From last place to second place, a Golden Glove miracle is in danger of not happening.
KT Wiz had a “roller coaster” season this year. They were in last place for the first half of the season, but they turned things around with the acquisition of foreign pitcher Cuevas and began to climb, eventually finishing the regular season in second place. It would have been a best-case scenario if they had won the Korean Series, but they were knocked out by the LG Twins. They dropped the first two games of the playoffs to the NC Dinos, and were forced to play a five-game series. The bullpen was not strong enough in the Korean Series.굿모닝토토
Still, he did well. Proof of that is the number of Golden Glove nominations, the highest individual honor for a player. KT had a total of 11 players nominated for the Golden Globe. LG has the most with 12, followed by KT. All positions except second base and designated hitter were nominated. There are four pitchers, one catcher, three infielders, and three outfielders.
With so many nominations, the odds are in favor of winning the award. But when you break it down by position, KT could be in danger of being overlooked.
This season, the names of the top candidates in each category stand out. When it comes to pitching, NC Dinos foreign pitcher Pedi dominates. He has already won the regular season MVP. He has the best record and performance. KT Cuevas also did well, winning the winning percentage title, but joining the team in the middle of the season is his Achilles heel.
Catcher Jang Jang-woo had a great season, but LG’s Park Dong-won’s 20-homer record and championship premium cannot be ignored.
First baseman Park Byung-ho is not doing well either. He’s batting 2-for-8 with 18 home runs and 87 RBIs. That’s not nearly as good as LG champion Austin’s 3-for-1, 23 homers and 95 RBIs, and his Korean Series slump is a stark contrast to Austin’s. Park Byung-ho won the newly created first baseman’s defense award this season, but the Golden Glove is weighted toward offensive metrics.
Third baseman Hwang Jae-gyun also struggled in the regular season. The Hanwha Eagles’ “Home Run King” Noh Si-hwan’s record is not easy to surpass. Shortstop Kim Sang-soo will also have to contend with LG’s Oh Ji-hwan and KIA Tigers’ Park Chan-ho.
In the outfield, Choi Jae-dae, Kim Min-hyuk, and Alford stepped up to the challenge. All three did a decent job, but fell two percentage points shy of winning the Golden Glove. They’ll be up against the likes of Hong Chang-ki and Park Hae-min, who led LG to the title, as well as Samsung Lions’ Koo Ja-uk and NC Dinos’ Park Gun-woo, who outperformed them individually.
Without a Golden Globe winner, KT could be disappointed. However, we can take solace in the fact that the team’s performance was so good, even without a player with an outstanding individual performance.