The KBO is the only live baseball we have on our TV screens right now, unfortunately. One former Milwaukee Brewers player, Tyler Saladino, is over there.
By now, with how deprived of baseball we’ve been, you’ve probably watched at least one Korean baseball game. Former Milwaukee Brewers infielder Tyler Saladino is playing on the Samsung Lions.
The level of competition in the KBO is lower than that of MLB, but is equivalent to the upper levels of the minor league system here in the United States.
How Is Tyler Saladino Playing?
He’s been doing a lot better than he was in Milwaukee last year. Although he’s yet to hit any grand slams over there, Saladino is hitting .250/.333/.438 in 21 games with three home runs and 11 RBIs.
For the most part, Saladino has been hitting in the middle of the order for Samsung, normally in the 3-hole.
Defensively, Saladino is playing all over the infield, getting eight starts and 10 appearances at third base, six starts at shortstop, and five starts at first base.
Lately, Saladino has been on a tear at the plate. In his last three games, Saladino is 7-for-11 with a home run and five RBIs.
The Samsung Lions as a team haven’t been that great so far, sitting on a 10-14 record and in eighth place in the standings of the 10-team league. They have a road trip this week with three games against the LG Twins and then three against the SK Wyverns. The Twins have the second-best record in the league at 16-7 while the Wyverns are in ninth place, behind the Lions, at 7-16.
If you’ve been watching the KBO broadcasts on ESPN, you’ve probably seen either former Brewer Eric Thames or current Brewer Josh Lindblom on the broadcast talking about their time in Korea and how things are different over there from MLB. It’s been a really interesting look into the KBO and getting that kind of insight from them has been great.
Hopefully MLB can get started back up soon and we can watch the Milwaukee Brewers play games as a whole team again. In the meantime, we have to settle for watching one former Brewer in Tyler Saladino play in South Korea while another former Brewer (Thames) and a current Brewer (Lindblom) talk about it on TV.
Perhaps with the increased attention to the KBO, Saladino can find a job in MLB next year, even though it probably won’t be with the Brewers, he’s a fun guy to have in the league and he’ll always have a place in Brewers fans’ hearts.