I'm sure most of you living in Korea are not working today. August 15th is Independence Day, and that means baseball starts at the slightly earlier time of....eh....6pm! The weather is still too hot during the day for the KBO to even consider a 2pm start, which is a pity, because the earlier games around… Continue reading Independence Day baseball!
When you look at his 2017 stats to date, it seems ludicrous to even pinpoint second baseman An Chi-hong as a ticking time bomb in Kia Tigers' season. The league leaders are without a recognised closer (Friday night in Suwon confirmed this), a reliable bullpen arm and possess two catchers who, despite showing promising early… Continue reading An Chi-hong’s dip in form has gone under the radar, but the Tigers should be worried.
The 10 clubs that make up the KBO are nearing the home straight as 3 game stands are reduced to two. This is the moment in the season when teams just outside the playoff spots know they have to make a move. Any solid run of victories could be enough to ensure baseball beyond September,… Continue reading Every win is crucial as the 2017 season moves to the 2 game series.
The last time Kim Sehyeon wore the Nexen Heroes uniform was on a hot and humid Wednesday night in Jamsil. The KBO 2016 save leader was summoned to close out a 3-1 lead in the bottom of the 9th against the LG Twins. Andy Van Hekken had put Nexen within touching distance of a series… Continue reading A KBO trade on a Monday morning as the Tigers go in search of a reliable bullpen arm.
Twenty fours before the 2017 All-Star event got under way at Daegu's Samsung Lions Park, the NC Dinos exited Champions Field with heads bowed. The Kia Tigers had just wrapped up a dominating sweep, recording a comfortable 7-1 win to stretch their lead at the top to a seemingly unassailable eight games*. Wednesday's collapse was… Continue reading The NC Dinos make the most of the All-Star break.
There is a highway from Incheon Airport that veers south before Seoul and eventually plants drivers and passengers to a small outpost on the border with Gyeonggi Province called Seoksu. As you make your way further from the airport and away from the new towns scaring the Incheon skyline, there is a stretch of road… Continue reading Munhak Baseball Stadium is much-loved, and it is easy to see why!
Now that the 2017 All Star break is over, we can look forward to the second half of what has been an enthralling season so far. The Kia Tigers defied the critics by marching to the summit and then staying there. Doosan Bears, back-to-back champions, have been stuck in 3rd gear but remain a decent… Continue reading The 2017 Korean Series champions are…..?
1. A week of mixed emotions I love baseball. I only got into the sport when I moved to Korea in 2009. Before then, my knowledge of the game was virtually non-existent. But last week's LG v Lotte series in Busan tested the patience a little. Not so much in baseball, but in the KBO.… Continue reading KBO observations from the last week of June.
1. Doosan v NC had just about everything. Riding the bus home on Sunday night in the Jamsil area, I saw plenty of young Doosan fans passed out in the arms of their parents. And who can blame them? The meeting of 3rd v 2nd was as close to a rollercoaster ride as you'll ever… Continue reading KBO observations form the 3rd week of June.
1. Are we about to see a new team reach the KBO summit soon? Despite a respectable 3 wins from 5 last week, the Kia Tigers' prolonged hold on top spot hasn't look this vulnerable for two months. The reason is that the NC Dinos are absolutely killing it now, winning 5 games last week… Continue reading 5 talking points from the second week of June: 6/5~6/11.