Doosan Bears reach KBO Playoffs... Daejeon Hana Citizen qualify for K League Playoffs
Updated: 2021-11-08 17:03:14 KST
Time now for "This Week in Sports" and so joining us in the studio is our sports editor Paul Neat.
Paul, let's begin with the KBO postseason.
We've had the Wild Card matches, now we're well into the playoffs.
Yes, that's right.
The semifinals were held over the weekend and Doosan Bears emerged as the winners after a 2-1 series win over rivals LG Twins.
This was thanks to a 10-3 win in game three on Sunday.
Jung Soo-bin and Jose Miguel Fernandez each went 3-for-5 with four RBIs at Jamsil Baseball Stadium in Seoul.
Jung was named as the series MVP after batting 6-for-13 with five RBIs.
The Bears will now meet the Samsung Lions in the next round which is also a best-of-three series.
It will begin on Tuesday in Daegu and will be the first postseason clash between the two teams in six years but tenth in total.
The winners will go on to face KT Wiz in the Korean Series.
Head to head, the Bears won the season series over the Lions 9-7.
For the Lions it is a first postseason since 2015 whereas the Bears have been involved every season since then.
A win for the Bears would see them become the first KBO club to reach the Korean Series for seven consecutive years.
Sticking with KBO for the moment, Choo Shin-soo returned to Korea this year after two decades in MLB.
I understand that he is calling for a current MLB star to return and play for his club the SSG Landers.
What can you tell us about that?
Yes, Choo Shin-soo revealed on Saturday at a press conference that he has spoken to Kim Kwang-hyun asking him to sign for the SSG Landers.
Choo said that he would love to play with Kim Kwang-hyun who has become a free agent with St. Louis Cardinals in MLB.
Kim Kwang-hyun of course played for the SK Wyverns, the club which is now SSG Landers.
The Landers still own the rights to Kim Kwang-hyun and so should he return to KBO it would have to be with them.
But Choo Shin-soo's future is also unclear.
He signed a one-year deal this February but on Saturday said that he is yet to decide on his future.
In 137 games this year he batted point-265, point-409, point-451 with 21 home runs, 25 steals and 100 walks.
At 39, he is the oldest player in KBO history to join the 20-20 club.
A left elbow injury restricted his outfielding though and will need surgery if he decides to carry on.
He said if he does decide to carry on, it is because he wants to win a championship.
We will have to wait and see what happens with them both.
Switching to football now, the K League playoffs got underway last week and we now know who will play in the final.
Yes, that's right. We do know who is heading to the final of the K League Promotion/Relegation Playoffs this year.
That is because Daejeon Hana Citizen on Sunday booked their place thanks to a 3-1 away win over FC Anyang.
In what was a "Violets" versus "Purples" clash, Anyang took the lead in the 13th minute through Jonathan Moya.
A defensive mix-up allowed the Costa Rica international striker to slot the ball past goalkeeper Kim Dong-jun.
But Daejeon leveled on 33 a captain's goal from skipper Park Jin-seop when Daejeon will have felt the game was running away from them.
Then in the second half, Bruno Baio came on as an impact sub and capped off a wonderful passing move on 70 minutes to turn the game on its head.
Baio scored his second and Daejeon's third in the 86th minute to put the game beyond doubt.
Daejeon have now qualified for their first-ever K League playoff final after two previous failed attempts.
They will play the 11th team in K League 1 next month in a two-leg final.
Currently, Gangwon occupy that position but there are still two games left.
In K League 1, Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors picked up a huge win over Ulsan Hyundai on Saturday thanks to a 95th minute winner from Stanislav Iljutcenko.
Current champions Jeonbuk now have a three-point cushion with just two games to go and edge closer to a fifth consecutive title.
With the government's "Living with COVID-19" scheme it means that fans can now attend KBO and K League matches.
But I understand that the rules are a bit different.
Yes, that's right.
In KBO all stadiums are operating as fully-vaccinated zones but K League clubs are able to have designated fully-vaccinated areas.
For example, for yesterday's match between Anyang and Daejeon, the away end and most areas for home fans were for the vaccinated with just one area for those who aren't.
People who are either not vaccinated or like myself waiting for the two weeks since shot two to come had to get a PCR test 48 hours before.
In an announcement, K League said the decision was made "considering the different structures and circumstances of each stadium" and so the K League allows each club to "decide autonomously."
Areas for non-vaccinated fans can operate at 50 percent capacity.
And finally, Son Heung-min seems to be a lucky charm for new managers at Tottenham, doesn't he?
That he does.
Although Spurs drew 0-0 on Sunday, the Antonio Conte era began with a win on Thursday local time.
Spurs won 3-2 at home to Dutch side Vitesse Arnhem for Conte's first match in charge having been appointed earlier last week.
And, just like the Jose Mourinho and Nuno Espirito Santo eras, the first goal came from Son Heung-min.
Son also scored the first goal at Tottenham's new stadium.
Son gave Spurs a 15th-minute lead in a Europa League group game for his fifth of the season.
Alright, thanks for that Paul. See you next week.