David Ortiz and Mike Trout rank as two of the most recognizable players to have graced a Salt Lake Bees roster. For at least a few weeks, and maybe until the coronavirus scare is over, though, three other former Bees may become household names.
Jose Miguel Fernandez, Drew Gagnon and Drew Rucinski are all playing in the South Korean KBO baseball league. On Tuesday, that league became the only one in the world to play live games this season.
While those games will be played in stadiums without fans, that doesn’t mean no one will get to see the action. ESPN inked a deal Monday for the English-language broadcast rights and plans to air six games a week live. First pitch will be between 11 p.m. and 3:30 a.m. MDT.
Right-handed pitchers Gagnon, who played for the Bees in 2017, and Rucinski (2015) both have games this weekend. Gagnon is starter for the Kia Tigers, who took on the Samsung Tigers on Friday. Rucinski picked up the win as the starter in the opener for the NC Dinos, who have a double header scheduled against the LG Twins on Saturday.
Infielder Jose Miguel Fernandez, who played for the Bees in 2018 and also played for the Ogden Raptors, now competes with the Doosan Bears.
Korean Baseball League
Saturday (DH): LG Twins vs. NC Dinos, 2 a.m., ESPN/11 p.m., ESPN2
Tuesday: KT Wiz vs. NC Dinos, 3:30 a.m., ESPN2
Wednesday: SK Wyverns vs. LG Twin, 3:30 a.m., ESPN2
Thursday: SK Wyverns vs. LG Twin, 3:30 a.m., ESPN2
Friday: Doosan Bears vs. KIA Tigers, 3:30 a.m., ESPN2
May 16: Doosan Bears vs. KIA Tigers, 2 a.m., ESPN