Wednesday, October 28, 2009

KBO Hands Out Some Hardware

The KBO gave out its two individual awards last night, MVP and Rookie of the Year.

KIA 3rd baseman Kim Sang-hyeon took home the MVP trophy with 79 out of the 90 available votes. Doosan left fielder Kim Hyeon-su got 7, LG outfielder Lee Yong-taek got 3 and SK ace Kim Kwang-hyeon got 1. Kim lead the league with 36 homers and 127 RBIs. He came in 5th place overall in OPS with a 1.011. 15 of his homers came during KIA's pennant push in August.

While Doosan Bears closer Lee Yong-chan won the Rookie of the Year award. Lee earned 42 votes while KIA 2nd baseman Ahn Chi-hong got 26. Lee won a runoff vote with Ahn because the KBO requires a clear majority. Lee was tied for the league lead in saves with 26. He posted a 4.20 ERA and a 1.28 WHIP in 51 innings pitched.

I was a little surprised by Lee winning because I didn't know they considered Lee to still be a rookie. He was with the big club for more than a month last year and it clearly says "2 years with the club" on his player page. That may or may not include time in the lower league. KIA 2nd baseman Ahn Chi-hong and Doosan outfielder Jeong Su-bin both have 0's in the field for years played. Whatever. Good for Lee.


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