Tuesday, January 22, 2013

R I P : Cho sung min

I Just read Recently About Cho sung min"s Shocking Death Death 
I Just Copied Some Article from yahoo sports about  Cho sung min"s Death 

Police confirmed on Monday that a former baseball star and ex-husband of a top South Korean actress, whose 2008 suicide shocked the country, took his own life over the weekend.
Cho Sung-Min, a former pitcher for Japanese baseball team Yomiuri Giants, was found dead early Sunday with a belt around his neck by his girlfriend in the bathroom of her Seoul apartment.
"The autopsy result showed death due to hanging," Yonhap news agency quoted a senior police officer as saying. "We've concluded the case as suicide."
In a final text to his girlfriend, Cho had written: "Thank you for everything. Hang tough even after I am gone."
The 39-year-old was the former husband of the hugely popular actress Choi Jin-Sil, who took her own life in similar fashion in 2008, four years after their marriage ended.
Choi, who had two children with Cho, was found hanging from a length of elastic at her Seoul home.
Relatives and friends said she had been depressed since her divorce and troubled by rumours circulating on the Internet that she had caused another actor's suicide by demanding repayment of debts he owed her.
Her death shocked the country and prompted a police crackdown on cyber-bullying.
In 2010 Choi's younger brother, singer Choi Jin-Young, also hanged himself while suffering from severe depression.
Suicide is the most common cause of death among those in their 20s and 30s in South Korea, which has the highest suicide rate among member nations of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development.

A News From Korea About Cho"s Death

According to Wikipedia (  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cho_Sung-min )

Cho Sung-min dominated the baseball amateur league in the 1990s, and with his attractive looks and top-class pitching skills, he had many female fans in Korea and Japan. Cho joined Japan's Yomiuri Giants in 1996, and his best years as a pro-baseball player were 1997-1998 when he was named an All-Star pitcher for the Central League after racking up a record of seven wins, six losses and a 2.75 ERA in the first half of the 1998 season.
But after peaking his career soon went downhill, with a prolonged slump due to ankle injuries. He left the Yomiuri Giants in 2002. He returned to the Korean baseball league in 2005 to play for the Hanwha Eagles until October 2007, but instead of making an impressive comeback, he had to leave the team in 2007 with a disappointing performance. He briefly worked as a TV commentator, before joining the Doosan Bears in 2011 as a coach of one of their minor league teams. He refused to extend his contract with the club in November 2012 when his term ended.
Cho also tried his hand at various businesses including an unsuccessful bakery chain, and invested heavily into a baseball management company he had set up in 2008.

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Atsuya Furuta

Atsuya Furuta (古田 敦也, b. August 6, 1965 in Kawanishi, Hyōgo) is a former baseball player and player-manager for the Tokyo Yakult Swallows professional baseball club in the Nippon Professional Baseball's Central League. Drafted in the 2nd round in 1990, Furuta became a leader for the Swallows as a catcher and became the first player-manager in Japanese baseball in 29 years, since Katsuya Nomura in 1977. In addition to his skills on the field, he is also known for leading a successful two day strike in 2004 as the head of the Japanese baseball players union [1].

He remains one of the most prominent figures in Japanese baseball because of his leadership both on and off the field. In June 2007, Furuta removed himself from the active roster so he could focus on managing the floundering Swallows. He retired as player and manager in the same season.


* His hobby is playing Shogi (Japanese chess). He was given a third degree rank by the Japanese Shogi Association, and guest starred in a television drama as a Shogi player. He played Shogi master Yoshiharu Habu in a television special event, but was defeated.
* Since he used to play for the Toyota baseball team, he drives a Toyota, and has appeared in the company's advertisements.
* Furuta is known for his trademark glasses. In 2006, Swallows set one of their home games as "Glasses Day" (眼鏡デー, Megane Dē?), giving out a special gift to every person wearing glasses (even fake ones are accepted) upon admission to the Meiji Jingu Stadium.
* Furuta was the second contestant to defeat the "Daruma 7" challenge on the Japanese game show Kinniku Banzuke.

Awards and Accomplishments

* MVP (1993, 1997)
* Batting Title (1991)
* Best Nine Award (1991~1993, 1995, 1997, 1999~2001, 2004)
* Golden Glove Award (1990~1993, 1995, 1997, 1999~2001, 2004)
* Championship Series MVP (1997, 2001)
* All Star (1990~2006)
* 1988 Seoul Olympics silver medalist

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

bye bye shinjo