Eric Thames (37), one of the best foreign hitters in KBO League history, announced his retirement from active play.
On the 16th, Thames announced his retirement thoughts in Korean through his SNS. “I never thought I would fall in love with a country so quickly. I had no idea how much fun it would be to play in the KBO,” he wrote. . He added, “Thank you so much for embracing me and the Dinos. No matter which KBO team you support, I love all of you! I will be visiting Korea often, and if you
see me, please do not hesitate to say hello.”
Thames, who made his major league debut in Toronto in 2013, failed to make a soft landing and was forced to retire without receiving a안전놀이터 big league call-up at all in 2013. At this time, NC reached out and a legend began in 2014.
Thames left a definite impression in the first year of the KBO League with a batting average of 0.343, 37 homers and 121 RBIs, and the following year made a historic season in 2015. At that time, he recorded a batting average of 0.381, 47 homers, 140 RBIs, and
40 stolen bases, joining the unique 40-40 club in KBO league history. And the following year, the batting average of 0.321, 40 homers, and 121 RBIs gave off a special value.
In the 2015 season, Thames’ career high, many records other than 40-40 remained legendary. His 10.71 WAR (contribution to victory against substitutes, based on statistics) is the second-highest in history following Haetae Lee Jong-beom (11.77 WAR) in 1994, and his slugging percentage (0.790) and OPS (1.288) are unmatched, ranking first in his career. remained as
Based on these performances, Thames made a golden return to the major leagues that he so desired. The terms of the contract were also satisfactory enough to sign a three-year, $16 million contract with Milwaukee. Thames, who hit 72 home runs in 3 years in Milwaukee, moved to Washington in 2020, but went downhill, and joined Yomiuri in 2021, but actually retired due to Achilles tendon rupture.
Thames, who announced his retirement, said he would visit Korea frequently.
Even though he took off his active uniform, if he visits Korea, he can contribute greatly to the development of baseball in some way. The experience and skills he has can be passed on to amateur players by working as a hitter instructor, and furthermore, he can take up a coaching position and settle down at all, or play a role such as a KBO public relations ambassador.
It is expected that he will appear in a baseball entertainment program that has recently gained great popularity. It is doubtful whether he will be able to play the ground properly because he is not in good physical condition, but baseball fans can give a welcome applause just by standing in front of the camera.