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Jeong-hun Lee (이정훈) also known as Jeong-hoon Lee or Jung-hoon Lee

  • Bats Left, Throws Left
  • Height 5' 7", Weight 160 lb.

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Jeong-hun Lee won two batting titles in the Korea Baseball Organization.

Lee debuted with the Binggrae Eagles in 1987. He had a 22-game hitting streak and finished at .335/.405/.441 with 20 steals in 33 tries and 7 triples. He finished among the league leaders in average (3rd, behind Hyo-jo Jang and Man-soo Lee), runs (tied for 6th with 56), hits (1st with 124, one ahead of Won-bu Go), times hit by pitch (tied with Kwang-eun Lee for first at 10), steals (7th), caught stealing (4th) and OBP (3rd, behind Jang and Man-soo Lee). He was named the KBO Rookie of the Year but did not win a Golden Glove in the outfield (the Golden Glove in the KBO goes to the best all-around player at each position) as the winners were Jang, Kwang-eun Lee and Jong-mo Kim.

The Daegu native faded a bit in 1988, hitting .309/.377/.413 with 18 steals in 27 tries and 69 runs in 96 games. He was third in runs (after Soon-chul Lee and Sung-han Kim), tied for 5th in doubles (20), 6th in hits (113) and 9th in steals. This time, he did win a Gold Glove, joining Soon-chul Lee and Kang-don Lee as the selected outfielders. In 1989, he rebounded to bat .323/.372/.460 for Binggrae, with 14 steals while only being caught once, though he was limited to 51 games (presumably by injury). He still managed to place 8th in the KBO with 20 doubles.

Lee batted .291/.360/.403 for the 1990 Eagles. He was among the league leaders in average (10th), runs (71, 4th behind Kang-don Lee, Dae-hwa Han and Jong-hun Jang), hits (117, 8th), doubles (20, tied for 7th) and steals (22, 5th, while being caught 6 times). He, Kang-don Lee and Ho-seong Lee made up an All-Lee Golden Glove outfield.

The Dong-A alumnus produced at a .348/.417/.602 with 17 home runs, 12 triples, 18 stolen bases (in 24 attempts) and 81 runs in the 1991 KBO. He won the batting title by .001 ahead of Hyo-jo Jang and was also 4th in runs (81), tied for 4th in hits (132), first in triples (12, two more than Hyo-jo Jang), tied for 7th in home runs (with Chae-keun Jang, Man-soo Lee and Soon-chul Lee), 3rd in OPS (behind Hyo-jo Jang and Jong-hun Jang), 2nd in slugging (38 points behind Jong-hun Jang) and second in OPS (behind Jong-hun Jang). He was surprisingly left off the Golden Glove list; three other Lees (Ho-seong Lee, Kang-don Lee and Soon-chul Lee) were chosen instead.

Lee had perhaps his best season in 1992, hitting .360/.435/.621 with 21 steals (only caught three times), 25 home runs and 89 runs. He led the league in average again, this time by a solid 25 points ahead of Jong-tae Park. He was also 4th in OBP (behind Ki-tae Kim, Hyun-woo Hong and Jong-hun Jang), 3rd in slugging (after Jong-hun Jang and Ki-tae Kim), 3rd in OPS (behind Jong-hun Jang and Ki-tae Kim), 6th in runs (89), tied Min-ho Kim for 7th in hits (133), 4th in home runs, 4th in times hit by pitch (10) and tied for 7th in steals. He won his last Gold Glove; the other outfielders picked were Eung-guk Kim and Soon-chul Lee. Jong-hun Jang took home the MVP. That was Lee's last big year, though.

Jeong-hoon faded fast, hitting only .225/.312/.342 in 41 games in 1993, .247/.321/.318 in 1994, .250/.302/.301 in 1995, .213/.314/.294 in 1996 and .237/.296/.342 in 1997.

Lee hit .299/.368/.437 with 515 runs, 353 RBI, 151 steals, 152 doubles and 66 home runs in 918 games.

Lee coached for the Hanwha Eagles in 1999 and LG Twins in 2008. He then was head coach of Bugil Academy from 2009-2012. He managed South Korea in the 2012 World Junior Championship.

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