 2014 training camp roster on Wednesday, revealing two tryout invites: forward Brandon Yip (pictured) and defenseman Brendan Bell.

Yip, 29, only managed to play two games with the then-Phoenix Coyotes last season. He spent most of his time with the AHL’s Portland Pirates, collecting 87 penalty minutes while generating 34 points in 66 games.

One could probably label Yip an “energy” forward, as he’s not a great scorer and his possession stats leave plenty to be desired. Still, he’s done quite well considering the fact that he was an eight-round pick (239th overall by the Colorado Avalanche in 2004).

via Ducks invite Yip to training camp for tryout | ProHockeyTalk.

For New England Revolution playmaker Lee Nguyen, a rugged road to MLS stardom

 

Lee Nguyen could do almost anything he wanted on the field in Vietnam. But getting to the bus after the game was another story.

The scene looks something like this: He exits the locker room following a game in the Vietnamese Super League, and bedlam ensues. He can’t go around the wall of fans assembled there to adore him, he has to go right through it.

The Vietnamese David Beckham, trying to find his place in the world and, more importantly, his way through the crowd.

“People were surrounding me, trying to pull off my shirt,” Nguyen recalls. “My shin guards got stolen, one of the kids took my boot bag, and I was just trying to get to the bus at that point. I think it took about six or seven minutes, but the security guard was able to finally get to me, put his arm around me and kind of work us through the crowd.”

It doesn’t exactly work like that anymore. Although he’s a star on the field with the New England Revolution, Nguyen isn’t on magazine covers or befriending pop starlets, or being mobbed by an adoring public. When he left Vietnam in December 2011 for a career in Major League Soccer, he left behind a hefty paycheck and a celebrity lifestyle to jumpstart his career and find a place on the radar of United States national team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann.

Less rabid crowds. Calmer. Clearer. The MLS postseason, maybe MLS Cup, then the US team.

Straight on, through the clutter.

It wasn’t always as easy as it is now for Nguyen, who’s been one of the best players in MLS in 2014. When he entered the league in December 2011, he initially hoped to land with his hometown club FC Dallas – where he’d occasionally trained during his offseasons – but was instead allocated to the Vancouver Whitecaps via weighted lottery.

Things didn’t go well, and former Whitecaps head coach Martin Rennie cut Nguyen a week before the 2012 opener in the lobby of an Orlando hotel.

Lee Nguyen leads all midfielders in MLS with 13 goals this season heading into the New England Revolution’s match against the Columbus Crew on Saturday. (USA Today Sports)

“I came back to [MLS] to play, to prove myself,” Nguyen said. “But I knew on that team, with [Rennie], I wasn’t one of the favorites. I knew I was going to have a slim chance of playing there that season, so I was hoping that they were going to let me go and another team would pick me up. Then, after the Disney tournament, Martin brought me into the lobby of the hotel and said we’re going to waive you.”

The move was a blessing for Nguyen, who was quickly snatched by the Revs while on a plane from Florida to Vancouver, where he’d flown to pack his things. The affable playmaker didn’t take long to settle in with New England, scoring five goals and adding two assists in 30 league games in 2012 and tallying four goals and seven assists to help the club qualify for the playoffs in 2013.

He’s been nothing short of spectacular in 2014, leading all MLS midfielders with 13 goals and notching four assists in 26 regular season appearances. Heading into this weekend, he has five goals and one assist in the Revs’ five-game winning streak, a run that’s vaulted New England up the Eastern Conference table and turned Nguyen into a legitimate MVP contender.

“He’s been tremendous,” says Nguyen’s Revs teammate and longtime friend Charlie Davies. “If you were able to watch games where we’re playing against Kansas City and he’s playing against Graham Zusi or we’re playing Toronto and he’s playing against Michael Bradley, he’s the guy that shines in these big games. He’s the guy that’s outplaying these national team players.”

Not that you’d know it. Up until his recent run, Nguyen hadn’t received much love nationally, flying under the radar as players like BradleyZusiClint Dempsey and Landon Donovandominated headlines.

