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Lost passport rules ex-MLB pitcher Kim out of classic

Pitcher Byung-Hyun Kim from South Korea delivers a pitch to the Philadelphia Phillies during the first inning of their MLB National League game in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, September 7, 2007. REUTERS/Tim Shaffer

SEOUL (Reuters) - Former Major League pitcher Byung-Hyun Kim has been dropped from South Korea’s squad for the World Baseball Classic because he lost his passport and could not attend training in Hawaii, an official said on Monday.

Kim, 30, a right-handed submarine-style pitcher, has been out of baseball for about a year. He was one of the first Korean players in the Majors and pitched for teams including the Arizona Diamondbacks, Boston Red Sox and Colorado Rockies.

“Kim lost his passport, and won’t be able to play for us in the WBC,” Korean Baseball Organization official Lee Jin-hyung said by telephone from Hawaii.

Kim broke into the Majors with the Diamondbacks in 1999. he played for nine seasons as a starter and reliever, compiling a record of 54 wins, 60 losses and 87 saves.

South Korean media said Kim was hoping to use the WBC as a springboard to return to professional baseball.

The WBC takes place next month with the first round in Japan, Mexico, Canada and Puerto Rico, the second in San Diego and Miami, and the final round at Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles.

Reporting by Jon Herskovitz and Kim Junghyun