2018 KBO League season

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2018 KBO League
2018 KBO League season.png
LeagueKBO League
SportBaseball
DurationMarch 24 – October 14
Number of games144 per team
Number of teams10
Total attendance8,073,742
Regular Season
Season championsDoosan Bears
Season MVPKim Jae-hwan (Doosan)
Postseason
Wild Card championsNexen Heroes
  Wild Card runners-upKIA Tigers
Semi-playoffs championsNexen Heroes
  Semi-playoffs runners-upHanwha Eagles
Playoffs championsSK Wyverns
  Playoffs runners-upNexen Heroes
Korean Series
ChampionsSK Wyverns
  Runners-upDoosan Bears
Finals MVPHan Dong-min (SK)
KBO League seasons

The 2018 KBO League season was the 37th season in the history of the KBO League.

Standings[edit]

Rank Team W L D Pct. GB Postseason
1 Doosan Bears 93 51 0 .646 Korean Series
2 SK Wyverns 78 65 1 .545 14.5 Playoff
3 Hanwha Eagles 77 67 0 .535 16.0 Semi-playoff
4 Nexen Heroes 75 69 0 .521 18.0 Wild Card
5 KIA Tigers 70 74 0 .486 23.0
6 Samsung Lions 68 72 4 .486 23.0 Did not qualify
7 Lotte Giants 68 74 2 .479 24.0
8 LG Twins 67 75 1 .472 24.5
9 KT Wiz 59 82 3 .420 32.5
10 NC Dinos 58 85 1 .406 34.5

Source[1]

League Leaders[edit]

Foreign players[edit]

Each team can sign up to three foreign players. Due to the high proportion of pitchers signed in previous years, beginning in 2014 the league has mandated that at least one of the foreign players must be a position player.

Team Player Position In KBO since Salary Notes
Samsung Lions Tim Adleman Pitcher 2018 $1,050,000
Lisalverto Bonilla Pitcher 2018 $700,000
Darin Ruf Infielder 2017 $1,500,000
NC Dinos Logan Verrett Pitcher 2018 $800,000
Wei-Chung Wang Pitcher 2018 $900,000
Xavier Scruggs Infielder 2017 $1,300,000
Doosan Bears Seth Frankoff Pitcher 2018 $850,000
Josh Lindblom Pitcher 2015 $1,450,000
Jimmy Paredes Infielder 2018 $800,000 Released
Scott Van Slyke Outfielder 2018 $320,000 Mid-season signing
Nexen Heroes Esmil Rogers Pitcher 2015 $1,500,000 Released
Jake Brigham Pitcher 2017 $650,000
Michael Choice Outfielder 2017 $600,000 Released
Eric Hacker Pitcher 2013 $300,000 Mid-season signing
Jerry Sands Outfielder 2018 $100,000 Mid-season signing
SK Wyverns Merrill Kelly Pitcher 2015 $1,750,000
Ángel Sánchez Pitcher 2018 $1,100,000
Jamie Romak Infielder 2017 $850,000
Hanwha Eagles Keyvius Sampson Pitcher 2018 $700,000
Jason Wheeler Pitcher 2018 $575,000 Released
Jared Hoying Outfielder 2018 $700,000
David Hale Pitcher 2018 $500,000 Mid-season signing
Kia Tigers Héctor Noesí Pitcher 2016 $2,000,000
Pat Dean Pitcher 2017 $925,000
Roger Bernadina Outfielder 2017 $1,100,000
Lotte Giants Brooks Raley Pitcher 2015 $1,170,000
Félix Doubront Pitcher 2018 $1,000,000
Andy Burns Infielder 2017 $730,000
LG Twins Henry Sosa Pitcher 2012 $1,200,000
Tyler Wilson Pitcher 2018 $800,000
Adonis García Infielder 2018 $800,000
KT Wiz Ryan Feierabend Pitcher 2015 $1,050,000
Dustin Nippert Pitcher 2011 $1,000,000
Mel Rojas Jr. Outfielder 2017 $1,000,000

Foreign hitters[edit]

