Jung Min-cheul

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.[1]

Jung Min-cheul
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Jung Min-Chul, 2015
Hanwha Eagles – No. 23
Pitcher
Born: (1972-03-28) March 28, 1972 (age 49)
Daejeon, South Korea
Batted: Right Threw: Right
Professional debut
KBO: April 5, 1992, for the Binggrae Eagles
NPB: 2000, for the Yomiuri Giants
Last appearance
NPB: 2001, for the Yomiuri Giants
KBO: September 12, 2009, for the Hanwha Eagles
KBO statistics
Win-Loss161−128
Earned run average3.51
Strikeouts1,661
NPB statistics
Win–loss record3-2
Earned run average4.70
Strikeouts44
Teams
As player

As coach

Career highlights and awards
KBO
  • 2x strikeout leader (1994, 1997)
  • ERA leader (1994)
  • No-hitter (1997)
  • 3x All-Star (1995, 1999, 2007)
  • Korean Series champion (1999)
Jung Min-cheul
Hangul
정민철
Hanja
鄭珉哲
Revised RomanizationJeong Mincheol
McCune–ReischauerChŏng Minch'ŏl

Jung debuted in the KBO League in 1992, right out of Daejeon High School,[2] 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.[3] 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.[4] He was second in the league in strikeouts in 1996, with 203[5] (the only season in which he topped 200 strikeouts). Jung again led the league in strikeouts in 1997 with 160.[6] In May of that year, Jung became only the ninth pitcher in the history of the KBO to pitch a no-hitter.[2]

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[2] on September 11, 2009.

Jung's 161 career victories are second in the KBO[7] only to his long-time Eagles teammate Song Jin-woo.

Jung served as the Eagles' pitching coach in 2010–2014.[2]

He was an MBC Sports+ baseball commentator from 2015 to 2019, while also serving as the pitching coach of the South Korean national baseball team from 2017 to 2019.[2]

In October 2019, Jung moved into the front office as the Eagles' general manager.[7][2]

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ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ KANG YOO-RIM. "Doosan’s Yoo Hee-kwan joins list of lefty legends," Korea JoongAng Daily (Sept. 22, 2019).
  2. ^ a b c d e f Eagles appoint former star pitcher as new general manager," Korea JoongAng Daily (October 9, 2019).
  3. ^ "1992 Korean Baseball Organization Pitching Leaders," Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved June 19, 2020.
  4. ^ "1994 Korean Baseball Organization Pitching Leaders," Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved June 19, 2020.
  5. ^ "1996 Korean Baseball Organization Pitching Leaders," Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved June 19, 2020.
  6. ^ "1997 Korean Baseball Organization Pitching Leaders," Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved June 19, 2020.
  7. ^ a b "Ex-All-Star pitcher named GM of former KBO club," Yonhap News Agency (October 08, 2019).

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