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Hacker's Decision: 'I'm taking my talents to South Korea'

Ex-Yankee farmhand channels LeBron James in announcing 2013 plans
01/15/2013 4:59 PM ET
By Lou DiPietro

Eric Hacker spent parts of eight seasons in the Yankees organization from 2002-09.(AP)
More than two years after it happened, athletes are still having a little fun with LeBron James’ “Decision” theatrics – with the latest being former Yankees farmhand Eric Hacker.

On Tuesday, Hacker, a right-handed pitcher, announced via Twitter that he will play in South Korea in 2013, but did so with a nod towards the language LeBron used when he announced his intent to sign with the Miami Heat back in 2010.

“It’s official, I am taking my talents to Changwon South Korea to play for the NC Dinos. My family is excited,” Hacker Tweeted, using the same verbiage James did when he said he was “taking his talents to South Beach.”

Hacker, 29, was selected by the Yankees in the 23rd round of the 2002 MLB Draft and spent parts of eight seasons in the organization, missing all of 2004 after undergoing Tommy John surgery and then sitting out the second half of 2005 and all of 2006 after shoulder surgery. The following year, 2007, was his best in the organization, as he went 13-5 and posted a 3.64 ERA in 27 games between Charleston, Tampa, and Scranton.

Hacker worked his way back up to Triple-A once again in 2009, but was designated for assignment (and later traded to Pittsburgh for Romulo Sanchez) that May. He made his Major League debut with the Pirates in September 2009, and has also played for the San Francisco and Minnesota organizations.

As a Major Leaguer, Hacker is 0-1 with a 4.00 ERA in nine games (one start) with the Pirates, Twins, and Giants, and he has a career Minor League line of 71-50, 3.94 in 183 games (173 starts).

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