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Tuesday, November 24, 2020

Dominant KBO season by NC Dinos culminates in Korean Series title

The NC Dinos climbed to first place on May 13, the ninth day of the regular season in the Korea Baseball Organization (KBO), and they never came down again as they claimed their first-ever pennant.

And the Dinos were crowned the Korean Series champions on Tuesday, as their dominant year culminated in the franchise’s first KBO title. With a 4-2 win on Tuesday, they knocked off the defending champions Doosan Bears in six games.

During the regular season, the bats kept the Dinos in front, while their pitching overcame some early season bullpen woes and showcased promising young arms.

They led all teams with 888 runs scored in 144 games, during which they also hit a league-best 187 home runs. They were tops in team on-base percentage (.366) and slugging percentage (.462).

The Dinos also became the first team in KBO history to produce three players with at least 30 home runs and 100 RBIs: Yang Eui-ji (33 homers and 124 RBIs), Na Sung-bum (34 homers and 112 RBIs) and Aaron Altherr (31 homers and 108 RBIs).

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: November 24, 2020 at 09:58 AM | 4 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. DFA Posted: November 26, 2020 at 12:23 AM (#5991230)
The last sentence from the TFA:

The competitive window may not be as wide open as the Dinos would like, but they crashed through that this year with force.

And they say journalism is dead!
   2. vortex of dissipation Posted: November 26, 2020 at 02:16 AM (#5991239)
I really enjoyed watching the KBO games this season. I watched a lot of games before MLB came back (usually with the sound turned down when they interviewed guests and ignored the game being played), but when MLB came back, I significantly cut back on the number of KBO games I watched. With the World Series over, I watched almost all of the KBO post-season games. It's great to be able to watch players, teams, and stadiums that you're not familiar with, and to learn about them. I'm assuming this is a one-time event for ESPN, but I'm glad I got the opportunity to see some professional baseball that I other would not have been able to.
   3. Brian C Posted: November 28, 2020 at 12:46 PM (#5991406)
Yeah although it's a shame that the initial KBO exposure in the US for most people were games without fans. One of my favorite memories from my trip to Seoul in 2018 was going to a same-stadium rivalry game between the Doosan Bears and LG Twins - just a completely different atmosphere than MLB games. Fans were into every single pitch, every player was treated like a star with their own theme song, etc. Everything felt so passionate and supportive and fun. Don't know how representative that is of the KBO as a whole, but it was a blast.
   4. Dr. Chaleeko Posted: November 28, 2020 at 09:49 PM (#5991452)
Re: #3

Sounds like what I’ve read about Hanshin Tigers games in NPB down to the Royal-Rooters-like cheering section and the theme songs for individual players. The book is titled, Sportworld of the Hanshin Tigers. It’s about fifteen years old now, and it’s by a sociologist who spent a year doing ethnography on the Tigers. It’s generally not dry academic writing, and it really gives an interesting view into NPB. Worth the read for those interested in Asian baseball, especially because Hanshin is like the Red Sox and the Steinbrenner Yankees rolled into a single rollicking baseball experience.

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