On the 16th, Thames said goodbye through his social media (SNS), saying, “I have been blessed to be able to call baseball a ‘profession’ for 14 years.온라인카지노 Thank you for supporting my rich hairstyle (beard).” told
Thames also left a message in Korean for Korean fans. “I never thought I would fall in love with a country so quickly. I didn’t know that playing in the KBO League would be so much fun,” he wrote. Also, referring to his former team, NC Dinos, he said, “Thank you for embracing me and Dinos. No matter which team you support, I love all of you. I will visit Korea often, and if you see me, do not hesitate to say hello. ” he begged.
Thames wore an NC uniform for three years from 2014 to 2016 and was a strong hitter with a career batting average of 0.349, 124 home runs, and 382 RBIs. From his first season, he successfully settled in, posting a batting average of .343, 37 home runs, and 121 RBI. In 2015, the following year, he topped the league with a batting average of 0.381, 140 RBIs, 47 homers, and 40 stolen bases, and was named the MVP of the regular season. 40 home runs and 40 stolen bases is a record only Thames has achieved in the KBO League.
Thames signed a contract with the Milwaukee Brewers in 2017 for a total of 16 million dollars (about 20.5 billion won) over three years, using his performance in NC as a stepping stone. Before coming to Korea, he was an ordinary mid- and long-distance hitter, but after achieving the ‘Korean Dream’, he made a golden return to the Major League (MLB).
Thames played an active role in Milwaukee, hitting 72 home runs for three years, before transferring to the Washington Nationals in 2020. However, after that, his performance did not meet expectations and he was released. In 2021, he joined the Yomiuri Giants of the Japanese professional baseball team, but had the misfortune of suffering a serious injury in which his Achilles tendon was torn in his first team debut. He signed a minor league contract with the Oakland Athletics last year and tried to make his last comeback, but he failed to re-enter the big leagues and eventually took off his uniform.
Thames hit the final home run of his professional career in May of last year with the Oakland Triple-A team. His place was Sacramento, California, a city right next to his hometown. “It was unrealistic to hit my last home run near my hometown with my parents watching,” he said. “The next page of my life will be truly amazing.”