Films on Friday: Eric Thames on the KBO


Eric Thames is a Washington National now (having signed with the team in January), but from 2013 to 2017, he played for the NC Dinos in the Korea Baseball Organization. A couple weeks ago he spoke with the Mid-Atlantic Sports Network (MASN) about his time in South Korea:

Happy Friday!

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Hyun Soo Kim in Bowie


Since we’re nearing the end of Asian Pacific Heritage Month, let’s recall that time when my favorite Korean baseball player did a rehab stint with my favorite baseball team, the Bowie Baysox. In July 2016, he appeared in two games for the Baysox, going 2-for-7 with one home run (check out the abbreviated box scores below):

 

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Bowie Baysox, July 24, 2016

Player Pos AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO AVG
Hyun Soo Kim DH 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
    a- Austin Wynns PH-DH 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.25
Garabez Rosa RF 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 0.32
Chance Sisco C 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.32
Quincy Latimore LF 3 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 2 0.22
Sharlon Schoop 2B 4 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.21
Chris O’Brien 1B 3 0 1 0 0 0 1 1 1 0.21
Drew Dosch 3B 3 0 1 1 0 0 1 1 1 0.24
Adrian Marin SS 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0.25
Jay Gonzalez CF 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.17
Totals 30 2 6 1 0 0 2 4 11 0.26

a-Flied out for Kim in the 7th.

 

Bowie Baysox, July 25, 2016

Player Pos AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO AVG
Drew Dosch 3B 4 2 1 0 0 1 1 1 0 0.244
Hyun Soo Kim LF 4 1 2 0 0 1 2 0 0 0.286
    Quincy Latimore LF 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0.223
Garabez Rosa RF 5 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.321
Chance Sisco DH 5 2 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 0.322
Sharlon Schoop 2B 4 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.243
Joey Terdoslavich 1B 3 1 2 0 0 1 4 2 0 0.240
Chris O’Brien C 4 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 0.208
Adrian Marin SS 5 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0.243
Jay Gonzalez CF 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0.133
Totals 37 9 11 1 0 3 9 6 4 0.264

 

Stat-urday, 5/23/2020


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Manny Ramirez with the Rhinos in 2013. Photo by P5693852 via Wikipedia.

Its nearly the end of May and we still have no baseball in the United States. Fortunately, we do have daily broadcasts of the Chinese Professional Baseball League and the Korea Baseball Organization. So, now all we need is some stats to study.

Fortunately, Sports Reference has updated their stats on the CPBL going back to its first season in 1990. (If you’re looking for the history of the KBO, those stats are also on Baseball Reference.) For example, if you want to learn more about the 2013 CPBL season, when Manny Ramirez appeared in 49 games for the EDA Rhinos, you can get all the stats you want, including the league batting leagues for the season:

 

Rk Name Age Tm G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
1 Yi-Quan Lin 27 EDA 113 462 417 66 149 26 0 18 79 4 5 38 42 0.357 0.409 0.549 0.958
2 Manny Ramirez 41 EDA 49 206 182 24 64 13 0 8 43 0 0 21 21 0.352 0.422 0.555 0.977
3 Kuo Hui Lo 27 EDA 102 398 357 60 125 31 2 14 65 5 3 34 45 0.350 0.411 0.566 0.976
4 Chin-lung Hu 29 EDA 99 414 393 71 135 27 3 5 38 12 1 15 24 0.344 0.368 0.466 0.834
5 Hong-Yu Lin 27 LNW 112 454 402 68 138 22 2 12 73 2 0 34 79 0.343 0.407 0.498 0.905
6 Chih-Sheng Lin 31 LNW 48 191 164 31 56 13 2 5 29 10 2 23 25 0.341 0.424 0.537 0.961
7 Zong-Nan Lin 31 EDA 72 275 241 37 77 13 2 1 30 6 4 22 31 0.320 0.378 0.402 0.781
8 Zheng-Min Peng 34 BTH 116 469 403 60 128 25 0 10 74 15 6 60 63 0.318 0.409 0.454 0.863
9 Si-Qi Zhou* 31 BTH 105 443 399 49 126 24 3 8 54 6 0 34 57 0.316 0.370 0.451 0.821
10 Yung-Chi Chen 29 UPR 101 433 385 71 121 17 2 9 51 18 2 40 46 0.314 0.376 0.439 0.815
11 Xiu-Yan Kuo 27 LNW 60 223 204 19 64 4 2 1 26 3 2 10 25 0.314 0.342 0.368 0.710
12 Zhao-Xing Zheng 36 EDA 100 350 319 35 100 21 0 0 38 3 2 19 28 0.313 0.351 0.379 0.730
13 Zhi-Gang Kao 32 UPR 90 316 284 47 88 15 0 1 30 5 2 22 38 0.310 0.366 0.373 0.739
14 Zhi-Wei Deng 24 UPR 106 398 370 52 114 29 2 10 59 1 1 25 72 0.308 0.357 0.478 0.835
15 Zhi-Xiang Lin 26 UPR 99 388 351 48 108 10 3 1 50 23 7 24 38 0.308 0.352 0.362 0.714
16 Zheng-Wei Zhang* 26 BTH 98 433 402 50 124 15 3 0 32 16 7 21 40 0.308 0.350 0.361 0.710
17 Xuan-Ren Xie* 27 LNW 75 212 186 25 56 6 0 0 19 17 4 20 30 0.301 0.373 0.333 0.707
18 Wux-Iong Pan* 32 UPR 74 287 253 32 76 13 1 2 43 4 1 33 36 0.300 0.383 0.383 0.767
19 Kuo-Qing Kao 34 UPR 112 447 418 53 123 19 0 6 46 3 0 24 64 0.294 0.331 0.383 0.714
20 Chin-Feng Chen 35 LNW 49 186 167 19 49 12 2 6 23 0 2 13 40 0.293 0.349 0.497 0.846
21 Tai-Shan Chang 36 UPR 119 501 470 58 136 31 1 9 90 1 1 22 53 0.289 0.323 0.417 0.740
22 Da-Hong Zheng 32 EDA 107 345 304 54 88 18 3 0 32 17 4 25 37 0.289 0.351 0.368 0.719
23 Jian-Yu Kuo 28 BTH 101 401 368 38 106 7 3 0 24 8 8 23 73 0.288 0.331 0.323 0.654
24 Zhi-Ping Lin 28 LNW 101 382 343 45 98 14 2 0 30 12 5 31 48 0.286 0.347 0.338 0.686
25 Jun-Hui Chen 32 UPR 51 138 129 20 36 6 0 4 17 1 0 3 27 0.279 0.319 0.419 0.737

