Former MLB player Luke Scott fired from Korean team after confrontation
Former MLB player Luke Scott was fired by his Korean team after getting into an argument with his manager and reportedly calling him a "coward" and a "liar," according to the Korea Times.
Scott had been on the injury list three times this year already for SK Wyverns and recently developed plantar fasciitis, an ailment he dealt with through most of his career in the majors. With the injury continuing to pose a problem, Scott was moved to a reserve team.
He wasn't happy with how the team was handling the injury, wanting to be allowed to treat it himself as he had his whole career. That led to the argument with manager Lee Man-soo.
According to the report, the confrontation between Scott and Man-soo could be blamed partially on cultural differences, as foreign players aren't used to the more rigid, restricted norms of Korean baseball.
Scott came to Korea after spending nine seasons in the major leagues with the Houston Astros, Baltimore Orioles and Tampa Bay Rays. When he couldn't catch on with a team after last season, Scott made the decision to play in Korea, where he's hit .267 with six home runs in 33 games.
The outfielder/first baseman had his best years with the Orioles from 2008-10, putting up a slash line of .266/.348/.497 and averaging 25 home runs and 71 RBI per season.
- Aaron Somers