In the latest in the KBO Doosan Bear News, one of their players was awarded as the top player in Korean Baseball. This was for the 2018 end-of-year awards of the Korean Baseball Organization, or the KBO. Doosan Bears’ slugger Kim Jae-hwan, who is considered as the best home run hitter in the league, won the League’s MVP award for the 2018 regular season. Kim earned 487 points out of 888 points in the media vote.
Players earn points for top-five votes. First place vote is worth 8 points, while the second-placer has 4 points, and so on. Another Doosan Bear player, Josh Lindblom, pitcher, was second place with 367 votes. Meanwhile, Park Byung-ho from the Nexen Heroes was third with 262 points. Kim has 51 first-place votes. Lindblom has 18. Another of the Doosan Bears, Yang Eui-ji, their catcher, has 13 votes for first place. It was one more than Park, however, Yang was fourth overall with 254 points.
Kim has been playing for 8 seasons. He has played 139 games, and has career highs of 44 home runs and 133 RBIs. The 30-year old player has also led the league in total bases at 346. He is also second in slugging percentage at .657. his OPS is at 1.062.
He also batted .334, with 104 home runs. This makes him the first ever player in the KBO to post a minimum .300 batting average, plus 30 homers, 100 RBIs and 100 runs that was scored in 3 seasons straight. What stands out, is that Kim has done so well despite playing at the Jamsil Stadium in Seoul. The Jamsil Stadium in known for being the largest, and hardest for hitters among all the venues in the KBO. You can find more iGaming news in Korea here, too.