FROM PARK CHAN-HO TO LEE JUNG-HOO... SIX 'KOREAN PIONEERS' SELECTED BY MLB introduces Korean baseball lights including Park Chan-ho, Kim Byung-hyun, Choi Hee-seop, Choo Shin-soo, Tommy Edman, and Lee Jeong-hoo ahead of the MLB Seoul Series this month.

The American professional baseball Major League (MLB), which will hold its first-ever regular season opening series at Gocheok Sky Dome in Seoul on the 20th and 21st, introduced six 'Korean Big Leaguers' who have achieved valuable milestones.

On the 7th (Korean time), reported Park Chan-ho (50), special advisor to the San Diego Padres, Choi Hee-seop (44), KIA Tigers coach, Kim Byung-hyun (45), who is active as a broadcaster and businessman, Choo Shin-soo (41, SSG Landers), and Tommy Edman (28).

We looked back at the footsteps left by Korean names Kwak Hyun-soo (St. Louis Cardinals) and Lee Jeong-hoo (25, San Francisco Giants).

Chan-Ho Park is ‘the first MLB player born in Korea.’

He signed with the Los Angeles Dodgers in 1994 and was immediately added to the big league roster, and played in MLB until 2010, recording 124 wins, the most by an Asian player.

Kim Byung-hyun, the second player introduced by, is ‘the first Korean-born player to win the World Series.’

The media introduced, “The submarine relief pitcher, armed with a frisbee slider (that flies like a disc) and a rising fast ball, was a key member of the Arizona Diamondbacks when they won the championship in 2001.”

Choi Hee-seop is ‘the first MLB fielder born in Korea.’

Choi Hee-seop, who debuted in the big league with the Chicago Cubs in 2002, played as a big league player for six seasons, leaving behind a career batting average of 0.240, 40 home runs, and 120 RBI.

He showed off his slugging power by hitting 15 home runs in a season three times, and at the 2006 World Baseball Classic (WBC), he helped the Korean team advance to the semifinals as a key hitter.

Choo Shin-soo earned the title of ‘the first Korean fielder to play in the All-Star Game.’

The media said, “No matter how you classify Choo Shin-soo, he has reached the peak of performance as a Korean major league player.

“As an all-rounder, he has a career on-base percentage of 0.377, putting him on par with Hall of Famers like Derek Jeter,” he said.

Choo Shin-soo participated in the 2018 MLB All-Star Game.

Edman and Lee Jeong-hoo are still players in the big league.

Edman is ‘the first American to play for the Korean national baseball team.’

Edman, whose mother is a Korean-American, was selected for the WBC Korean baseball team last year and worked with players from his mother's home country.

The media commented, “Although Korea did not pass the group stage, Edman achieved an achievement that will remain in history.”

Lastly, Lee Jeong-hoo is ‘a Korean player who signed the largest contract in MLB.’

Ahead of this season, Lee Jeong-hoo signed a six-year contract with San Francisco worth $113 million (about 150.7 billion won).

The media said, "It is not difficult to see why Lee Jung-hoo, who has not yet played a single game in the major leagues, received this contract. At only

25 years old, he is a versatile player with a career batting average of 0.340, 65 home runs, and 69 stolen bases in the KBO League."

Pub: 16 Apr 2024 01:32 UTC
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