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Pro baseball: Canyon's Seddon signs with S. Korean team

Pitcher played for the Cleveland Indians in 2012

Posted: December 6, 2012 6:11 p.m.
Updated: December 6, 2012 6:11 p.m.

Canyon High graduate and former Cleveland Indian Chris Seddon pitches in the first inning against the Boston Red Sox on Aug. 10, in Cleveland.

 

The choice was security over uncertainty for 2001 Canyon High graduate and Major League pitcher Chris Seddon and now the left-hander will pitch professionally in South Korea in 2013.

The Castaic resident and former Cleveland Indian agreed to a one-year deal with SK Wyverns of the Korean Professional Baseball league.

“Right now it’s a real good opportunity for me to go there and look at baseball in a different country,” said the 29-year-old. “How often does someone get go to another country and experience (life there) and play baseball for a living?”

Seddon pitched in 17 games for the Cleveland Indians in 2012, enjoying the best season of his three years in the big leagues. He went 1-1 with a 3.67 ERA in 34 1/3 innings, mostly as a relief pitcher.

This marked the 12th season of Seddon’s professional career, spent mostly in the minor leagues.

“I ended up putting up fantastic numbers (in Cleveland),” Seddon said. “I felt I was able to slip into the long relief role ... I ended up having a great year. I thought I played well enough for them to keep me on the roster. Management had other ideas.”

Seddon said the Cleveland experience was a dream come true and he spoke very fondly of the organization.

He pitched with the Florida Marlins in 2007 and Seattle Mariners in 2010 and has a combined 2-3 record with a 5.47 ERA in 38 Major League games.

Seddon was designated for assignment on Nov. 30 by Cleveland, which made him a free agent for the fifth time in his career.

Seddon said the Indians expressed interest in bringing him back and three teams offered him a minor league contract with invitations to Spring Training, but none of those options came with guarantees.

The South Korean option came about in September when his agent was contacted.

“It was difficult,” he said of the decision to play in South Korea. “What I was dealing with was leaving the U.S. to play and then trying to come back and play maybe later on. Talking to the Korean team and (Americans) who played there made me feel better about going there. All the guys who I’ve talked to liked the experience.”

The former Canyon Cowboy is married and has a newborn daughter.

They will all join him in South Korea.

The season starts in March.

SK Wyverns plays in Incheon in northwestern South Korea. Incheon is the third largest city in the country.

SK Wyverns won Korean league titles in 2007, 2008 and 2010

“American players go over there and you’re the guy,” Seddon said. “I’m looking forward to that same feeling. I heard it’s almost like playing in a playoff atmosphere all season.”

 

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