My love of all things Doug Slaten is fairly well documented here at HDIB? – between plenty of prose revolving around his career and being the proud owner of a game worn away grey #45 Nats jersey, it’s a reasonable thing to say that my fascination with the LOOGY is
borderline creepy spirited.
Last I read or saw of
my our intrepid portsider in December 2012, he had been released by the Pittsburgh Pirates after a 2012 season highlighted by a fantastic showing at AAA Indianapolis and was headed to the SK Wyverns of the Korea Baseball Organization.
While sad to see him not being picked up by a MLB organization, especially in light of the need of situational lefties for a number of teams, it was good to see Slaten find work so soon and for an internationally respected league. The move was a rational one and one that could have been parlayed into a MLB deal in 2014. With that in mind and with the 2013 seasons of all/many/most of the professional leagues in full swing, I went a-googlin’ for Mr. Slaten. My first stop was at the Wyverns site (English version) and was immediately inspired by this:
Aww yeah. Inspired by that little pep talk, I scrolled down to look for Slaten stats.
The end of the line for pitchers was Jyun Huk Huh, and no Slaten.
Off to MyKBO.net, a great website for all of your Korean baseball needs. The top of the page that shows foreign players on Korean rosters gave me:
A link to his wiki page mentions (without any source or reference) that Slaten did not head to Korea to continue his baseball glories, this time in a starting role; instead, he stayed stateside due to the dreaded ‘personal reasons’.
While disheartened by the news and the lack of any source to his ‘personal reasons’ for not headed to the Wyverns, I hope that whatever may burden Slaten and prevent him from pitching is a temporary matter, and we find Doug toeing the rubber soon, for someone.
Godspeed, Doug, and let us know how you’re doing, yeah?