Friday’s Den: Everything I know about Korean baseball

— There are 10 teams in the KBO; top five make the playoffs. #1 seed gets a pass to their World Series. Six of last eight #1 seeds won the KBO championship.

— When the #4-seed plays the #5-seed, it is a best-of-3 series, but the #4-seed gets spotted a game, so the #5-seed has to win both games to advance. #4 seed only needs to win once.

— Teams are owned by big corporations, not rich people.

— League started in 1982; KIA Tigers have won the most titles (11), but had lousy years the last two seasons, so they fired their manager and brought in former major leaguer Matt Williams, who has the biggest salary for any manager in KBO history.

— Three of the ten teams have never won the KBO title.

— Game are declared a tie after 12 innings; for playoff games, 15 innings.

— There are some former major leaguers in the KBO; Dan Straily, Aaron Altherr, Tyler Saladino are recognizable names.

— If a KBO player tests positive for COVID-19, the league shuts down for three weeks.

— Base coaches and some umpires are wearing medical masks; the players aren’t.

— Every team plays the other nine teams 16 teams each; balanced schedule.

— Teams play six days a week, usually having Mondays off, but less so this year, since they’re trying to get all 144 games in, despite their late start.

— Doosan Bears and the LG Twins share Jamsil Stadium, much like the Clippers/Lakers share Staples Center.

— There are fewer power pitchers in the KBO; less strikeouts, more balls in play.

— NC Dinos catcher Yang Eui-ji hit .354 last year, with a 1.012 OPS

— Teams’ uniforms have lot of advertisements on them.

— Games will be televised six nights a week by ESPN, but night games in Korea mean a 5:30am start here in beautiful upstate New York— I’m not a morning person.

— Good to have live baseball though, even if it is without fans. I’ll start posting daily write-ups on games after teams have played 8-10 games. 

Author: Armadillo Sports

I've been involved in sports my whole life, now just write about them. I like to travel, mostly to Las Vegas- they have gambling there.