The arrival of new shortstop Addison Russell has breathed new life into the Kiwoom Heroes,on a six-game winning streak and rising quickly as the KBO reaches the halfway point. The Heroes are now only four games behind the NC Dinos.
In his Korean debut on Tuesday, former major league All-Star shortstop Addison Russell got a lot of firsts out of the way. He got his first hit, scored his first run and delivered his first RBI in the KBO.
This season, two unexpected names in the KBO are competing for the ERA title. Last season, the ERA race was firmly between Josh Lindblom, formerly of the Doosan Bears, and Yang Hyeon-jong of the Kia Tigers.
By many measures, the Kiwoom Heroes have had one of the best bullpens in Korean baseball so far this season. But there's more to that story: Their bullpen has also been the most overworked, never more so than in July.
Most young pitchers who begin their professional careers in the bullpen say their ultimate goal is to be a starter. It's a far more glamorous job, as starters receive all the spotlight and glory while middle relievers are largely forgotten.
None of the 10 KBO clubs managed to sweep their weekend series, but Kiwoom Heroes’ slugger Park Byung-ho did manage to set a new KBO record. By hitting a home run against the KT Wiz on Sunday, Park recorded his 300th career homer.
Besieged by mounting criticism over his past drunk driving cases, embattled former big leaguer Kang Jung-ho has abandoned his comeback bid with the top Korean league.
For 22-year-old catcher Joo Hyo-sang, having two veteran backstops above him on the Kiwoom Heroes' depth chart is both a curse and a blessing. It's a curse because Joo, in his fifth KBO season, hasn't been getting much playing time.
Former major leaguer Kang Jung-ho kicked off his bid to return to the KBO with a press conference on Tuesday where he apologized for the lengthy rap sheet that caused him to lose his U.S. visa and ultimately crash out of the MLB.
The Kiwoom Heroes on Saturday defended their signing of a former major league player with a history of domestic abuse, saying the case wasn't as serious as it had been known.