Fri Apr 21, 2017, 05:31 AM
Bronxbomber (6,181 posts)
See the face of "God" here:
OMG! God is black after all.
Seriously, this is the best story in baseball this spring so far, and possibly in all of sports. Thames was an MLB retread who went from minor league washout to the "God" (That was actually his nickname) of Korean baseball, and now his mighty thunderclaps are making believers here in the States. So far this season, Thames has 8 HRs, a .500 OBP, and a .415 BA...all in just a scant 53 ABs. At his current pace, his numbers project out to 76 HRs & 133 RBI over a full season.
That said, the KBO (Korean Baseball Organization) isn't MLB. Sooner or later, you'd think that big league pitchers will topple this deity will all the force of an Al Qaida explosives team next to a Buddhist statue with a half a ton of C4 at their disposal. Then again, I remember thinking the same thing when Cecil Fielder came back from Japan after absolutely destroying Japanese pitching. He promptly smacked 51 HRs in 1990 and never looked back. Time will certainly tell.
Exactly how good does one have to be to earn such an almighty nickname, you might ask? His numbers from the KBO speak for themselves:
I don't care what level of baseball you play at, a .381 BA, .497 OBP, and 47 HRs is simply ridiculous. He won't do that here, obviously, but those numbers are still insane, as are his current stats. Either way, it'll be fun seeing what this all amounts to. MLB certainly needs a big star to market to its fans. For whatever reason, neither Mike Trout nor Bryce Harper seem to be what the suits on Madison Ave. are looking for. Perhaps Thames is it.
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