Barry Larkin traveling to S. Korea

Updated: February 8, 2011, 5:34 PM ET
Associated Press

WASHINGTON -- Two veteran baseball stars will travel to South Korea and meet North Korean defectors as part of U.S. efforts to use sport as a tool of diplomacy.

Former Hall of Fame nominee Barry Larkin and former Montreal Expos pitcher Joe Logan will visit Seoul, Gwangju and Jeju Island Feb. 13-19.

The State Department said Tuesday the pair will hold baseball clinics, meet defectors and speak to local students. They will also hold discussions with nongovernmental and minority groups on the importance of diversity.

Former short-stop Larkin was a member of the Cincinnati Reds' 1990 World Series champions team. He and Logan have made two previous trips overseas as sports diplomacy envoys.

Baseball is popular in South Korea, which has its own professional league.


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