The Korean League has concluded the 2023 regular season.
Major League Baseball’s 2023 regular season concluded on Oct. 2. Major League Baseball will take three days off before starting the first round of the postseason, the Wild Card Series, on October 4.
The Korean League has also finished its regular season, and everyone from the oldest player, Ryu Hyun-jin (TOR), to the youngest, Bae Ji-hwan (PIT), had a tough season.
Ryu is the only Korean League player whose season is not yet over. Ryu is heading into the fall with his team, Toronto, in the postseason after clinching the third American League wild card. Ryu returned from Tommy John surgery in August. After injuring his elbow last summer, Ryu wasn’t expected to do much due to his age. However, he was well-received in his comeback season, going 3-3 with a 3.46 ERA in 11 games and 52 innings pitched. Ryu, whose contract with Toronto ends after this year, has had a meaningful “last half” of his career.
However, his postseason prospects are not as bright. While he cruised after returning from injury, he has struggled in his last three games and the coaching staff’s confidence in him has waned. As a fifth starter with virtually no bullpen experience and poor recent form, it’s not unlikely that he won’t be given a postseason opportunity.
The second, Ji-Man Choi, has had a terrible year. After starting the season with the Pittsburgh Pirates, Choi had a falling out with the organization last winter over salary negotiations and his WBC appearance. He was injured early in the season and missed time, and after appearing in just 23 games (.205/.224/.507 6 HR, 11 RBI) for Pittsburgh, he was traded to the San Diego Padres in the summer. Once in San Diego, he struggled mightily, recording just two hits in 16 games (.065/.268/.097), eventually finishing the season with a dismal .163/.239/.385 line with six home runs and 13 RBI in 39 games.
In his third year in the big leagues, Ha-Sung Kim (SD) had his best year yet. In 152 games as San Diego’s starting center fielder, Kim hit .260/.351/.398 with 17 home runs, 60 RBI, and 38 stolen bases. A career-high season in his third year. His league-leading defense, as well as his tremendous improvement on the offensive side of the ball, made him the most improved player on San Diego’s roster. Although he slowed down after mid-August, dropping his batting average from a high of .290 in early August to .260, he has really increased his value. 레고토토
The youngest player, Bae Ji-hwan, also had a meaningful season. After playing 10 games in the big leagues last year, Bae made the opening roster this year and began his official rookie season. He split time between second base and center field and earned praise for his excellent baserunning. In May, he even posted a monthly batting average of over 3%. However, he was unable to maintain a consistent pace and was injured in early July, missing over a month. Showing signs of slowing down at the end of the season, Bae finished the year with a .231/.296/.311 line with two home runs, 32 RBI, and 24 stolen bases in 111 games.