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Koo-hong Song (송구홍)

  • Bats Right, Throws Right
  • Height 6' 0", Weight 172 lb.

Koo-hong Song played for ten seasons in the Korea Baseball Organization then became a coach.

Song played for the South Korean national team in the 1989 Intercontinental Cup. He turned pro with the LG Twins in 1991 but hit only .236/.298/.305 as a rookie. He had his best season in '92 when he batted .304/.347/.497 with 20 home runs and 20 steals (in 24 tries). He was 10th in the KBO in average, 6th in total bases (224), 9th in homers and 10th in swipes. He won the Gold Glove as the best overall third baseman in the league; he ended a six-year run by Dae-hwa Han (who would reclaim the honor the next year).

Song was also productive in 1993 though his power vanished (down to 4 HR; he would only reach double-digit dingers in 1992) - he hit .308/.369/.403 with 19 steals in 25 tries. He placed 10th in steals, third in average (behind Jun-hyuk Yang and Ki-woong Kang) and 6th in OBP. The Konkuk alumnus did not play at all in 1994 and fell to .260/.337/.343 in 1995. He opened 1996 at second base but was back at third by season's end; his batting line was .261/.349/.378 and he stole 17 bases in 23 attempts. In 1997, he hit .264/.337/.396. Moving to the Haitai Tigers, he put up a .288/.336/.360 line in 1998, while playing second base mostly. He split 1999 between the Tigers and Ssangbangwool Raiders, hitting a combined .206/.259/.250. The fading infielder was 4 for 21 with a double back with LG in 2000 and retired as a player.

Overall, Song had batted .272/.334/.382 in 712 KBO games, with 42 home runs (almost half of them in his big year) and 97 steals in 135 tries.

From 2002 to the present (2011), Song has been a coach for LG.

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