After a great season in which he won the KBO championship with the Kia Tigers, Roger Bernadina won one of the awards during the annual KBO award gala. The Curaçao born outfielder won the award for most scored runs.
With 118 runs Roger beat the competition. In the MVP vote, Roger ended high as well, behind his teammate Yang Heong-jong. The left-handed pitcher posted a 3.44 ERA with a
WHIP of 1.31. Yang Heong-jong posted a 20-6 record with 158 Ks, 45 walks in 193.3 innings pitched.
Roger ended sixteenth with an average of .320, 50 points behind winner and teammate Kim Sun-bin (.350). In the slugging percentage rankings, Roger finished in tenth place (.540). With an OPS of .918 Roger finished thirteenth and with 27 home runs, Roger finished ninth. Roger drove in 111 runs (sixth spot) and with 32 stolen bases, Roger also was runner-up behind Park Hae-min of the Samsung Lions, who stole 40 sacks.
Roger Bernadina finished the Korean Series with a batting average of .526 with seven RBI, a home run, a triple and a stolen base.
Even though the Kia Tigers made him an offer to return in 2018, he seems to explore his options. According to ESPN reporter Jerry Crasnick, Roger is interested in a return to the Majors. Bernadina stated to a Korean sports website that he is not in a hurry. “I will let things sink in and will let my manager do his job”.
Bernadina played parts of seven seasons with the Washington Nationals, Cincinnati Reds, Philadelphia Phillies and Los Angeles Dodgers. In the season before he left to Korea, he played the full season at AAA with the Las Vegas 51s (New York Mets).