Choi Jeong ‘7000 at-bats, 2000 hits’… 37 career home runs

‘Geopo third baseman’ Choi Jeong (36, SSG) is writing two letters in his name in the history of Korean professional baseball, breaking his personal career record day after day.

Choi Jung-eun celebrated her personal career record of 7,000 at-bats by hitting a ball thrown by opposing pitcher Kim Jin-ho in her third at-bat in the 6th inning against NC at SSG Landers Field in Incheon on the 16th. It is the 10th in KBO league history.

Choi Jeong-eun hit his 2,000th career hit against pitcher Lee Ho-seong in the third at-bat in the 6th inning against Samsung on the 12th. It is the 17th record of all time.안전놀이터

Choi Jeong-eun, who joined SK, the predecessor of SSG in the 2005 season, is a ‘one-club man’ who has played for the same club for 19 seasons until this year, and is a third baseman who represents professional baseball.

He has played almost every season without a long break due to his natural durability. Since 2007, when he established himself as a pro, there have been only three seasons in which he has played less than 100 games.

Based on this durability, Choi Jeong-eun has established herself as the league’s leading home run hitter. He has recorded double-digit home runs in 17 consecutive seasons from the 2006 season, his second year as a pro, to the last season.

From the 2016 season, when he hit 40 home runs, he hit 20 or more home runs for 7 consecutive seasons. If there are no major variables such as injury, Choi Jeong’s consecutive home run record is expected to increase without breaking this season.

If Choi Jeong maintains this trend until next year, he can break the record for the most home runs in professional baseball. The record holder in this category is Doosan coach Lee Seung-yeop, who has 467 career home runs. Choi Jeong-eun, who has hit 430 homers in her career so far, stood in the closest position to surpass the record set by head coach Lee Seung-yeop before retiring from active service.

Choi Jeong-eun is also aiming for the title that won the most Golden Gloves for a third baseman.

From the 2011 season to last year, Choi Jeong-eun was named the third baseman Golden Glove winner eight times in 12 seasons. This is a record that stands shoulder to shoulder with former Hanwha coach Han Dae-hwa, who won 6th and 2nd third baseman Golden Gloves in Haitai and LG, respectively. This is another record that can be written by Choi Jeong, who had expressed his desire to play as a third baseman while on active duty.

Choi Jeong-eun, a ‘boy trader’ in his mid-30s, is still in the center of the team’s batting line, instilling anticipation for a ‘one shot’ in fans. That is why his records made amid cheers from the fans are even more valuable.

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