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Dodgers' Hyun-Jin Ryu gets the start, and first endorsement deal

April 19, 2013|By Steve Dilbeck
  • Dodgers left-hander Hyun-Jin Ryu has locked up his first endorsement deal to become a spokesman for Hanmi Bank.
Dodgers left-hander Hyun-Jin Ryu has locked up his first endorsement deal… (Christian Petersen / Getty…)

Hyun-Jin Ryu will be attempting to snap the Dodgers’ four-game losing streak Friday in Baltimore and win his third consecutive game.

But he’s already nabbed one early prize. Just three games into his major league career, he’s signed his first endorsement deal.

Ryu has joined fellow South Korean Shin Soo Choo as a spokesman for Hanmi Bank.

Hanmi Bank specializes in the Korean-American community and has 27 branches throughout most of California.

Choo is an outfielder who has spent parts of the past nine seasons in the majors and currently starts for the Cincinnati Reds. He has been a spokesman for Hanmi since 2011.

Meanwhile, Ryu is scheduled to make just his fourth start for the Dodgers on Friday after signing with the team in the off-season out of the Korean Baseball Organization. In his first three games, he is 2-1 with a 2.89 ERA and 1.18 WHIP.

His contract with Hanmi mirrors the length of his six-year contract with the Dodgers. The bank said it will donate $100 for each of Rhu's strikeouts to the charity of his choice.

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