“I think he’s definitely considered underrated in our league,” says New York Red Bulls midfielderDax McCarty, another longtime Nguyen friend. “If he’s playing in Seattle, LA or New York, I think he’s certainly a guy that would’ve been an All-Star this year.”

Of course, when you’ve been as far removed from American soccer’s consciousness as Nguyen has, it takes more than six strong months to strike a nerve.

The 27-year-old was once tabbed as U.S. Soccer’s next big thing, pegged in 2005 for USMNT stardom after he took home the Gatorade National High School Player of the Year Award, turned heads at the FIFA Youth Championships, led the U.S. U-19’s to the prestigious Milk Cup title and starred as a freshman at Indiana.

Nguyen’s breakout year attracted plenty of professional interest, netting him contract offers from MLS, Dutch powerhouse PSV Eindhoven and several other European clubs. He chose PSV, heading to Holland in February 2006. The move only increased the hype, and American fans started to salivate.

 A few years at PSV under noted talent developer Guus Hiddink and Nguyen would surely become the talented, technical No. 10 that the USMNT hasn’t seen since Tab Ramos’ mid-90’s heyday, right?

Not quite. Nguyen never got off the ground at PSV, leaving the club in January 2008 at age 21. In two years at the club he played under four different managers and made just two first-team appearances.

“I had fun at PSV, I loved it,” Nguyen says. “But I needed to get first-team football and I wasn’t going to get it there. The guys on the team would always tell me, ‘Man, you should be playing.’ That was great to hear from your teammates, but at the end of the day it’s the coach’s decision, and I wasn’t hearing that from the coach.”

So off Nguyen went on a four-year, transcontinental soccer odyssey. His first stop was Denmark, where he signed with Superliga side Randers FC. Nguyen fared well enough there, appearing in 22 games in one year at the club.

In two years with famed Dutch club PSV Eindhoven, Nguyen played under four different managers and made just two first-team appearances. ““I had fun at PSV, I loved it,” he says. “But I needed to get first-team football and I wasn’t going to get it there.  (Getty Images)

But he wasn’t getting the US call-ups he craved. Nguyen appeared for the US under head coach Bob Bradley three times in 2007 – once in a friendly against China and twice when the Americans were outmatched during the Copa America in Venezuela – but the interest waned. Knowing Bradley was unlikely to call him back anytime soon, Nguyen, feeling slightly disillusioned after three years of European frustrations, was ripe for a change of scenery.

Enter Hoang Anh Gia Lai FC. Based in the central Vietnamese city of Pleiku, Hoang Anh Gia Lai initially courted Nguyen through his Vietnamese father, presenting the elder Nguyen in January 2009 with a contract offer to pass along to his son.

At first Nguyen shook it off, maintaining that he wanted to remain in Europe. But Hoang Anh Gia Lai was persistent, insisting that Nguyen visit the club during the Danish league’s winter break. He eventually relented, flying with his dad to Vietnam, where Hoang Anh Gia Lai pitched him their vision.

The main selling point? A lucrative contract that Nguyen had no shot of finding anywhere else.

“The deal they had lined up for me was a crazy one, and it was kind of hard to say no to,” he says. “It was a lot of money at the time for me. It was one of those things where it was like, do you go this route, knowing that if you do it’s going to be hard to come back?”

Nguyen signed the contract. But by taking the money and going to Vietnam, he had knowingly entered a virtual soccer black hole. He’d taken himself completely off the grid at the age of 23, essentially removing any possibility – however remote – of getting called to the national team.

“I had a couple [USMNT] appearances before my Denmark stint, but whatever reason it didn’t pan out and I wasn’t getting called in after,” Nguyen says. “So I was like, ‘Alright, I guess I’m not going to be in the national team picture with Bob Bradley.’ And I felt that if I wasn’t in his pool or that the interest wasn’t there, I might as well go to Vietnam, make money and save up for my future.”

