KBO MVP Thames adds another league-first with Golden Glove

December 8, 2015
NC Dinos first baseman Eric Thames (Facebook)

NC Dinos first baseman Eric Thames (Facebook)

By Brian Han

Eric Thames continued his run at Korean Baseball Organization (KBO) history with his latest award — a Golden Glove as a first baseman.

The former Major League Baseball (MLB) player not only found success after moving overseas two seasons ago, he happens to be dominating.

In addition to becoming the first-ever foreign player to claim the MVP and Golden Glove awards, Thames also put up some unprecedented numbers to back up those titles.

The 29-year-old posted the only 40-40 season ever in the league’s 33-year existence with 47 home runs and 40 steals.

He also won the batting title with a .381 average and led the league in on-base percentage (.497) and slugging percentage (.790).

An important aspect to note, the Golden Glove represents a position player’s offensive rather than defensive performance in a given season, making it more analogous to the MLB’s Silver Slugger award than anything else.