A look at the apparently very common use of corporal punishment in both amateur and professional Korean baseball:
Corporal punishment has long been part of the way sports teams operate here. The way it is dealt with by the teams and the media generally follows the same playbook. Whenever reports of a violent incident surface, those involved explain the incident away by saying it’s just the way things have always been done, and even after the news has spread, the perpetrators usually deny they’ve done anything wrong. In the end, most of the offenders walk away with a minor penalty and the game goes on. Meanwhile, the players who are witness to these acts of violence keep quiet to protect their fellow teammates. The cases usually end with the teams and the media brushing the incident aside.
There are several anecdotes. None involving Julio Franco’s stint on the Samsung Lions. My guess is that he wouldn’t have stood for that crap.