Korean Baseball League Is Coming To Your TV: Follow Four Former Tigers

Get your baseball fix, with a side of bat flips.

Evan Jankens
May 05, 2020 - 10:41 am
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Missing baseball? Missing the Tigers? Missing ... bat flips? 

Now you can get your fix, with ESPN airing games from the KBO League in Korea as of Tuesday morning. You can watch live broadcasts or watch re-runs. Or both, if your withdrawals are that extreme. 

Here are four former Tigers to watch. 

Infielder Dixon Machado - Lotte Giants. Machado spent 10 years in the Tigers organization, seeing most of his big-league action from 2017-18. He hit .227 across four seasons, then elected free agency in the 2018 offseason. He signed a one-year contract with Lotte last November. 

Pitcher Warwick Saupold - Hanwha Eagles. Saupold spent seven years in the Tigers organization and, like Machado, got substantial time in Detroit from 2017-18. He posted a 4.98 ERA over 82 games before electing free agency after the 2018 season. He signed with Hanwha shortly thereafter and posted a 3.51 ERA in his first season.

Pitcher Chad Bell - Hanwha Eagles. The Tigers acquired Bell in a trade with the Rangers in 2016 and he appeared in 28 games for Detroit the next year. He was DFA'd a year later after posting a 7.11 ERA over 31 big-league outings. Bell signed with Hanwha in the 2018 offseason and had a 3.50 ERA in 2019.

Pitcher William Cuevas - KT Wiz. Cuevas spent just one year in Detroit's organization after signing with the club in the 2016 offseason. He was knocked around in his only big-league appearance, then declined an assignment to Triple-A and elected free agency. He signed with KT last offseason and posted a 3.62 ERA in 2019. 

Here are the upcoming KBO games on ESPN, according to Jeff Passan: