Baseballer Choi Jeong Lives up to ‘Magnet’ Nickname


August 19, 2021 13:21

Choi Jeong, the third baseman for the SGG Landers, has been given the nickname “magnet” because that is how his body attracts the ball.

Choi tends to react to the pitch at the last possible moment, because he tries to maintain his balance for the right swing, even if the pitch comes deep inside the box.

In a Wednesday night’s home game against the NC Dinos, Choi led off the bottom of the sixth inning. After a long duel against the Dinos’ starting pitcher Drew Luchinsky, Choi was hit by the pitch and earned a walk to first base.

Choi Jeong of the SSG Landers bats in a game against the NC Dinos in Incheon on Wednesday. /Yonhap

It was Choi’s 288th time to be hit by a pitch in his professional career.

Until then, Hughie Jennings had held the record for hit by a pitch at 287 in major baseball leagues in the world. Jennings played 18 seasons in Major League Baseball from 1891 to 1903, playing for teams including the Philadelphia Phillies and the Detroit Tigers.

Choi, who has played 17 seasons in the Korea Baseball Organization since 2005, has been hit by a pitch at least 10 times every season since 11 in 2007, with an exception of 2015 when he was hit five times. “It’s a funny record,” said Choi, “The record is only possible if you play consistently for a long period of time.” 

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