Tae-won Choi

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Tae-won Choi (최태원)

  • Bats Right, Throws Right
  • Height 5' 10", Weight 181 lb.

Tae-won Choi played 11 seasons in the Korea Baseball Organization. He played 1,014 consecutive games, a span that covered the vast majority of his career.

Choi debuted in 1993 with the Ssangbangwool Raiders and hit .263/~.343/.313. He fell to .248/~.339/.300 in 1994 but stole 31 bases in 43 tries. In '95, he batted .296/~.345/.347 and swiped 29 bags in 43 attempts. He led the KBO that season with 147 hits.

In 1996, Choi batted .258/~.326/.327. He had his career year in 1997 when he produced at a .306/~.380/.386 rate and won the Gold Glove as the top all-around second baseman in the circuit. In '98, Tae-won hit .288/~.351/.373, followed by .239/~.322/.290 in 1999. He also broke Hyeong-seok Kim's consecutive games played record of 622 and would finish with 1,014 straight games.

In 2000, the Raiders were replaced by the SK Wyverns and the ironman hit .262/~.349/.323. He batted .242/~.334/.333 in 2001 and .262/~.329/.327 in 2002. He wrapped up in 2003 by going 5 for 24 with two walks and two doubles in 33 games.

Overall, Choi hit .268/~.343/.373 with 130 steals in 202 tries over 1,284 career games.

Choi coached for the Wyverns and KIA Tigers after his playing career ended.