Even if the world makes me cry, baseball is an intuition

Despite bad weather, 64,201 spectators visited five stadiums across the country on Wednesday, the last day of the first half of this season’s Korean pro baseball league. The cumulative total of spectatorship reached 6,057,323 in 418 games since the opening of this season. The figure has exceeded 6 million spectators at the lowest number ever. The previous record was 419 games in 2012. It is the first time that the figure exceeded 6 million spectators in the first half since the beginning of the Korean pro baseball in 1982. It has already set a new record for the most sold-out games in the first half of this season since 2015 when 116 games were sold out, which had 10 teams. The average number of spectators per game in the first half of this season was 14,491, which is larger than the 12,000 seats at Daejeon Stadium, the home of the Hanwha Eagles.여우알바

Professional baseball is now approaching an era of 10 million spectators for the first time in its history. Arithmetically, the total number of spectators will reach 10,433,666 in the first half of this year. In the pro baseball, 10 teams play 144 games in a season, for a total of 720 games. The largest number of spectators ever in a season is 8.4 million in 2017.

At the center of this year’s spectatorship are three teams LG, Lotte, and KIA. The three teams that boast nationwide popularity were once called the “eloaming alliance” due to their lackluster performances in the mid-2000s.

KIA, which was newly led by Lee Bum-ho this season, finished the first half of the season (48 wins, 33 losses and two draws) by sweeping three consecutive games against Samsung on Saturday and Sunday. Kia has attracted a total of 692,744 spectators in 39 home games this year. The number of games played in the same period increased by 77 percent year-on-year.

LG, which won the Korean Series title for the first time in 29 years last year, also saw its spectatorship increase. The number of spectators increased 13.7 percent from 638,017 at this time last year to 725,538 this year. LG finished the first half of the year in second place, 3.5 games behind the leading Kia Tigers with 46 wins, 38 losses and two draws.

Lotte is ranked eighth, but it is benefiting significantly from the effect of manager Kim Tae-hyung. Kim put his team in the Korean Series for the seventh consecutive year when he was the head coach of Doosan. Lotte, which once served as the coach of Doosan, struggled in the early days of the season, falling to the bottom. However, it rebounded by winning 13 games (1 draw and 10 losses) in May, and it ranked first in monthly win rate (14 wins, 1 draw and 9 losses, 0.609) in June, making Lotte fans excited. The number of spectators at home increased by 23.1 percent year-on-year. The number of spectators at Doosan and Samsung, which are competing for the top spot, also increased by 40.5 percent and 42.8 percent, respectively.

Hanwha, which used to be in the lower ranks, was also at the center of attention throughout the first half of the season. Korean Monster Ryu Hyun-jin, who used to play in the U.S. Major League Baseball, returned to action, and “master” Kim Kyung-moon took the helm during the season. The Hanwha Eagles attracted full attendance in 30 of their 44 home games in the first half. The number of spectators in the first half increased by 47.8 percent year-on-year.

Another factor that contributes to the success of the competition is the ever-present competition. Only five games between the top-ranked Kia Tigers and the fourth-ranked Samsung Lions (44 wins, 39 losses and two draws). Only five games between the fifth-ranked SSG (41 wins, 42 losses and one draw), and the lowest-ranked Kiwoom (35 wins and 46 losses), which is the last-ranked team to advance to the postseason, also have a gap of 13 games between KIA and Kiwoom. At the end of the first half of last year, the gap between the top-ranked LG Twins and the bottom-ranked Samsung Lions was 18.5 games apart.

His personal record also captured the hearts of fans. Choi Jung (SSG) has continued to set the record of the most home runs (479 home runs) since surpassing Doosan manager Lee Seung-yeop (467). Son Ah-seop (NC) set a new record of the most hits (2,511). Choi Hyung-woo (KIA) set a new record of 4,120 career-high hits.

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