Happy Stat-urday!

~ baseballrebecca

The Baseball Sociologist Celebrates Asian Pacific Heritage Month


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Masahiro Tanaka pitching for the Ratuten Golden Eagles in 2007. Photo courtesy of Wikipedia.

I’ve been posting about the Chinese Professional Baseball League, Korea Baseball Organization, Hyun Soo Kim, and related topics for weeks now. In fact, every May, I’ve written something in honor of Asian Pacific Heritage Month. To organize this growing body of blog posts, I’ve put together some links to the posts I’ve written over the years about Asian Pacific Islanders; professional baseball in Japan, Korea, and Taiwan; and players from Asian countries, American Samoa, and Hawaii. Check out the links below!

Happy Asian Pacific Heritage Month!

~ baseballrebecca

Baseball Sociologist Posts on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (date  published appears in parentheses):

American Samoa

Hawaii

 

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Ichiro Suzuki in 2017. Photo by Johnmaxmena2 via Wikipedia.

Japan

Korea

Taiwan

U.S. players in Japan, Korean, and Taiwan

MLB and MiLB Heritage Celebrations: Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders

Other

 

 

RiverDogs Partner with the Lions


Joseph P. Riley, Jr., Park, “The Joe,” Home of the Charleston RiverDogs (photo courtesy of the City of Charleston, South Carolina).

Yesterday, the Charleston RiverDogs, single-A affiliate of the New York Yankees, announced a new partnership with the Samsung Lions of the Korea Baseball Organization (KBO).  The team noted: “This mutually beneficial relationship between the two organizations is set to begin immediately with the main objective of encouraging fans to ‘adopt’ the Samsung Lions as the Charleston RiverDogs’ partner team. The two teams will work together to cultivate a fanbase of Lions fans in the Charleston-area, as Lowcountry baseball fans anticipate the return of baseball at Joseph P. Riley Jr., Park.” The partnership is a result of a 2018 visit of the Samsung Lions front-office staff to the RiverDogs and Charleston, South Carolina.

The press release further noted the highlights of the partnership:

  • Posting of Samsung Lions team information on RiverDogs’ media outlets
  • Educating fans about the KBO and the similarities and differences of baseball in another country
  • Promotions conducted jointly by the two teams via social media, allowing fans to learn more about the Samsung Lions
  • A RiverDogs “To-Go from The Joe” Korean food collaboration with the Samsung Lions
  • A merchandise collaboration between the RiverDogs and the Samsung Lions

Below are Tweets from the two teams regarding their partnership (note that the RiverDogs now spell out their Twitter handle in Korean):

Hopefully this will be the beginning of a beautiful friendship!

