All-Star is over and now the leagues hurtles towards the conclusion of the reg.......wait! No, there's another break in mid August for almost 3 weeks as the 2018 Asia Games get underway in Indonesia. So, we could effectively break this season down into 3 parts. Pre All Star; Pre Asia Games; Post Asia Games. In… Continue reading 3 big questions in the second half of the season.
The KIA Tigers are, on-form, the worst team in Korean baseball going into the All Star break. A 5 game losing streak is bad enough, but having the last-placed NC Dinos sweep you midweek makes it so much worse. KIA are the defending champions, but sit 6th in the table, 3 games back from Nexen… Continue reading Defending champions slipping away as the top 5 pull clear
He swung! Pierzynski! He's gotta throw it down! It's a perfect day for Philip Humber. On the 21st of April, 2012 in Seattle. The 20th perfect game in regular season history.....How about that? https://youtu.be/BCqryvXZ9YA The greatest moment of Philip Humber's career occurred at Safeco Field, Seattle, during the Chicago White Sox' 5-0 win over… Continue reading They came to play baseball: #1 Philip Humber.
Hanwha Eagles pulled down the curtain on the month of June with a walk-off 3-run bomb by Ji Seong-jun. It brought up their 48th win of the season and left them second in the table, best placed to challenge the league's most outstanding team, Doosan Bears. Let's just consider this: with over half the season… Continue reading Hanwha Eagles writing new scripts as they power towards the playoffs
This is part 2 of GSKBO's half term report. Now we look at the teams sitting outside the play-offs and offer our own verdict on how their season has gone. There is still a long way to go and as Doosan Bears showed in 2017, it doesn't matter how far back you are at this… Continue reading GSKBO’s half term report. Part 2: The rest.
The Korean baseball season, which runs from the end of March to either late October or early November (depending on rain outs), is a 144-game season. Last week, at different times, every one of the 10 league clubs arrived at the half-way point of their season; game 72. In reality, it doesn't quite feel like… Continue reading GSKBO’s half-term report. Part 1: The play-off teams.
On April 20th 2018, the Seoul-based Doosan Bears and the Gwangju-based KIA Tigers met for the first time since the 2017 Korean Series. The Tigers, without a championship success in 8 years, needed just 5 games to dethrone the Bears, who were going for 3 straight Series wins. Last weekend, Doosan exerted some revenge, taking… Continue reading Doosan Bears v KIA Tigers. In pictures and videos.
By the close of the 2nd inning on Thursday, the long suffering Hanwha Eagles fans were facing the prospect of a record being broken and, unusually for them, in their favour. They'd waited 2083 days to sweep the KIA Tigers, defending KBO champions. And they were doing it in style. Hector Noesi, KIA's 2 million… Continue reading Glorious Hanbat could soon be the last of the old KBO ballparks.
On Wednesday, two of the biggest and most successful clubs in KBO history will face off in the Korean Series for the very first time. Gwangju-based KIA Tigers, vying for an 11th KBO title and first in 8 years, finished top of the regular season standings with a record of 87-56-1. They've sat idle for… Continue reading Kia Tigers v Doosan Bears. Who’s winning and why?
The play-off roadshow returns to Masan as Doosan Bears and NC Dinos look to put a foot firmly in the Korean Series with a win in Game 3. The best-of-5 series is delicately balanced at 1 win apiece after two gloriously high scoring games at a raucous Jamsil midweek. NC, led by part-time cheerleader Eric… Continue reading Eric Hacker v Michael Bowden. Game 3 preview.