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Jong-Hun Jang

[edit] Biographical Information

Jong-Hun Jang held the record for most career home runs in the Korea Baseball Organization from 1999 to 2009. He is currently a minor league coach for the Hanwha Eagles.

Jang was signed by the Eagles, then known as the Binggrae Eagles, in 1986 out of high school. His breakout year came in 1990 when he hit with an average of 0.290, 28 home runs (leading the league) and 91 RBI. The next year he hit even better with 35 home runs, 113 RBI and a 0.345 batting average, missing a the triple crown by three points. He also won his first MVP award. In 1992 Jang had a line of 0.299-41-119, again winning the MVP award. His 41 home runs and 119 RBI were a KBO record until broken by Tyrone Woods (42 in 1998) and Seung-Yeop Lee (123 in 1999), respectivly. He also won Gold Gloves at shortstop (1988, 1990), first base (1992 and 1995) and at designated hitter in 1991. On May 23, 1999 Jang hit home run number 253 besting Man Soo Lee's 252.

When he retired on September 15, 2005, Jang held the KBO record in; home runs (340), games played (1949), at-bats (6290), runs (1043), total bases (3172), walks (997), and most strikeouts (1354).

In 2007, his run record was broken by Jun-ho Jeon. In 2009, Jang's KBO home run record was broken by Joon-hyuk Yang.

[edit] KBO Statistics

Year Team AVG G AB R H HR TB RBI SB BB HBP SO GIDP
1987 Binggrae 0.270 94 281 24 76 8 115 34 1 30 9 62 4
1988 Binggrae 0.241 108 344 53 83 12 147 57 3 43 10 95 1
1989 Binggrae 0.254 112 256 49 65 18 130 46 6 33 7 55 3
1990 Binggrae 0.290 120 411 73 119 28 224 91 8 69 11 84 3
1991 Binggrae 0.345 126 464 104 160 35 297 114 21 76 15 88 12
1992 Binggrae 0.299 125 431 106 129 41 284 119 13 106 13 99 5
1993 Binggrae 0.295 97 339 58 100 17 172 58 12 58 9 68 4
1994 Hanwha 0.267 79 243 33 65 10 112 34 5 36 2 60 1
1995 Hanwha 0.326 126 420 77 137 22 236 78 8 68 6 63 10
1996 Hanwha 0.266 90 289 50 77 15 140 57 8 37 11 63 2
1997 Hanwha 0.293 121 427 74 125 22 220 76 15 63 4 76 9
1998 Hanwha 0.275 118 437 60 120 17 190 66 3 41 7 69 13
1999 Hanwha 0.284 126 465 80 132 27 248 86 4 54 8 93 11
2000 Hanwha 0.264 127 447 66 118 28 221 81 1 52 11 114 15
2001 Hanwha 0.273 120 366 55 100 15 161 54 11 45 4 87 7
2002 Hanwha 0.248 101 302 38 75 12 126 42 2 24 2 88 1
2003 Hanwha 0.243 83 206 21 50 6 78 24 1 21 2 56 5
2004 Hanwha 0.255 70 153 21 39 6 67 27 0 10 0 31 4
2005 Hanwha 0.091 7 11 1 1 1 4 1 0 0 0 3 0
KBO Totals 0.281 1950 6292 1043 1771 340 3172 1145 122 866 131 1354 110

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