Beyond the ‘National Hitter’, Choi Jung sets new KBO record for most runs scored…’1356 runs’ and ‘467 home runs’

Choi Jung (SSG Landers) set a new KBO League record for most runs scored in a game.

Choi started at third base against the Hanwha Eagles in the 2023 Shinhan Bank SOL KBO League at Hanwha Life Eagles Park in Daejeon on June 6, going 3-for-5 with a home run, two RBIs and two runs scored.

In the previous day’s matchup, Choi led off the eighth inning with a walk. Guillermo Heredia followed with a single and Park Sung-hwan laid down a sacrifice bunt to put runners on second and third. Oh Tae-gon stepped to the plate and hit a single to center field, bringing home Choi Jeong. The run was the 1355th of Choi’s career. It tied him with current Doosan Bears manager Lee Seung-yeop, who played for the Samsung Lions.

Choi made KBO history by surpassing Lee in a single day. Choi warmed up with an RBI double in the first inning, then followed it up with an RBI single in the top of the third with the bases loaded. Heredia followed with an RBI double to center field. 1356 runs scored. He passed Lee as the all-time leader in runs scored. He came into the dugout to a lot of congratulations, and Kim Won-hyung personally presented him with a bouquet of flowers.

Choi added another run in the top of the seventh. With runners on second and first, Choi singled to center field. And once again, Heredia came through. Heredia hit a hard shot to right-center field, bringing home both Ha and Choi. It was the 1357th run scored.

Choi joined the SK Wyverns (now SSG) with the first overall pick in the 2005 draft, but began to make his mark in the 2006 season. He hit double-digit home runs from 2006 onward and never missed double-digit home runs until the 2023 season. This is the first 18 consecutive years of double-digit home runs in the KBO. In his 18-year career, Choi has played in 2144 games with 2112 hits, 454 home runs, 1444 RBIs, 1357 runs scored, a .287 batting average and a .918 OPS.메이저놀이터

Choi is still on track to make more history. He is currently second on the career home run list with 454. In first place is Lee Seung-yeop with 467 arches. That’s a difference of 13. He also ranks third in career RBIs with 1442. In second place is Lee Seung-yup with 1498 RBIs, and in first place is Choi Hyung-woo (KIA Tigers), who is currently making history with Choi Jung. Choi has 1535 RBIs. It will be interesting to see how many more records Choi can set in the future.

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