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Then check out the lineup for the east squad in this year's Korean All-Star Game, where nine — yes, nine — members of the Lotte Giants have been voted into the game. This story from The Korea Times doesn't mention anything about ballot-box stuffing, though it does seem a bit strange that a fourth-place team that's sitting right at .500 would get nine starters into the game.

From the East Windup Chronicle:

"The only member of Lotte not to be voted into the starting lineup was outfielder Jung Su-gun, who was arrested and suspended indefinitely because he beat up a security guard during an early morning drunken rampage last week. The rest of the team is in — pitcher Son Min-han, catcher Kang Min-ho, infielders Lee Dae-ho, Park Hyung-sung, Jo Sung-hwan, Park Gi-hyuk, outfielders Karim Garcia and Kim Joo-chan, and DH Ma Hae-yeong. Doosan’s Lee Jeong-wook will be the lone representative from a non-Lotte team."

As mentioned in both the EWC and TKT articles, Karim Garcia (a.k.a. "The Latino Bambino") is making an impact on Korean baseball in a way that he never approached over 10 Major League seasons with seven different teams. With 21 homers and 80 RBI, Garcia is the leading All-Star vote-getter, is starting to make Koreans forget about the immortal Felix Jose and even has his own YouTube stalker fan

(Follow the jump for video of Garcia riding a Korean subway with his very happy supporters:)

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