KBO fan information: Want to choose a favourite workforce? This is what it’s best to find out about all 10 squads

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With MLB nonetheless shut down because of the coronavirus pandemic and summer season shortly approaching, it’s possible you’ll end up lacking baseball quickly in case you aren’t already. Whereas we’re nonetheless ready on phrase a couple of return to play plan right here in North America, there was an Opening Day this week in South Korea.

The Korea Baseball Group (KBO) began its season on Tuesday and guess what? You are going to have the ability to tune into video games in case you’re motivated sufficient to get up and activate ESPN within the wee hours of the morning, or in case your sleep schedule is already so tousled that you simply routinely end up awake at four a.m.

Maybe you are within the KBO however wish to know what you are getting your self into first? Perhaps you wish to choose a workforce to root for thus you do not crawl away from bed to look at a bunch of freakin’ losers? Comprehensible, so I’ve received you lined. This is just a little little bit of treasured data about all 10 KBO groups as they head into a brand new season.

Doosan Bears (1982)

The Bears are the KBO’s first established workforce in addition to the primary champion in league historical past. They’re additionally the reigning champs and have been a little bit of a powerhouse within the KBO just lately, making the championship (Korean Sequence) in six of the previous seven seasons — profitable three titles in that span (six general). You could be referred to as a frontrunner in case you pull for them however, hey, profitable is extra enjoyable than not profitable.

Gamers to look at: Lee Younger-Ha, 22, is a rising ace. Outfielder Jae-hwan Kim hits bombs and can be in search of MLB employment this winter.

Kia Tigers (1982)

Not solely do the Tigers get nice fuel mileage with comparatively low MSRP listings, they’re additionally probably the most profitable workforce in KBO historical past. They’ve received a league-most 11 titles and, extremely, are nonetheless undefeated within the Korean Sequence with a pristine 11-Zero document. That being stated, their solely title of the previous decade got here in 2017, so I assume they’re form of just like the KBO model of the Yankees? No phrase on if their youthful followers like to brag about titles they weren’t alive to see.

Gamers to look at: Left-handed pitcher Hyun-jong Yang, 32, has been a Korean standout for years and was one of the best pitcher (and arguably one of the best participant) within the league final season in accordance with the primer posted by our R.J. Anderson:

The highest performer throughout the 2019 season, in accordance with STATIZ’s Wins Above Alternative metric, was Kia Tigers left-hander Hyeon-jong Yang. Yang, who posted a 2.29 ERA over 184 innings whereas hanging out practically 5 occasions as many batters as he walked, throws from an over-the-top slot. He deserves credit score for making strides together with his command, as he had walked a minimum of 5 per 9 innings in 5 of his first six seasons; he is walked 2.1 or fewer per 9 in every of his final three seasons.

LG Twins (1982)

Similar to their namesake in Minnesota, the LG Twins do not appear very fascinating.

Lotte Giants (1982)

The Giants are one of many KBO’s unique six groups and are seemingly the lovable losers of the bunch. They’re apparently the most well-liked workforce within the KBO regardless of having solely received two titles since 1982, making them the least profitable workforce of the unique six. They completed useless final within the league final season with a document of 48-93-3.

Nevertheless, they do have their strengths. In case you’re the form of one that likes to take vogue into your consideration, the Giants have one of the best uniforms in KBO in my view. Their wordmark is considerably just like the San Francisco Giants’ 80s period throwback script… it is a clear look.

They’ve a passionate fanbase and have a tendency to attract tremendous nicely, however that will not matter a lot this 12 months with the pandemic restrictions. Nevertheless, it needs to be famous that their mascot is an lovely seagull, and that is received to depend for one thing.

Gamers to look at: Jeon Jun-Woo is without doubt one of the most enjoyable leadoff hitters within the KBO and he does stuff like this…

Samsung Lions (1982)

The Lions have probably the most postseason appearances (27) and the second-most titles (eight) in KBO historical past. They went by means of a dominant stretch at first of this decade, profitable 4 straight championships from 2011-2014 and bookending that run with two runner-up finishes. Nevertheless, they have not certified for the playoffs since 2015 and completed eighth within the league standings final 12 months. Their emblem and shade scheme is just like the Detroit Lions, which could be very regarding.

Hanwha Eagles (1986)

The primary growth workforce within the KBO, the Eagles have not received a playoff sequence since 2007 and have solely certified as soon as throughout that point. Issues have not been good these days however they’ve a passionate fanbase and did have a interval of success from the 1990s to early 2000s after they have been nicknamed the “Dynamite Bats” due to the uncooked energy of their lineup and the town of Hanwha’s popularity for explosives manufacturing. That is fairly badass.

SK Wyverns (2000)

These guys have been wanting like one of the best workforce within the league final season however choked down the stretch. They blew a seven-game lead within the standings and completed tied with the Doosan Bears atop the desk with a document of 88-55-1. Then they have been swept within the first spherical of the playoffs. Tampa Bay Lightning followers, we have your workforce!

Gamers to look at: Nook infielder Jeong Choi is a profession .290 hitter with greater than 330 house runs and 1000 RBIs over 15 seasons.

He additionally might have a little bit of a mood, it appears. Who would not love a very good wild card?!

Kiwoom Heroes (2008)

The Heroes positioned third within the league standings final 12 months, ending only a few video games behind SK and Doosan. They finally made the Korean Sequence and fell simply in need of their first title in KBO historical past, however they have expertise and will make one other run this 12 months. Their main mascot is called “Teokdori (Mr. Jaw)” and is only a man with a giant jaw. Unsure what that is all about.

Gamers to look at: In response to our R.J. Anderson, SS Ha-seong Kim and OF Jung-hoo Lee might each be MLB prospects, with Kim being posted as early as this winter. In the meantime, Byung-ho Park led the league in homers final 12 months and he is an knowledgeable stage bat-flipper. That is all I have to know.

NC Dinos (2013)

I will be trustworthy with you, the Dinos have some very disappointing branding for a workforce named the Dinos. There’s not a single dinosaur (or perhaps a dino-mite) in sight on their uniforms or logos, however they do have some dinosaur mascots… they usually’re fairly rad. Don’t even consider mixing it up with Dandi the Tyrannosaurus in a dance battle except you are ready to get labored.

If these dancing dinosaurs cannot promote you, I am not even going to trouble attempting.

Gamers to look at: Left-handed pitcher Chang-mo Koo, 23, is a prolific strikeout artist on the mound. Catcher Eui-ji Yang was arguably one of the best place participant within the league final 12 months in accordance with our R.J. Anderson.

One of the best place participant was Eui-ji Yang, a catcher with the NC Dinos. He hit .354/.438/.574 with 20 house runs and extra walks than strikeouts. He was previously a member of the Doosan Bears, however he signed a four-year pact price roughly $10 million in December 2018. That represented the second-richest contract within the KBO, behind solely Dae-ho Lee’s take care of the Lotte Giants.

KT Wiz (2015)

The Wiz are the KBO’s latest workforce they usually completely stink. They’ve carried out nothing of word since getting into the league in 2015 however are a younger workforce with some promising gamers within the combine, so here is a possibility to get in on the bottom ground. In case you’re within the merch sport, their cap insignia is fairly superior. In case you’re within the mascot sport, they have a few horrifying demon issues.

Gamers to look at: They have a 20-year-old outfielder named Baek-ho Kang who is taken into account by many to be the way forward for the league.



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