‘Goodbye’ Thames, thanks to you, I enjoyed watching hot and good baseball

Eric Thames (37), considered the best foreign player in KBO league history, has officially announced his retirement.바카라사이트

On the 16th (Korean time), he announced his retirement through his SNS.

In particular, he drew attention by uploading his impressions in Korean for Korean fans and highlight videos of his NC Dinos days.

Thames said, “From worrying about retirement to signing with NC. All of this happened in a few days in 2013. I never thought I would fall in love with a country so quickly. I certainly had no idea how much fun it would be to play in the KBO. I really trained to the best of my ability for all the reasons to support you,” he remembered his time in Korea.

Born in 1986, Thames joined the Toronto Blue Jays in the 7th round of the 2008 draft and made his major league debut in 2011. However, he spent more time in the minors than in the majors.

His relationship with Korea was established in 2014. After receiving an offer from his new team, NC Dinos, he decided to go to Korea.

After that, Thames’ performance was ‘bombing’ itself.

He played for NC until 2016, recording a batting average of 0.349, 124 homers, 382 RBIs and 64 stolen bases in 390 KBO league careers over three years. He had a career on-base percentage of 0.451, a slugging percentage of 0.721, and an OPS of 1.172.

In the 2015 season, he was even MVP.

Thames succeeded in hitting 40 home runs and 40 stolen bases, unprecedented in the KBO League. The season’s performance was a batting average of 0.381, 47 homers, 140 RBIs, 130 runs, an on-base percentage of 0.498 and a slugging percentage of 0.790.

He was, of course, named MVP of the regular season.

Although the limitations of his new team were evident, Thames’ performance exceeded expectations.

In particular, since Na Seong-beom was still on the right track, it was comforting and comforting for NC fans to see him break down the opposing pitcher without giving in even in a situation where he was virtually in check.

What made Thames even greater was that he raised the status of the KBO League by performing outstandingly even after returning to the major leagues.

Thames returned to the MLB in 2017 when he signed with the Milwaukee Brewers. His accuracy didn’t match his KBO League days, but he had a successful 0.877 OPS season, hitting 31 home runs.

Since then, although his performance has declined little by little, he was no different from a pioneer who let people from the KBO league know that he could challenge the major leagues again.

It would not be an exaggeration to say that because of Thames, there was an opportunity to see active major leaguers in Korea who are seeking a rebound in the KBO League. Young and promising players are showing their will to try again in the major leagues based on their performance in the KBO League. That’s how much the KBO League is getting richer.

Thames loved Korea more than anyone else and expressed all of his love. He was loved by many not only for his baseball skills but also for his sincere attitude and humble attitude.

For the NC fans who were discouraged by the sadness of the new team, Thames was a source of pride. It could be said that it was more valuable than that.

Thames said, “Thank you so much for embracing me and the Dinos. No matter which KBO team you support, I love you all! I plan to visit Korea often, and if you see me, please do not hesitate to say hello!!”

‘Goodbye’ Thames, thanks to you, I enjoyed watching good baseball.