Lady Umpire Spotted at Exhibition Game

Today a lady umpire is spotted at exhibition game of Hwaseong Heroes vs Goyang Wonders~ How awesome is it? In Korea there are 40 female baseball team. It's about the time female umpires are given more chance to perform in official games, KBO~ ^^ A little bit more... Ladies!!


credit: BaseballinKorea@twitter


[Easy Understanding] Baseball Acronyms (Batter and Pitcher)

Baseball game is complicated, but the statistics even drive you crazy, not mentioning the acronyms used. Here are some most often used acronyms with easy explanations. Let's learn something~! 

Batting Acronyms
R = Runs (times the player personally touched home plate)
1B = Single (player hits safely and reaches first base)
2B = Double (player hits safely and reaches second base)
3B = Triple (player hits safely and reaches third base)
HR = Home Run (player hits safely and reaches home plate on the same play)
RBI = Run Batted In (batter makes a play that causes a base runner to reach home plate. Most commonly, this happens through a base hit, a walk (base on balls), or sacrifice.)
SB = Stolen Base (base runner moves from the base they started the play on to the next base - either second, third or home – without the batter hitting the ball)
BB = Base on Balls (commonly called a ‘Walk’) – Once four pitches have been called “ball” by the umpire, the batter gets to go to first base without a hit.
K = Strike Out (a third strike other than a foul ball causes the batter to be “out”. A backwards K suggests the batter struck out by just looking at the strike, not swinging).
E = Error (A fielder makes a mistake that allows a baserunner or batter advance to the next base when the player should have been “out”)
AVG = Batting Average (for example .300 – this is the decimal representation of the percentage of times that a batter gets a hit versus the number of times he has an “at bat”. An AVG of .300 means the batter gets a hit 3 out of 10 times at bat)

Pitching Acronyms
W = Win (If the pitcher’s team takes the lead any time before he is no longer the current pitcher, and the team maintains any lead until the end of the game, that pitcher gets credit for the team win.)
L = Loss (If the pitcher allows a run, earned or unearned, that gives the opposing team a lead, and that opposing team maintains any lead until the end of the game, that pitcher gets credit for his team’s loss.)
CG = Complete Game (The pitcher who starts a game records every out against the opposing team until the end of the game is considered to have pitched a complete game. A pitcher can have a complete game and earn either a win or a loss)
SHO = Shutout (The starting pitcher does not give up a run and pitches a complete game. A shutout can only be a win for that pitcher.)
SV = Save (A relief pitcher records the last three outs of the game when his team has a lead of three runs or less. Also, if he records the final one to three outs at the end of the game once coming in to pitch after the potential tying run is next to bat. Finally, if he pitches the final three innings in a game and maintains the lead that ultimately wins the game.)
ER = Earned Run (A pitcher allows a run when no error by his defense is involved. If a pitcher leaves the game with men on base whom he allowed, and the next pitcher is unable to keep those base runners from scoring, the runs are attributed to the original pitcher.)
BB = Base on Balls or Walk (A pitcher throws four pitches called a “Ball” in one plate appearance before the batter reaches base safely otherwise or is called out.)
K = Strikeout (A pitcher throws at least three pitches that are called a “Strike” with the final strike occurring some way other than a foul ball.)
HLD = Hold (A relief pitcher records at least one out with his team holding no more than a three run lead, and does not give up that lead.)
ERA = Earned Run Average (The number of earned runs a pitcher allows over a nine inning span of pitching. Those nine innings can take place over an indefinite number of appearances.)
WHIP = Walks and Hits per Inning Pitched (For every three outs a pitcher records, how many combined hits and walks he allows.)

source: here


How can you not get romantic about baseball?

If you're a baseball fan, you would hear this quote once or twice written or spoken by someone about something baseball related. I did not know what it means and why people said it, but little by little I start to understand. I mean, I don't know how about you guys, but to me baseball is important, Korean baseball in particular.

This morning I found a tweet from #DoosanBears hashtag with a pic of one of Doosan Bears players named Oh Jaeil (former infielder of Nexen Heroes) with two hands of Nexen coach on his ears. I can't help not to feel deeply touched. *wipes tears* Baseball coaches are really like fathers, daddies, especially those specific coach (pitcher coach, catcher coach, etc) for the players. They are just extremely close to each other. Coach often remembers players' statistics and they care a lot for them as well. This picture below, a coach from Nexen Heroes shows his caring towards Oh Jaeil by closing Oh Jaeil's ears preventing them to get stiff because of the cold weather. And as you can see, they are from different teams, but the bond just never fade away although Jaeil was transferred to other team. 

Nexen Heroes fans are very passionate about their baseball team. On 2011, there were some fans strike regarding players trades and transfers, up to the level where those players are permanently banned from watching Nexen at their home stadium, Mokdong Baseball Stadium. I guess the players themselves are really close to each other and the relationship with the fans are warm. 

On 2013 when I first realized that Doosan Bears got a new player traded from Nexen Heroes (Nexen got Doosan's Lee Sungyeol and Doosan got Nexen's Oh Jaeil, both are player number #36), I couldn't help but thinking "Who the heck is this guy? Why is he here?"... but when I saw him at Post Season games, I came to the realization that Oh Jaeil has become a part of Doosan Bears. Doosan players have accepted him as a part of the team and he did their best for the team as well. 

