Monday, August 19, 2013

From Around the Web August 2013

I came across a number of Korean baseball related sites and articles this month and just wanted to share some of what I found.

In foreign player news:

Lions sign ex-major league pitcher Caridad
The above is a Korea Herald piece about the Samsung signing of Esmailin Caridad.  He didn't have a very successful debut with the Lions, lasting only one and a third innings, while giving up 6 earned runs.

2 struggling foreign pitchers released
Pitchers Anthony Lerew and Aneury Rodriguez were released by their respective clubs.

Some KBO related news:

South Korea baseball hits home run with female fans
A CNN article about the rising popularity of the KBO among women in Korea.

Oh Seung-hwan continues to get scouted...
An article containing an update on the rumors surrounding Oh, Seung-Hwan's possible transfer to NPB or MLB.  I included an interview by him in the my July edition of Around the web.

KT Wiz name Cho as inaugural manager
The above article is about the hiring of the inaugural manager for the KT Wiz, Cho, Beom-hyun.

How the ball stayed in the park
This article is an opinion piece looking at some of the current problems in the KBO, especially it lack of English policy and ignorance on racism.

Scouting reports via I R Fast:

Kim, Sa-yul

Yang, Hyun-jong

Off the field news:

In case you missed them or wanted to read a little more about controversial remarks made by Kim, Tae-gyun about Shane Youman in the first half of the season here are two articles.

American Pitcher Shane Youman Reacts to Controversial Remarks

Youman ready to move past Kim's Mistake

Some Korean baseball related sites:
In depth coverage of the KBO in English, including news, information and opinions

Bang the Jang-gu Slowly
A personal blog about the Lotte Giants and Korean baseball

Coming to America Baseball
Website following the comings and goings of baseball players between North America and the Pacific Rim 

Monday, August 12, 2013

KBO Record Holders

The Korea Baseball Championship, the highest professional baseball league in Korea, started playing games in 1982.  Below are the all-time career leaders for batting and pitching.


Highest Batting Average
Jang, Hyo-jo (장효조)
Highest Slugging Percentage
Lee, Seung-yeop (이승엽)*
Yang, Jun-hyuk (양준혁)
Yang, Jun-hyuk (양준혁)
Jeon, Jun-ho (전준호)
Home runs
Lee, Seung-yeop (이승엽)*
Yang, Jun-hyuk (양준혁)
Yang, Jun-hyuk (양준혁)
Yang, Jun-hyuk (양준혁)
Stolen bases
Jeon, Jun-ho (전준호)
Yang, Jun-hyuk (양준혁)
Strike Outs
Park, Gyeong-wan (박경완)*
Hit by pitch
Park, Gyeong-wan (박경완)*


Highest Winning Percentage
Sun, Dong-yeol (선동열)
Lowest Career E.R.A.
Sun, Dong-Yeol (선동열)
Most Wins
Song, Jin-woo (송진우)
Most Complete Games
Yoon, Hak-gil (윤학길)
Most Complete Game Victory
Yoon, Hak-gil (윤학길)
Most Shutouts
Sun, Dong-Yeol (선동열)
Most Losses
Song, Jin-woo (송진우)
Most Saves
Oh, Seung-hwan (오승환)*
Most Innings Pitched
Song, Jin-woo (송진우)
Most Hits allowed
Song, Jin-woo (송진우)
Most Home Runs allowed
Song, Jin-woo (송진우)
Most Strikeouts
Song, Jin-woo (송진우)
Most Walks
Song, Jin-woo (송진우)
Most Hit Batsmen
Lee, Gang-cheol (이강철)
Most Earned Runs Allowed
Song, Jin-woo (송진우)
Most Runs Allowed
Song, Jin-woo (송진우)
Most Holds
Ryu, Taek-hyeon (류택현)*

* Still active

My source for this information was the KBO 개인통산 기록실.

As always, comments are welcome.

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Korean Baseball Resources and KBO in English

This page is meant to be a resource for people who are looking for Korean baseball information in English. While I personally focus on more historical related content, most of the links in this post are related to the KBO and contemporary baseball in Korea.  I will regularly update this post when I find new information and will try to make sure all the links are current.

English website for KBO Teams
Doosan Bears
SK Wyverns
Hanwha Eagles
Samsung Lions

Official KBO English Site
KBO's official English website

The most extensive and up-to-date site for information and news about Korean baseball.
A site about Korean baseball including information, news and opinions.  It is still a work in progress, but very impressive and extremely informative.

Baseball in Korea
Here is another new Korean baseball site that says it will be writing about Korean baseball in general, with a focus on the minor leagues, college and high school baseball.

Japanese Baseball
Despite it being a Japanese baseball site, the link above will take you to the KBO News Forum on the site. It's a great site with many very knowledgeable participants about baseball in general and especially baseball in Asia.

Coming to America Baseball
A blog that follows the comings and goings of players to and from the Pacific Rim and North America.  It also has a regular podcast hosted by Philip Riccobono.

This is Clint Hulsey's blog and he sometimes posts about the KBO.

True Stories of Korean Baseball
A blog with game highlights, information and news about the KBO that started in 2009. I have been told that there will be no new posts, however, there is still a great amount of information on it to be discovered.
**Update:  The blog has been restarted and will translate articles about Korean baseball from Korean to English.

This blog features information about baseball around the globe, from Latin America to Europe and Asia.  The above link will take you to the Korean archive, which is still active.

Busan Haps Magazine
An in-depth magazine and website that covers everything you could want to know about what's going on and what to do in Korea's second city (Busan). The link above brings you to their baseball coverage, primarily of the Lotte Giants.

Bang the Jang-gu Slowly
A personal blog by baseball fan 'Angry' Steve about the Lotte Giants and Korean baseball.

The Baseball Journeyman - KBO section last updated April 2012
Information about baseball in South Korea, especially good posts on the various stadiums and interviews with people about Korean baseball.

The Baseball Guru
This has some basic information about Korean baseball, but has not been updated in some time though.

A blog about baseball around the world, including some stuff on Korea.

Korean Baseball Blog - Last updated September 25, 2010
Only a total of 17 posts

Baseball Reference
Baseball Reference's page about the KBO. Has not been updated to include the new team, the NC Dinos, who joined the league in 2013.

You can find articles written about the current season in the sports section of the two largest Korean English newspapers and some other Korean news outlets:
The Korea Times
Korea Herald
Yonhap News

On Twitter
Mainly KBO

Baseball in Asia (some KBO)

Accounts that sometimes tweet about KBO

On Wikipedia
Current KBO Team Rosters - Current team rosters of KBO teams
Baseball Stadiums - A list of the baseball stadiums in South Korea
Korea Baseball Organization - Governing body for pro baseball leagues in Korea
Korea Baseball Championship - Also know as 프로야구, the highest level pro baseball league in Korea
Korea Baseball Futures League - Korean farm league
Korea Baseball Association - Governing body for amateur baseball in Korea

On Facebook
KBO in English
SABR Korea Chapter
Coming to America

Taking in a Game: The History of Baseball in Asia by Joseph A. Reaves
Baseball without Borders: The International Pastime

Once again, if you know of any information that is missing, please leave a comment or feel free to contact me and I will work on getting it up.