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Stat-urday, 5/16/2020


Since its Asian Pacific Heritage Month and all week long I’ve been telling you about Korean baseball players in Major League Baseball, today I thought I’d share some more stats and info about those players. The table below includes their age when they made their MLB debut, the number of MLB games they played during their careers, and the approximate years number of years they spent in Major League Baseball. I’ve also included info on the MLB teams they played for as well as their pre-MLB and post-MLB teams.

Happy Stat-urday!

~ baseballrebecca

Player Age at MLB Debut MLB Games Approx. Years in MLB Pre-MLB Team(s) MLB Team(s) Post-MLB Team(s)
Chan-ho Park 20 years, 282 days 479 17 none Dodgers (1994–2001, 2008), Rangers (2002-05), Padres (2005-06), Mets (2007), Phillies (2009), Yankees (2010), Pirates (2010) Orix Buffaloes (Japan) (2011), Hanwha Eagles (2012)
Jin-ho Cho 22 years, 323 days 13 1 none Boston Red Sox (1998-99) SK Wyverns (2003), Samsung Lions (2008-09); coach for Samsung Lions (2014-present)
Byung-hyun Kim 20 years, 128 days 394 9 none Diamondbacks (1999-2003, 2007), Red Sox (2003-04), Rockies (2005-07), Marlins (2007) Nexen Heroes (2012-13), Kia Tigers (2014-15)
Sang-hoon Lee 29 years, 110 days 9 0.5 LG Twins (1993-97), Chunichi Dragons (1998-99) Red Sox (2000) LG Twins (2002-03), SK Wyverns (2004)
Sun-woo Kim 23 years, 284 days 118 6 none Red Sox (2001-02), Expos/Nats (2002-05), Rockies (2005-06), Reds (2006) Doosan Bears (2008-13), LG Twins (2014)
Jung-keun Bong 21 years, 282 days 49 2 none Braves (2002-03), Reds (2004) LG Twins (2007-18)
Jae-weong Seo 25 years, 58 days 123 5 none Mets (2002-05), Dodgers (2006), Rays (2006-07) Kia Tigers (2008-15)
Hee-seop Choi 23 years, 171 days 363 4 none Cubs (2002-03), Marlins (2004), Dodgers (2004-05) Kia Tigers (2007-15)
Cha-seung Baek 24 years, 71 days 61 4 none Mariners (2004, 2006-08), Padres (2008) Signed with Orix Buffaloes 11/14/11, but did not play any games in 2012; released 10/5/12
Dae-sung Koo 35 years, 245 days 33 1 Binggrae Eagles/Hanwha Eagles (1993-2000), Orix BlueWave (2001-04) Mets (2005) Hanwha Eagles (2006-10), Sydney Blue Sox (2010-15); coach with Sydney Blue Sox (2016-17), manager with Geelong-Korea (2018-present)
Shin-soo Choo 22 years, 282 days 15+ none Mariners (2005-06), Indians (2006-12, Reds (2013), Rangers (2014-present) N/A
Jae-kuk Ryu 22 years, 349 days 28 2 none Cubs (2006), Rays (2007-08) LG Twins (2013-present)
Hyun-jin Ryu 26 years, 8 days 6+ Hanwha Eagles (2006-12) Dodgers (2013-14, 2016-19), Blue Jays (2020) N/A
Chang-yong Lim 37 years, 95 days 6 0.1 Haitai Tigers (1995-98), Samsung Lions (1999-2007), Tokyo Yakult Swallows (2008-12) Cubs (2013) Samsung Lions (2014-15), Kia Tigers (2016-18)
Jung-ho Kang 28 years, 3 days 297 3.5 Hyundai Unicorns (2006-07), Nexen Heroes (2008-14) Pirates (2015-16, 2018-19) none
Seung-hwan Oh 33 years, 263 days 232 4 Samsung Lions (2005-13), Hanshin Tigers (2014-15) Cardinals (2016-17), Blue Jays (2018), Rockies (2018-19) none
Dae-ho Lee 33 years, 288 days 104 1 Lotte Giants (2001-11), Orix Buffaloes (2012-13), Fukuoka SoftBank Hanks (2014-15) Mariners (2016) Lotte Giants (2017-present)
Byung-ho Park 29 years, 269 days 62 0.25 LG Twins (2005-06, 2009-11), Nexen Heroes (2011-15) Twins (2016) Nexen/Kiwoom Heroes (2018-present)
Ji-man Choi 24 years, 322 days 4+ none Angels (2016), Yankees (2017), Brewers (2018), Rays (2018-present) N/A
Hyun-soo Kim 28 years, 89 days 191 2 Doosan Bears (2006-15) Orioles (2016-17), Phillies (2017) LG Twins (2018-present)
Jae-gyun Hwang 29 years, 335 days 18 0.2 Hyundai Unicorns (2007), Nexen Heroes (2008-10), Lotte Giants (2010-17) Giants (2017) KT Wiz (2018-present)