Eric Thames (37), who left the ’40-40 club legend’ in the KBO League, announced his retirement. Then, the American media also highlighted his retirement.
On the 17th (Korean time), ‘MLB Trade Rumors (MLBTR)’, a major league media outlet, announced the news of Thames’ retirement and cited ‘going to Korea’ as the most decisive moment in his baseball life.
‘MLBTR’ said, “Thames signed 카지노사이트a contract with the NC Dinos of the KBO League in 2014, and this changed his career.” He returned to the major leagues. He brought much of his success in Korea to the United States,” pointing out that his trip to Korea was a turning point in his baseball life.
Wasn’t the three years in Korea the most intense time in Thames’ baseball life? ‘MLBTR’ also said, “Thames’ major league career is 96 home runs, 18 stolen bases, 451 hits, 286 runs scored, and 235 RBIs. He will be best remembered for his three magical years in the KBO League.”
In 2012, when he played for the Toronto Blue Jays and Seattle Mariners, he did not stand out with a batting average of .232, 9 home runs, and 25 RBIs. A golden return to the major leagues in 2017 was possible. In particular, his batting average of .381, 47 homers, 140 RBIs and 40 stolen bases in 2015 remains a legend even today. Thames is the first and only member of the 40 home run-40 stolen base club in KBO league history.
Thames, who showed a performance that exceeded expectations with a batting average of .247 with 31 homers and 63 RBIs in Milwaukee in 2017, batted .219 with 16 homers and 37 RBIs in 2018, and showed off his power with a batting average of .247 with 25 homers and 61 RBIs in 2019. 203 batting average with 3 homers and 12 RBIs at the Washington Nationals in 2017, and he was unable to enter the major leagues again. In 2021, he headed to the Yomiuri Giants of Japanese professional baseball, but suffered an unfortunate ordeal of right Achilles tendon rupture in the first game of his debut. This also adversely affected his recovery.
On the 16th, Thames announced his retirement directly on his social media account, saying, “I plan to visit Korea often, and if you see me, please do not hesitate to say hello”, revealing that you will continue your relationship with Korea. Even now, he cannot forget the thrilling moment in Korea.