Ki-moon Choi

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Ki-moon Choi (최기문)

  • Bats Both, Throws Right
  • Height 6' 0", Weight 183 lb.

Ki-moon Choi is in his 13th pro season in 2008.

In the 1994 Baseball World Cup, Choi starred, hitting .417/.423/.792 with 3 homers and 10 RBI in 10 games. He threw out 3 of 5 would-be base-stealers. He tied for 7th in the World Cup in homers. Luigi Carrozza beat him out for All-Tournament honors at catcher. In the Gold Medal game, he was 1 for 2 against Lazaro Valle in a 6-1 loss to Cuba before being replaced by Kab-yong Jin (who had began the game in left field). Choi also played for Korea in the 1995 Asian Championship, helping them win Silver and a spot in the 1996 Olympics.

Choi began his professional career in 1996 with the OB Bears, batting .163/~.230/.275 in a backup role. In 1997, he hit .233/~.277/.287 in 128 AB over 75 games. During 1998, he went 4 for 25 in 16 contests. At age 25/26, he improved to .284/~.346/.442 while moving to the Lotte Giants.

In 2000, Choi became a starter and batted .243/~.304/.358. The next year, he had a career year, hitting .304/~.380/.410. He lost the award for the best catcher in the KBO to Sung-heon Hong.

Choi hit .285/~.337/.426 in 2002, setting highs in slugging, homers (8) and RBI (50). In 2003, he batted .294/~.364/.380. In the 2003 Baseball World Cup, Choi hit .276/.300/.483 with 9 RBI in 9 games. He threw out 6 baserunners in 8 steal attempts. He was the only South Korean chosen for the All-Tournament team.

In 2004, the Lotte backstop batted .272/~.343/.352 in his final year as a regular. His production fell drastically in 2005 (.192/~.281/.243) and he did not play for Lotte in 2006. In 2007, he hit .220/~.303/.271 in 59 AB.

After 1,014 games in the KBO, his career line is .264/~.323/.365.