Jung Min-cheul (Hangul: 정민철; born March 28, 1972, in Daejeon, South Korea) is a South Korean former professional baseball pitcher and coach, who is currently the General Manager of the Hanwha Eagles. He played 16 seasons in the KBO League for the Binggrae/Hanwha Eagles, and two seasons in Nippon Professional Baseball for the Yomiuri Giants. He is second all-time in the KBO League in wins and fourth in career strikeouts. Jung won at least ten games for eight straight seasons, from 1992 through 1999.
|Hanwha Eagles – No. 23|
|Born: March 28, 1972|
Daejeon, South Korea
|KBO: April 5, 1992, for the Binggrae Eagles|
|NPB: 2000, for the Yomiuri Giants|
|NPB: 2001, for the Yomiuri Giants|
|KBO: September 12, 2009, for the Hanwha Eagles|
|Earned run average||3.51|
|Earned run average||4.70|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Revised Romanization||Jeong Mincheol|
Jung debuted in the KBO League in 1992, right out of Daejeon High School, winning 14 games to go with a 2.48 earned run average, second in the league among qualified candidates. His 145 strikeouts was also the second-highest total in the league. Jung was stellar in 1994, as his 2.15 ERA led the league among qualified candidates, and he topped the KBO in strikeouts in with 196. He was second in the league in strikeouts in 1996, with 203 (the only season in which he topped 200 strikeouts). Jung again led the league in strikeouts in 1997 with 160. In May of that year, Jung became only the ninth pitcher in the history of the KBO to pitch a no-hitter.
Jung was the ace of the 1999 Korean Series-winning Eagles' pitching staff, going 18–8 with a 3.75 ERA and 151 strikeouts.
Jung left the Eagles for the NPB's Yomiuri Giants in 2000–2001, but he didn't find the success in that league that he did in the KBO, compiling a 3–2 record and a 4.70 ERA in limited action.
Returning to the Eagles in 2002, Jung pitched for nine more seasons, racking up 53 more wins. His final season, 2009, was spent as a player-coach. Jung's #23 jersey was retired by the Hanwha Eagles on September 11, 2009.
- KANG YOO-RIM. "Doosan’s Yoo Hee-kwan joins list of lefty legends," Korea JoongAng Daily (Sept. 22, 2019).
- Eagles appoint former star pitcher as new general manager," Korea JoongAng Daily (October 9, 2019).
- "1992 Korean Baseball Organization Pitching Leaders," Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved June 19, 2020.
- "1994 Korean Baseball Organization Pitching Leaders," Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved June 19, 2020.
- "1996 Korean Baseball Organization Pitching Leaders," Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved June 19, 2020.
- "1997 Korean Baseball Organization Pitching Leaders," Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved June 19, 2020.
- "Ex-All-Star pitcher named GM of former KBO club," Yonhap News Agency (October 08, 2019).
- Career statistics and player information from Baseball-Reference (Minors)