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Sunday, November 21, 2021

Everything clicks for KT Wiz in run to 1st Korean Series title

You know something is going right for your team when a backup infielder with one regular season home run goes deep in the title-clinching game.

Be it an unexpected homer, excellent starting pitching, shutdown bullpen or steady defense: virtually everything went the way of the KT Wiz in their run to the maiden Korean Series title this month.

The Wiz defeated the Doosan Bears 8-4 to complete a four-game sweep of the South Korean baseball championship series on Thursday.

No. 8 hitter Shin Bon-ki was the source of the unlikely home run in the clincher. Shin was in the lineup only because Park Kyung-su had been ruled out for season with a calf injury sustained in Wednesday’s game. And Shin showed no nerves in his first career Korean Series start.

And that was the running theme for the rest of the Wiz. They were playing in their first Korean Series as a franchise, and only two players had prior experience at this stage with other teams. But to a man, they played with the kind of poise and aplomb of veterans who’d been there and done that.

The Wiz made Korea Baseball Organization (KBO) history with their pitching. They’re the first team to have four different starting pitchers win a game apiece in a four-game Korean Series sweep.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: November 21, 2021 at 12:06 PM | 1 comment(s)
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Sunday, October 31, 2021

Canadian slugger Jamie Romak retires after 5 seasons in KBO

Jamie Romak, one of the most successful foreign hitters in South Korean baseball history, has announced his retirement after spending his final five seasons here.

The SSG Landers of the Korea Baseball Organization (KBO) said Sunday the Canadian slugger decided to call it a career following the end of the 2021 season the previous evening.

Romak, 36, batted .273 with 155 home runs and 409 RBIs in 626 games for the Landers, formerly known as the SK Wyverns under the previous ownership during Romak’s first four seasons with the franchise.

Romak is ranked third on the all-time home run list for foreign players, and no foreign player spent more years with the Landers franchise than the native of London, Ontario.

A fourth-round draft pick by the Atlanta Braves in 2003, Romak joined the then-Wyverns in the middle of the 2017 season, and made an immediate impact with 31 home runs in only 102 games.

He exploded for 43 home runs and 107 RBIs in 2018, while helping the Wyverns to the Korean Series championship.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: October 31, 2021 at 10:43 PM | 2 comment(s)
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