The Korean Baseball season has kicked off, and ESPN is airing one (very early) game each day, some of which are featuring faces familiar to MLB viewers. It’s also a good glimpse into what baseball looks like without fans in the stands (many viewers of this week’s season opener commented it sounded like crowd noise was being piped into the stadium).
With that in mind, we have a few different primers to help you get accustomed to the KBO and it’s ten different teams, and help you decide if you want to pick an obvious frontrunner like the Bears or maybe a less obvious selection like the Tigers.
There are quite a few of these guides out there, in addition to the ones we’ve already shared in previous posts, so here are some highlights.
- Alex Fast at the Pitcher’s List gives his detailed breakdown of the KBO.
- At Baseball Prospectus, Patrick Dubuque has his version of a KBO introduction.
- At our sister site DRaysBay, Homin Lee offers a Korean local perspective on the KBO.
- Want something a bit more stat-heavy? ZiPS creator Dan Szymborski takes a look at the ZiPS projections for the KBO.
- Adam Peterson breaks down the first day of KBO play over at Purple Row.
- In a non-KBO focus, Mike Petriello shares the story of late-blooming pitcher George Brunet, and I LOVED this weird fact he tweeted.
And also this...
Brunet -- who, again, never wore underwear or a cup -- also participated in what I can only describe as the worst inning in the history of baseball.— Mike Petriello (@mike_petriello) May 5, 2020
That's *eight bases loaded walks* plus a bases loaded HBP.
MORE-> https://t.co/s6Eo9sP2GV pic.twitter.com/rk05JrJ82r
Truly, if you’re not following Mike Petriello on Twitter I’m not sure what you’re doing with your days, but it’s probably more productive than mine.
- Super agent Scott Boras headed to The New York Times to pen a missive on why baseball must return this year.
- Brittany Ghiroli shares the story of the Joe Maddon-helmed 2008 Tampa Bay Rays. (The Athletic subscription required.)
- Tawny Jarvi gets super, super old school with “The Ballad of Ray Caldwell” over at Twinkie Town.
- Dan Straily can still walk in a straight line.
Dan Straily passing the random KBO sobriety test. pic.twitter.com/Rr2hZTYdJI— Rob Friedman (@PitchingNinja) May 5, 2020
And tomorrow will be a better day than today, Buster. Make it so.