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This is a Korean name; the family name is Choi.
Hee-seop Choi

Kia Tigers — No. 23
First baseman
Born: March 16, 1979 (1979-03-16) (age 30)
Hwasun, South Korea
Bats: Left Throws: Left 
MLB debut
September 3, 2002 for the Chicago Cubs
Career statistics
(through 2009 season)
Batting average     .268
Home runs     73
On-base percentage     .392
Teams
Career highlights and awards
Korean name
Hangul 최희섭
Hanja 崔熙燮
Revised Romanization Choe Huiseop
McCune–Reischauer Ch'oe Hŭi-sŏp

Hee-seop Choi (born March 19, 1979 in Hwasun, South Korea) is a professional baseball player who has played in the MLB for the Chicago Cubs, Florida Marlins, and the Los Angeles Dodgers. He is a first baseman who bats and throws left-handed. Choi currently plays for the Kia Tigers in the South Korean KBO League.

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Amateur career

Hee-seop Choi graduated from Kwang-Ju Jae Il High School in Gwangju, South Korea, in 1998. He attended Korea University in 1998 and was a member of the South Korea national baseball team that finished second in the 1998 Baseball World Cup. He was scouted and signed by Leon Lee, the father of Chicago Cubs first baseman Derrek Lee. Coincidentally, he later was traded to the Marlins for Lee.

Professional career

MLB Career

Beginning in 1999, Choi spent four seasons in the Cubs minor league system and was considered to be one of the organization's top prospects. On September 3, 2002, Choi made his Major League debut against the Milwaukee Brewers and became the first Korean-born position player to play in the Major Leagues.

In 2003, Choi played in 80 games, hitting .218 with eight home runs and 28 RBI. He was the Opening Day starter for the Cubs, but suffered a concussion following a collision with teammate pitcher Kerry Wood on June 7, 2003.[1] Choi went on the disabled list, and never reclaimed his starting role. After the season, he was traded to the World Champion Florida Marlins for Derrek Lee.

With his new team, Choi began the 2004 season impressively batting .295 with nine home runs and 18 RBIs in April. But his stay with the Marlins was a brief one. On July 30, he was traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers along with Brad Penny and minor league pitcher Bill Murphy for Paul Lo Duca, Guillermo Mota, and Juan Encarnación. Sabermetric baseball analysts claimed that Choi did not get enough playing time because of bias from the Dodgers' old school managerial style, which kept rookies on the bench for extended periods of time. Jim Tracy reportedly said that he did not start Choi on one particular day because Adam Eaton was pitching, and Eaton has a unique arm angle in his pitching delivery.

Choi represented South Korea in the 2006 World Baseball Classic, in which his most significant contribution was hitting a three-run pinch-hit home run against Team U.S.A.

During the 2005-2006 offseason, the Dodgers signed Nomar Garciaparra to be the everyday first baseman. Rather than keep Choi on the bench or blocking James Loney, Coletti's Dodgers decided to waive Choi during spring training; he was subsequently claimed by the Boston Red Sox.

Choi spent the entire 2006 season with Pawtucket. He was designated for assignment August 1, 2006, while on Pawtucket's disabled list and removed from Boston's 40-man roster. Choi cleared waivers on August 11, 2006, and was outrighted to Pawtucket.

On December 1, 2006, Choi signed a minor league contract with the Tampa Bay Devil Rays where he was given a shot to be Tampa Bay's everyday first baseman. Choi decided to return home after failing to make Tampa Bay's 40-man roster after 2007 spring training.

KBO career

On May 14, 2007, Choi signed with the Kia Tigers in the Korea Baseball Organization. In his KBO debut game, He went 0 for 5 against the Doosan Bears.[2] Choi finished his first KBO season with a .337 batting average, 7 home runs and 45 RBI, playing in 52 games.

Choi began the 2008 season in a slump due to waist injury, finishing the month of April with a batting average of just .208 and going 25-for-120 to close out the month, and was then demoted to the Korean minor league affiliate of the Kia Tigers. In July, he returned to the 26-man first-team roster, but finished the season with horrendous offensive stats. His batting average was a disappointing .229, and he had only 6 home runs and 22 RBI.

In 2009, Choi broke out offensively and became a star, rebounding from the slump. He helped the Tigers into title contention immediately, batting .308, blasting a pro career-best 33 home runs, leading the KBO league in runs with 98 and helping them win the 2009 KBO regular season. Choi was runner-up in home runs, RBI (100) and walks (103), 4th in slugging percentage (.589), 6th in on-base percentage (.435), and 11th in batting average. Choi and Kim Sang-Hyun hit 69 home runs, and the two together are called the "CK Cannon".[3]

In December 11, 2009, He obtained his first Golden Glove Award in first baseman nomination.[4][5]

Achievements

  • 2009 Runs Leader (KBO)
  • 2009 Golden Glove Award (First baseman)

All-Star appearances

See also

References

External links


Hee-seop Choi
File:HeeSeopChoi
Choi During his tenure with the Dodgers
Kia Tigers — No. 23
First baseman
Born: March 16, 1979 (1979-03-16) (age 31)
Hwasun, South Korea
Bats: Left Throws: Left
Professional debut
MLB: September 3, 2002 for the Chicago Cubs
KBO: May 19, 2007 for the Kia Tigers
MLB statistics
(through 2005)
Batting average    .240
Home runs    40
Runs batted in    120
KBO statistics
(through 2009)
Batting average    .297
Home runs    46
Runs batted in    168
Teams

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Career highlights and awards
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Korean name
Hangul 최희섭
Hanja 崔熙燮
Revised Romanization Choe Huiseop
McCune–Reischauer Ch'oe Hŭi-sŏp
This is a Korean name; the family name is Choi.

