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KBO leaguers of yesteryear clash as national representatives

Twenty countries will participate in the WBC finals, which will begin in March. Foreign players who returned from playing in the KBO League are also preparing to compete. The most notable player is Dutch national team outfielder Roger Bernardina (39). Bernardina joined the KIA Tigers in 2016 and played for two years. A native of the major leagues, he was adored by fans for his quick feet, strong arm, and slugging power. He also contributed to KIA’s 11th Korean Series victory in 2017.

Bernardina is from Curaçao, the Netherlands, not the mainland. Nestled in the Caribbean Sea, Curacao is a small country with a population of 160,000. The Netherlands, which is difficult to build a team with only players from its home country, invites major leaguers from Curaçao and another island, Aruba, to participate in international competitions. Korea met the Netherlands twice and lost both times.

Left-handed pitcher Wang Wei-zhong (31), who throws a ball as fast as 150 km per hour, will also participate in the WBC. Wang Weizhong was highly anticipated to the extent that Scott Boras took over as an agent, but he did not become a major leaguer. 바카라사이트 When he joined the NC Dinos in 2018, he became the first Taiwanese KBO league player. That year, he went 7-10 with an ERA of 4.26 and left Korea after a year.The defending champion, the United States, also has a ‘Korean wave’. This is Meryl Kelly (35), who joined the SK Wyverns in 2015. Kelly, a former minor leaguer, recorded a career record of 48-32 with a 3.86 ERA in Korea and signed a contract with the Arizona Diamondbacks. Kelly, who won 13 games in his MLB debut season, went 13-8 last year while throwing over 200 innings.


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