Dear Oh Jaeil, pardon my lacking of acceptance but I love you the way I love other Doosan players. I hope you enjoy your stay and not thinking to go anywhere ;) 


그게 사실인가봐... ㅠㅠ

From this following news [click here]
(retyped in case of article deletion from the website)

잠실 아이돌, 누가 뭐래도 두산의 정수빈은 ‘곰군단’의 아이콘이다. 하지만 지난 시즌까지 정수빈은 사실상 백업 선수였다. 그런 정수빈이 외야수에 빠른 발이 겹치는, 역시 ‘두산’하면 떠오르는 선수였던 이종욱과 역시 베테랑 외야수인 임재철까지 다른 팀으로 가면서 새로운 기회를 잡았다. 그는 “프로에 온 이후 이런 기회가 한번은 올 것이라는 생각을 했다. 많은 준비를 했고, 공백을 메운다는 생각보다 이종욱 선배보다 더 잘한다는 이야기를 듣고 싶다”고 당찬 포부를 밝혔다.그간 정수빈은 팀 내에서 그 누구보다 많은 인기를 얻어왔다. 귀여운 외모에 투수 출신으로 강견을 바탕으로 한 뛰어난 수비를 겸비한데다 타고난 주루 센스를 이용한 도루 능력까지, 팬들의 심장을 뛰게할 만한 요소를 갖춘 선수였다. 특히 지난 포스트시즌에는 큰 경기에 유난히 강한 모습을 보여주면서 한국시리즈 1회 선두타자 홈런이라는 새로운 기록을 작성하기도 했다.하지만 타격 능력은 아직 부족한 부분이 있다. 정수빈이 극복해야할 선배가 된 이종욱은 빠른 발, 좋은 수비에 더해 무슨 수를 써서라도 출루를 하는 타격 능력을 갖춘 선수였다. 정수빈 역시 그에 대해 잘 알고 있고 자신감도 있다. “상위타선에 기용될 가능성이 높은 만큼 선구안에 집중해 출루율을 높이고, 변화구 능력에 대처하기 위해 코칭스태프와 함께 고민하고 있다”고 말했다. 지난 시즌에도 정수빈은 이 부분에 대해 연구를 해왔다. 125경기에 출전해 이전 시즌(101경기)보다 많은 경기에 출전했지만 삼진은 46개에서 29개로 줄어들었다. 무엇보다 두산 내에서 그는 “어쨌든 병살은 안 치는 선수”로 인식되어 있다. 빠른 발을 이용해 내야안타라도 만들어내는 선수이기 때문이다. 내년 시즌에는 출루율을 높이면서 안타를 생산하는 능력까지 더욱 높이려고 애쓰고 있다. 그러면서도 다가오는 시즌, 가장 강력한 리드오프 후보로 꼽히는 것에 대해 “우선 팀내 경쟁을 이겨내는 것이 우선”이라며 신중한 입장이다.두산의 ‘인기남’은 이번 시즌 “이종욱 선배와 비교되기보다는 ‘정수빈’이라는 이름 석자를 더 오래 기억하실 수 있도록 이종욱 선배의 활약을 뛰어넘고 싶다”는 각오를 밝히고 있다. 올해는 말띠, ‘청마’의 해다. 말띠 정수빈이 이번 시즌을 본격적으로 자신의 해로 만들 수 있을지 궁금해진다.김정란기자 peace@sportsseoul.com

It's an old article from Sport Seoul saying that Soobin was actually a backup player. I guess reality bites hard enough. I was asking a fan friend who is a fan of Oh Jaewon (other player, an infielder) what does she think about Soobin. I was quite surprised with her answer for she said Soobin is a great backup player. I don't think a fan of certain player can accept that her favorite player is a backup player. It was hurting and I keep on thinking why did my friend said that kind of hurtful thing to me. She knows I am an avid fan of Soobin and if I did the same thing to her, she would feel the same about me. I thought about it for a long time but deep down inside I admitted that it could be true since a left-outfielder position is actually belongs to three players (Im Jaechul, Min Byungheon) although in fact Soobin is quite flexible with his position as outfielder. He can go as right fielder replacing Kim Hyunsoo when he is moved as infielder and he can also do middle outfielder (midfielder) replacing Lee Jongwook. Now those two people are no longer in Doosan Bears, Lee Jongwook goes to NC Dinos and Im Jaechul moves to LG Twins, maybe a great chance finally comes to Soobin? I am not really sure but I have the faith. In some interviews he said that he has the confidence on his speed but he always has lack of confidence in his batting. That is true because it has never been a stable state of condition. One day he can do HR, another day like yesterday he can get struck out... while the bases were fully loaded.

I am a bit worried whether he can handle the situation of him no longer being a backup player. In one lineup sheet uploaded by Doosan Bears staff, he is placed as midfielder which is not his usual position.

How things will work out, now that he is no longer with his beloved Sunbaes. Who will support him, give him direction and pat his shoulder when he does mistakes. The chemistry between the trio Kim Hyunsoo (50), Lee Jongwook (39) and Soobin has been built more than 2 years and now everything change. I am really worried. Soobin seems also got the pressure from the circumstances. 

I wish you luck, Baby. I am sure you can get through this well. Don't get frustrated with the changes and be strong. I love you (though Gunwoo seems to steal people's attention, I always see you and seek after you with some stolen peeps to Gunwoo sometimes and also Minbaeng orabonim, LOL), you know that ^^