Hee-Seop Choi (Korean pronunciation: [hɯi sʌp tɕʰwe], English: /ˌhiː ˌsɒp ˈtʃɔɪ/; born March 19, 1979 in Hwasun, Jeollanam-do, South Korea) is a professional baseball player who has played in the MLB for the Chicago Cubs, Florida Marlins, and the Los Angeles Dodgers. He is a first baseman who bats and throws left-handed. Choi currently plays for the Kia Tigers in the South Korean pro baseball league.

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Amateur career

Choi graduated from Gwangju Jaeil High School in Gwangju, South Korea, in 1998. He attended Korea University in 1998 and was a member of the South Korea national baseball team that finished second in the 1998 Baseball World Cup. He was scouted and signed by Leon Lee, the father of Chicago Cubs first baseman Derrek Lee. Coincidentally, he later was traded to the Marlins for Lee.

Professional career

MLB career

Beginning in

  1. REDIRECT Template:Baseball Year, Choi spent four seasons in the Cubs minor league system and was considered to be one of the organization's top prospects. On September 3, 2002, Choi made his Major League debut against the Milwaukee Brewers and became the first Korean-born position player to play in the Major Leagues.

In

  1. REDIRECT Template:Baseball Year, Choi played in 80 games, hitting .218 with eight home runs and 28 RBI. He was the Opening Day starter for the Cubs, but suffered a concussion following a collision with teammate pitcher Kerry Wood on June 7, 2003.[1] Choi went on the disabled list, and never reclaimed his starting role. After the season, he was traded to the World Champion Florida Marlins for Derrek Lee.

With his new team, Choi began the

  1. REDIRECT Template:Baseball Year season impressively batting .295 with nine home runs and 18 RBIs in April. But his stay with the Marlins was a brief one. On July 30, he was traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers along with Brad Penny and minor league pitcher Bill Murphy for Paul Lo Duca, Guillermo Mota, and Juan Encarnación. Sabermetric baseball analysts claimed that Choi did not get enough playing time because of bias from the Dodgers' old school managerial style, which kept rookies on the bench for extended periods of time. Jim Tracy reportedly said that he did not start Choi on one particular day because Adam Eaton was pitching, and Eaton has a unique arm angle in his pitching delivery.

The weekend of June 10–12, 2005, playing for the Dodgers against the Minnesota Twins, Choi accomplished the rare feat of hitting six home runs in a three-game series.

Choi represented South Korea in the

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During the

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Choi spent the entire 2006 season with Pawtucket. He was designated for assignment August 1, 2006, while on Pawtucket's disabled list and removed from Boston's 40-man roster. Choi cleared waivers on August 11, 2006, and was outrighted to Pawtucket.

On December 1, 2006, Choi signed a minor league contract with the Tampa Bay Devil Rays where he was given a shot to be Tampa Bay's everyday first baseman. Choi decided to return home after failing to make Tampa Bay's 40-man roster after

  1. REDIRECT Template:Baseball Year spring training.

KBO career

On May 14,

  1. REDIRECT Template:Baseball Year, Choi signed with the Kia Tigers in the Korea Baseball Organization. In his KBO debut game, He went 0 for 5 against the Doosan Bears.[2] Choi finished his first KBO season with a .337 batting average, 7 home runs and 45 RBI, playing in 52 games.

Choi began the

  1. REDIRECT Template:Baseball Year season in a slump due to waist injury, finishing the month of April with a batting average of just .208 and going 25-for-120 to close out the month, and was then demoted to the Korean minor league affiliate of the Kia Tigers. In July, he returned to the 26-man first-team roster, but finished the season with horrendous offensive stats. His batting average was a disappointing .229, and he had only 6 home runs and 22 RBI.

In

  1. REDIRECT Template:Baseball Year, Choi broke out offensively and became a star, rebounding from the slump. He helped the Tigers into title contention immediately, batting .308, blasting a pro career-best 33 home runs, leading the KBO league in runs with 98 and helping them win the 2009 KBO regular season. Choi was runner-up in home runs, RBI (100) and walks (103), 4th in slugging percentage (.589), 6th in on-base percentage (.435), and 11th in batting average. Choi and Kim Sang-Hyun hit 69 home runs, and the two together are called the "CK Cannon".[3]

In December 11, 2009, He obtained his first Golden Glove Award in first baseman nomination.[4][5]

Achievements

  • 2009 Runs Leader (KBO)
  • 2009 Golden Glove Award (First baseman)

All-Star appearances

  • Choi was one of eight representatives in the 2005 Home Run Derby, representing South Korea.[6] Although he lasted only one round, he matched The Netherlands' representative, Andruw Jones, with a total of five home runs. He did not feature in the All-Star game.

See also

References

External links








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