Roger Bernadina, the outfielder from Curacao and player of team Kingdom of the Netherlands, will continue his career in the KBO as he has signed a deal with the Kia Tigers.
Last season Roger played for the AAA affilate of the New York Mets in the Pacific Coast League. Despite having a decent season he wasn’t called up.With the Las Vegas 51s Bernadina batted .292 with 113 hits, 29 doubles, 4 triples, 10 homeruns and an OPS of .841.
Bernadina played parts of seven MLB seasons in which he which he batted .236 with 56 doubles, 8 triples, 28 homeruns and 121 RBI. In 2013 he was released by the Nationals and picked up by the Phillies with whom he finished the season. In 2014 he played for the Albuquerque Isotopes (AAA Pacific Coast League) for the biggest part of the season. But after a solid Spring Training, Bernadina earned a roster spot with the Cincinnati Reds but unfortunately he never could live up to the expectations. After he was released by he Reds, he was picked up by the Dodgers who sent him to Albuquerque. As he was about to leave for Europe to play with the Netherlands in the European Championship in September, he was called up by the Dodgers as he was mainly used as a pinch runner.
You can call Roger a journey man as he played in the Venezuelan Winter League and in the Mexican Winter Leagues several times during his career.
The Kia Tigers joined the KBO in 1982 and celebrated their first championship in 1983 and won championships in 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1991, 1993, 1996, 1997 and 2009.
The Kia Tigers are playing at Champions Field in Gwangju, a baseball only stadium with a capacity of 27,000.