Roger Bernardina (39), who played an active role as a foreign hitter in the KBO League KIA Tigers, will join the Dutch national team and compete in the 2023 World Baseball Classic (WBC).
The Netherlands Baseball Association announced on the 12th (Korean time) that Bernardina was included in the 2023 WBC Netherlands national team entry through the official social network (SNS) account of the association.
Bernardina is a name familiar to KBO League fans. His big league career was sluggish, with a career batting average of only 0.236 over seven seasons. It was different in Korea. KIA recruited him as a new foreign hitter in 2017. Long hits were rare in the American league, but it was different in the KBO league. He emerged as the league’s best 바카라사이트. center fielder with a batting average of .320 and 27 homers and 32 stolen bases. He played a big role in the Korean Series (KS) that year, leading the team to victory and winning the Golden Glove as an outfielder.
The following year, in 2018, he also recorded a batting average of 0.310, 20 homers, 32 stolen bases and 70 RBIs, and achieved 20 homers and 20 stolen bases for the second consecutive year, continuing the aspect of Jun Hota. However, it was not until his contract was renewed. KIA, which wanted to find a better hitter, replaced the foreign hitter with Jeremy Hazelbaker instead. Bernardina, who has since passed through the Taiwan League, the Mexican League, and the Netherlands League, is currently continuing her active life in the Nicaraguan League.
Meanwhile, it is the second time in her personal career that Bernardina competes in the WBC, following three tournaments in 2013. He also participated in the 2019 Premier 12 and the 2021 Tokyo Olympics with the Dutch national team.