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.
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?
Long before you break down the performance of every team in the 2017 KBO season, and how they've fared against each other, one stat jumps off the page when you're looking at the current standings. That is how many teams have winning percentages above .500. The number currently stands at 7. There are 10 teams… Continue reading This season is wide open, and it is likely to be for years to come.
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 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.
Just in time for the weekend episode 8! We have a chat with kt fan William Seelbach and discuss player contracts and being sent down. Check it out!
In this special, election day episode of the GrandslamKBO podcast we discuss the past week in the KBO and the stadiums around the country with returning guest Matthew Care.
In 2016, the Nexen Heroes moved into the Gocheok Dome after their dilapidated and largely unloved Mokdong Stadium was deemed not up to standard for the KBO. The Heroes enjoyed a Renaissance period in their final seasons at Mokdong, regularly making the playoffs after years of being the punchline in every joke. They transferred that… Continue reading Seoul Gocheok Dome. In pictures.
A friend once said that the thing he enjoyed most about Jamsil Baseball Stadium was "the real sense of occasion" as he marched up the steps of exit 5 and into the uncontrolled chaos of kimbap venders, ticket touts and 26,000 people descending on one of Korea's most iconic venues. Fans unlucky to have missed… Continue reading Jamsil Yagujang. An appreciation.