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
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.
The 2017 KBO Series is over, and the Kia Tigers are the champions. However, GrandslamKBO keeps on rolling with a wrap-up of the Korean Series and game 5, a look ahead at some of the possible free-trade moves, and we go over the season as a whole. KBS sports commentator and star of DKTV Daniel… Continue reading GrandslamKBO Podcast Episode 32 – Daniel Kim
Brian and Andrew catch up on the action from games 1 and 2 in Gwangju on Wednesday and Thursday. They also preview game 3 with Pat Dean starting for the Kia Tigers and Michael Bowden starting for the Doosan Bears. Game 3 is on Saturday at 2:00 p.m. in Jamsil Stadium, Seoul. You can catch… Continue reading GrandslamKBO Episode 31- Korean Series Part II, Games 1 & 2
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?
"A Doosan series win in 5 to 6 games, all thanks to Ham Deok Ju. But I don't see a sweep either way." That's how Yonhap News sports writer Jeeho Yoo seems to think the Korean Series will end. Jeeho also highlighted the key players for both teams, their respective strengths and weaknesses, and when… Continue reading GrandslamKBO Podcast Episode 30 – Korean Series, JeeHo Yoo
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.
On Sunday at 2pm, Lotte Giants will host NC Dinos in an intriguing South-East play-off derby. Lotte surprised everyone this season, finishing third, ahead of their regional rivals. In our first play-off podcast of 2017, Andrew Farrell and Matthew Care look back on an exciting regular season, NC's rather unexpected hammering of SK Wyverns in… Continue reading GSKBO Play-off Podcast Special. Lotte Giants v NC Dinos.