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    Cubs Close to Signing Lim Chang-Yong?

    Right handed reliever Lim Chang-Yong, who most recently played for the Yakult Swallows of the Japanese League is expected to sign with the Chicago Cubs.

    The 36-year old probably won't be a long-term solution to the struggling Cubs, but he does provide experience to their bullpen.

    Lim has over 100 wins and almost 300-saves combined in the Korean and Japanese Leagues and was a pivotal part of Korea's silver medal team at the 2009 World Baseball Classic.

    He was the 6th highest paid player in Japan last year earning $450,000.
    http://www.arirang.co.kr/News/News_V...Ne2&category=2

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    Some more info regarding him via wikipedia:

    He is widely known as the fastest sidearm pitcher in baseball history who can throw a 160 km/h (99.4 mph) four-seam fastball, though the pitch usually sits at 93-95 mph (150-153 kph).[1] His signature pitch is his two-seam fastball which, due to its unique tailing movement has earned its nickname "Serpent fastball(Hangul: 뱀직구)". His other pitches include a high 70s slider with a sharp horizontal break, a mid 80s forkball, and a rarely used 60 mph (97 km/h) slow-curveball. He is one of the few pitchers who can pitch in multiple pitching forms. Lim pitches primarily sidearm and underhand, but does pitch from the three-quarters motion at will.

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    So the Cubs signed the Japan version of John Smoltz, but at age 36? I don't know, Smoltz was the first name I thought of while reading this. Not sidearm though.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Diehdcubsfan2 View Post
    So the Cubs signed the Japan version of John Smoltz, but at age 36? I don't know, Smoltz was the first name I thought of while reading this. Not sidearm though.
    He might have played in Japan, but he is Korean. My best friend from gradeschool was Korean. And his name and the symbols in that youtube video are Korean.


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    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Gb0an-95Jc

    Seems interesting. Was hoping he was a CFer when I saw the title..

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    Serpent fastball? I love crazy nickname Asian pitches.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rynoplasty View Post
    Serpent fastball? I love crazy nickname Asian pitches.
    I know they have some great names.
    I remember Dice K had the "gyro ball" or something like that.
    And that dude the White Sox had years back with the "frisbee" that just got hammered after his first time through the league

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    Quote Originally Posted by ReJo View Post
    I know they have some great names.
    I remember Dice K had the "gyro ball" or something like that.
    And that dude the White Sox had years back with the "frisbee" that just got hammered after his first time through the league
    I believe his name was Shingo Takatsu...or something like that...Mr. Zero. Haha!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Randall Simon View Post
    I believe his name was Shingo Takatsu...or something like that...Mr. Zero. Haha!
    His entrance from the bullpen was pretty sick. A gong would sound and then the stadium would go dark and a bunch of Matrix-style, digital green zeros would appear on all of the electronic boards.

    He did a lot with mixing up velocity. I can't find his velocity on FanGraphs, but I seem to remember him throwing pitches ranging between 60mph and mid-80s.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Randall Simon View Post
    I believe his name was Shingo Takatsu...or something like that...Mr. Zero. Haha!
    Yes that's him!

    He was actually a Cub for half a Spring Training in 2008

    In 2008, Takatsu attempted to return to U.S. baseball and signed a minor league deal, with an invitation to spring training, with the Chicago Cubs of the MLB.[1] However, he was released midway through spring training

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    His delivery should make him deceptive enough to be useful. At least, I hope it does.
    #ClutchTime

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    Looks like he's coming off of TJ.

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    Velocity and movement look good in that video, plus you can get a year of extra usefulness out of the funky delivery hopefully.

    I'm intrigued.

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    May never fill the same role, but after watching some video I thought of Marmol.

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    The Cubs once again reached out to try and bring in talent from wherever they can find it. The Cubs are close to signing 36 year old Korean RHP Chang-yong Lim, pending a physical. They outbid 4 teams to land Lim. Thosse teams are the Detroit Tigers, Baltimore Orioles, Boston Red Sox, and Texas Rangers.

    Lim is expected to sign a split major/minor league contract with an eye toward 2014, since he just had Tommy John surgery.

    Lim is a relief pitcher and like Fujikawa sees a potential opening in the back end of the Cubs bullpen, with the team likely to part ways with Marmol between now and next seson.
    http://www.chicagonow.com/cubs-den/2...hang-yong-lim/
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