Nguyen played just one season at Hoang Anh Gia Lai, racking up 12 goals and 16 assists before leaving the club in March 2010 following a disagreement with his coach. He attempted to engineer a move to MLS, but, after rejecting a minimum contract offer from the league, decided to stay in Vietnam, signing with Ho Chi Minh City-based Becamex Binh Duong FC.

Injuries limited Nguyen’s impact at Binh Duong, but, despite his lack of on-field opportunities, he found himself re-energized by the August 2011 hiring of Klinsmann as US manager.

He recognized that Klinsmann wanted to implement a technical style that aligned well with his skills. Desperate to put himself back on the national team radar, Nguyen – who had just received his Vietnamese citizenship and a new, rich contract offer – knew the time had come to head to MLS, regardless of how much money he’d have to turn down from the V-League.

“I saw Jurgen take over the reins and he’s bringing in all these technical players, he wants to play football,” Nguyen says. “It was a whole different light in which you see the national team. I’m thinking I have a chance, that I would be a player that Jurgen would like, that would fit his system. That motivated me to want to come back and prove myself again, and try to get back in the good graces of the national team.”

New England head coach Jay Heaps already knew how good Nguyen could be in the right setting. He first heard of Nguyen from his old Revs teammate, ex-Hoosier and current LA assistant Pat Noonan during Nguyen’s one season at IU.

So when Rennie dumped Nguyen at the end of the 2012 preseason, Heaps pounced, marking the first time the Revs had ever signed a player off waivers.

“He’s so skillful and he can do a lot of things technically,” Heaps says. “I think when he got here we asked more of him, we wanted him to be a little bit more a little bit more two-way, make sure he defended hard, worked hard on both sides of the ball. I think that he didn’t realize how good he is at closing down, or intercepting passes or getting in passing lanes and I think that once he started doing that, I think it kind of brought out a better player.”

Nguyen showed off both sides of his game early in the second half of the Revs’ 3-1 win over Kansas City on Sept. 3, arguably their best win of the season.

He tracked back from his advanced position, stripping a Sporting player near midfield and dropping the ball back before taking off toward goal. Always intelligent with his movement, Nguyen set the run up perfectly, arriving in the pocket of space between Sporting’s midfield and back four just in time to receive a Kelyn Rowe pass a few yards outside the area.

Nguyen controlled Rowe’s ball, touching it forward to the edge of the box and shielding a Sporting defender before curling a right-footed shot into the top corner. 

No one moment can completely capture a player, but that game-winner does a suitable job of illustrating what’s made Nguyen so effective this year.

“He’s extremely unique in MLS,” Davies says. “I always knew Lee growing up as a guy that got the ball and he’s attacking, attacking, attacking. He’s never lost that part of his game, but now he’s added the patience, the possession, the smarts in the game of knowing when to go, when to hold it, when to keep it.

“He’s really developed into the ideal No. 10 player.”

These days, Nguyen’s on the hunt for trophies. He’s focused on helping New England qualify for its second-straight postseason, and, with Designated Player Jermaine Jones now anchoring the midfield, feels optimistic that the Revs can make a real run at MLS Cup.

Though he hasn’t been called to the USMNT since earning those three caps in the summer of 2007, Nguyen admits he still thinks about the national team. He’s hopeful that his consistent strong play with New England has caught the eye of Klinsmann, who will announce a squad for the USMNT’s October friendlies against Ecuador and Honduras in the coming weeks.

“Yeah of course you think about it,” he says. “Who wouldn’t want to play on the national team? Who wouldn’t want to play for Jurgen?

Nguyen says despite a sometimes rugged road to success, he’s thankful for the experiences. “I’m happy with my decisions,” he says, “because I know I wouldn’t be the player I am if I didn’t make those choices and play where I played.” (USA Today Sports)

“But you’ve got to prove yourself, you got to make yourself worthy for that call. I think if the Revs keep doing well and we keep winning games, I think everybody will appreciate us and will give us a chance. Hopefully, that’s going to be good enough.”