Team Player Batting
Average
Home Runs RBI Notes
Doosan Bears Jimmy Paredes .138 1 4 Released by the team
Scott Van Slyke .128 1 4 Signed to replace Jimmy Paredes
Hanwha Eagles Jared Hoying .306 30 110
Kia Tigers Roger Bernadina .315 20 70
KT Wiz Mel Rojas Jr. .305 43 114
LG Twins Adonis Garcia .339 8 34
Lotte Giants Andy Burns .303 15 57
NC Dinos Xavier Scruggs .257 26 97
Nexen Heroes Michael Choice .258 17 61 Released by the team
Jerry Sands .314 12 37 Signed to replace Michael Choice
Samsung Lions Darin Ruf .330 33 125
SK Wyverns Jamie Romak .316 43 107

Postseason[edit]

  Wild Card Semi-playoff Playoff Korean Series
                                     
  1 Doosan Bears 2
  2 SK Wyverns 3     2 SK Wyverns 4
  3 Hanwha Eagles 1     4 Nexen Heroes 2
  4 Nexen Heroes 2     4 Nexen Heroes 3
  5 KIA Tigers 0

Wild Card[edit]

The series started with a 1–0 advantage for the fourth-placed team.

Nexen Heroes (2) vs. KIA Tigers (0)

Game Date Score Location Time Attendance 
1 October 16 KIA Tigers – 6, Nexen Heroes10 Gocheok Sky Dome 3:42 15,915

Semi-Playoff[edit]

Hanwha Eagles (1) vs. Nexen Heroes (3)

Game Date Score Location Time Attendance 
1 October 19 Nexen Heroes3, Hanwha Eagles – 2 Daejeon Hanbat Baseball Stadium 4:15 12,400 
2 October 20 Nexen Heroes7, Hanwha Eagles – 5 Daejeon Hanbat Baseball Stadium 4:28 12,400 
3 October 22 Hanwha Eagles4, Nexen Heroes – 3 Gocheok Sky Dome 3:46 16,300 
4 October 23 Hanwha Eagles – 2, Nexen Heroes5 Gocheok Sky Dome 3:41 16,300

Playoff[edit]

SK Wyverns (3) vs. Nexen Heroes (2)

Game Date Score Location Time Attendance 
1 October 27 Nexen Heroes – 8, SK Wyverns10 Munhak Baseball Stadium 3:54 24,219 
2 October 28 Nexen Heroes – 1, SK Wyverns5 Munhak Baseball Stadium 3:22 23,642 
3 October 30 SK Wyverns – 2, Nexen Heroes3 Gocheok Sky Dome 3:04 13,839 
4 October 31 SK Wyverns – 2, Nexen Heroes4 Gocheok Sky Dome 3:19 11,683 
5 November 2 Nexen Heroes – 10, SK Wyverns11 (10) Munhak Baseball Stadium 4:54 18,562

Korean Series[edit]

Doosan Bears (2) vs. SK Wyverns (4)

Game Date Score Location Time Attendance 
1 November 4 SK Wyverns7, Doosan Bears – 3 Jamsil Baseball Stadium 3:58 25,000 
2 November 5 SK Wyverns – 3, Doosan Bears7 Jamsil Baseball Stadium 3:14 25,000 
3 November 7 Doosan Bears – 2, SK Wyverns7 Munhak Baseball Stadium 3:22 25,000 
4 November 9 Doosan Bears2, SK Wyverns – 1 Munhak Baseball Stadium 3:07 25,000 
5 November 10 Doosan Bears – 1, SK Wyverns4 Munhak Baseball Stadium 3:08 25,000 
6 November 12 SK Wyverns5, Doosan Bears – 4 (13) Jamsil Baseball Stadium 5:07 25,000

Attendances[edit]

Team Total attendance Home average Change vs. 2017
Doosan Bears 1,112,066 15,445 2 %
LG Twins 1,108,677 15,398 −2 %
SK Wyverns 1,037,211 14,406 16 %
Lotte Giants 901,634 12,523 −13 %
KIA Tigers 861,729 11,968 −16 %
Samsung Lions 752,310 10,449 7 %
Hanwha Eagles 734,110 10,196 24 %
KT Wiz 668,559 9,286 −3 %
Nexen Heroes 454,574 6,314 −35 %
NC Dinos 442,872 6,151 −17 %
Total 8,073,742 11,214 -4 %

References[edit]

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