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Note: This page discusses KBO outfielder and manager Jong-hoon Park. For the pitcher of the same name, click here.
Jong-hoon Park (박종훈)
- Bats Left, Throws Left
- Height 5' 9", Weight 176 lb.
Jong-hoon Park was a top outfielder in South Korea in the early 1980s.
Park played for the South Korean national team in the 1982 Amateur World Series, when they won a Gold Medal. He debuted as a pro with the 1983 OB Bears, hitting .312/~.380/.419 and leading the Korea Baseball Organization with 117 hits. He won the first KBO Rookie of the Year Award and also won a Gold Glove.
In 1984, the left-hander batted .306/~.377/.439, followed by .342/~.399/.471 with 17 steals in 1985. He again won a Gold Glove that year. In '86, Park fell to .259/~.342/.363. He rebounded to hit .284/~.339/.398 in 1987. Park batted .262/~.330/.327 in 1988 and .254/~.329/.315 in 1989. At that point, he retired due to chronic back problems. He finished with a career batting line of .290/~.354/.391.
From 1994-1996, Park coached for the LG Twins then he was a coach for the Hyundai Unicorns from 1997-2002. From 2003-2006, he managed the minor league team of the SK Wyverns; he then was minor league manager for the Doosan Bears through 2009.