More important than his national team aspirations is the fact that, after years of searching, Nguyen feels like he’s finally found a home. His career is thriving and he’s enjoying life in New England; he and his girlfriend recently moved in together and he and Davies just became part-time assistant coaches for the Boston College Men’s Soccer team.

Still, Nguyen can’t help but occasionally wonder how things might have been different had he come of age a few years later. Would he have crisscrossed the globe and entered into a soccer abyss in Vietnam had he grown up in a MLS academy? Would he have developed faster if he’d been able to sign as a Homegrown player like 19-year-old New England teammate Diego Fagundez, LA forward Gyasi Zardes or Seattle defender DeAndre Yedlin?

“You see the academies, you see the growth of MLS, and you kind of wish you were just getting into the league,” Nguyen says. “If I had this when I was younger, and I was able to train with professionals in their 20s and 30s, you just learn so much, you play so much quicker. When I was young, we only had our own age group to compete against, to make yourself better. So you were competing against guys that were in the same grade level, but now you got players like Diego who, at 16, 17, is training with guys 10 years his age. That really makes you a lot better.”

Nguyen knows that he hasn’t taken the easiest path, but he feels that each stop has given him something, helping mold him into the MLS star he is today. In Europe, he learned how to be a pro from his accomplished teammates; in Vietnam, he figured out how to be a leader; in New England, he’s put it all together.

“My path, it’s been like a roller coaster,” he said. “You start from the beginning, you go up, down, around and then you end up in the same spot that you started.

“You always think, ‘Did I make the right decision, did I make the right choice, am I in the right place?’ But I’m happy with my decisions, because I know I wouldn’t be the player I am if I didn’t make those choices and play where I played.”

via For New England Revolution playmaker Lee Nguyen, a rugged road to MLS stardom | MLSsoccer.com.

Yoon Suk-min big-league dream on hold

His dream of playing in Major League Baseball on hold for now, South Korean pitcher Yoon Suk-min will soon return home after wrapping up his minor league season in the Baltimore Orioles organization, his agency said.

The Orioles designated Yoon for assignment last Sunday to make room for other players in their 40-man roster. Yoon cleared waivers and was outrighted to Norfolk. 

Such a move is designed to clear space for players not on the 40-man roster, and a player already in the minors, such as Yoon, can be outrighted to the big league club’s minor league affiliates.

Yoon Suk-min (Yonhap)


An official with Boras Corporation, Yoon’s agency, said the pitcher, unable to join the big league roster this season, will board a South Korea-bound flight on Tuesday. 

He insisted Yoon, who’d spent his first nine pro seasons in South Korea before signing with Baltimore this year, hasn’t given up on his big league dreams.

“Rejoining the South Korean league is not an option,” the official said. “Yoon Suk-min will pitch for the Orioles’ organization next season.”

The 28-year-old right-hander pitched his final game of the season for the Norfolk Tides, the Triple-A affiliate of the Orioles, on Sunday local time. 

He allowed five earned runs in five innings but still picked up his fourth win of the season, as the Tides beat the Durham Bulls 9-6. Yoon ended his season with a 4-8 record and a 5.74 ERA in 23 appearances, 18 of them starts.

Yoon had spent his entire nine-year professional career with the Kia Tigers in the Korea Baseball Organization and inked a three-year deal with the Orioles in February this year.

Yoon was voted the MVP in the KBO in 2011, on the strength of the pitching Triple Crown with 17 wins, 178 strikeouts and a 2.45 ERA. 

The three-time KBO All-Star has a career record of 73-59 with 44 saves and a 3.19 ERA in 303 appearances. He has been both a starter and a reliever in his KBO career.

Because he signed the deal close to the start of spring training and he had to apply for a work permit, Yoon lagged behind other pitchers in his offseason preparation. He began the season in the minors and never got called up by the big league club this season.

The official with the agency said Yoon remains under Baltimore’s contract.

“Being designated for assignment has different meanings to different players,” the official added. 

“In case of Yoon, it was the Orioles’ way of saying, ‘We’re not going to call you up this season.’ It doesn’t mean he’s been released by the organization.” 

via Yoon’s big-league dream on hold.