The KBO teams and their Colorado Rockies comparisons
By Kevin Larson
It’s taken far too long for the players and owners to basically agree that Rob Manfred implementing a 60-game season is the right move.
The public battles that we all knew were leading nowhere have had me thirsting for baseball somewhere … anywhere. Luckily, South Korea found a way to still play baseball among this unprecedented pandemic and I, for one, am thankful for it.
The KBO (Korean Baseball Organization) is about 40 games deep in its schedule and it’s a fantastic source of early morning entertainment for those of you who fancy to wake up at 3:30 a.m. (Mountain time) on a weekday. I’ve nicknamed it “Insomnia Ball” as such, but I can’t knock it as I’ve certainly streamed it on my phone probably one or 27 times at 4:45 a.m. when I couldn’t get back to sleep. It’s probably the only time I’ll admit that the Eastern Time Zone is better for viewing a sport, but I digress.
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Between the pandemic leading to unruly negotiations between the MLBPA and MLB owners, plus the legalization of sports gambling in Colorado, it’s opened up the gates for a new league to gain my interests and the KBO has done just that. I’m hooked and it’s helping me with my greatly needed baseball fix. Not to mention that former Colorado Rockies pitcher Seunghwan Oh is actually back in the league with the Samsung Lions and another former Rockies player, Brandon Barnes, just signed a deal with the Hanwha Eagles. LOCAL CONNECTIONS!
But you need to know more about the KBO than that, though. So I’m going to introduce you to one player from each KBO team and give you their best Rockies player comparison based off the stat line they’ve put up so far this season. We’ll focus less on what we call “Import” players (generally former MLB players from the states) and instead focus on more of the homegrown South Korean talent that you may just see on an MLB roster some day soon.