Ryan Sadowski Joins Global Sporting Integration to Host
First Annual Korea Baseball Organization Seminar
Consulting firm specializes in providing cross-cultural integration services for professional baseball players, clubs,and agents to adapt, survive, and thrive both on and off the field
Philadelphia, PA (November 6, 2014) – Han Gil Lee, Ryan Sadowski, Kenneth A. Jacobsen, and N. Jeremi Duru of Global Sporting Integration (GSI), will host the First Annual Korea Baseball Organization (KBO) Seminar for American players from January 12, 2015 to January 14, 2015 at the Kansas City Royals Major League Spring Training Facility in Surprise, Arizona. GSI is a consulting firm specializing in assisting baseball players as they seek to bridge the cultural gaps that exist when transitioning from one nation to another.
Since the KBO’s inception in 1982, the level of baseball in Korea has improved tremendously, with foreign players largely contributing to KBO’s success. There will be 31 total foreigners playing on the KBO’s ten teams in 2015. Unfortunately, KBO teams retain only 30% of their first-year foreign players, and most do not make it through their first season due to challenges associated with international transplantation. Among the challenges: navigating through daily life in Korea, grasping the Korean seniority system, learning the Korean language, and understanding the Korean baseball practice and training regimen.
“When a KBO team signs a foreign player, the team is not simply adding a new member to its roster, it is bringing a person to start a new life in a foreign environment,” said Han Lee, CEO of GSI. “The challenges that players face while transitioning to Korean baseball have cost many promising players their careers, resulting in large financial losses and stress for both the players and their clubs.”
To help American players overcome these challenges, GSI will host its First annual KBO Seminar in January, before the KBO season begins. Ryan Sadowski, who has played 11 years of professional baseball, including in 2009 with MLB’s San Francisco Giants before three seasons with the KBO’s Lotte Giants, will join the GSI team to spearhead the Seminar’s programs, which include interactive educational sessions on Korean culture, baseball, and cuisine. “Educating foreign players about Korea before the season is a key component to give players the opportunity to perform at their highest level,” said Sadowski.
GSI has successfully assisted former MLB players, such as Kevin Youkilis and Chris Carpenter, with their transition to playing in Asia. Both players praise GSI’s work. “When I signed to play in Japan after 10 years in the Major Leagues I knew that I’d face an adjustment,” said Youkilis who played with the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles in 2014. “Han Lee and the folks at GSI made that adjustment much easier for me and my family, familiarizing us with the food, the culture, our new home city, and my new ballclub. I’m very appreciative of their excellent work, and I’d recommend their services to any ballplayer going to play in Asia.” Youkilis’ agent, Joe Bick, of Pro Star Management, Inc. is similarly effusive: “As Kevin Youkilis transitioned [to playing in Japan], he had a very valuable asset and ally in Han Gil Lee of GSI. During what can be a hectic and confusing career move, Han provided valuable information, thorough and comforting counsel, and experienced guidance that allowed Kevin to relax and concentrate on baseball, knowing that he and his family had everything they needed to thrive in a new environment. In the future, Han’s assistance in transitions of this nature will be an absolute necessity for Pro Star Management clients. He asked us for a chance to prove his worth, and greatly exceeded expectations.”
The GSI team will attend the 113th Baseball Winter Meetings in December in San Diego, CA in advance of the January KBO Seminar.
ABOUT GLOBAL SPORTING INTEGRATION
Unlike a sports agency, Global Sporting Integration (GSI) is a consulting firm specializing in providing cross-cultural integration services for American and Asian professional baseball players to adapt, survive, and thrive, both on and off the field. GSI’s programs focus on challenges involving language barriers, nutrition, cultural elements, and variances in physical training from an athlete’s native country to ensure the best experience for both the player and the team. For more information please visit www.globalsportingintegration.com, or follow GSI on Twitter @GSIntegration.