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Choi Jeong Breaks KBO Home Run Record With 468

 Matt Tallarini  |    Apr 24th, 2024 1:33pm EDT

Infielder Choi Jeong #14 of SSG Landers rounds the bases after hitting a home run. (Photo by Han Myung-Gu/Getty Images)

SSG Landers third baseman, Choi Jeong, broke the Korean Baseball Organization home run record during his third at-bat in the top of the fifth inning on Wednesday night at Sajik Baseball Stadium in Busan, South Korea. He drove a solo home run over the left field wall that went 360 feet off of Lotte Giants starting pitcher In-bok Lee.

The (15-11-1) SSG Landers beat the (7-17-1) Lotte Giants 12-7 on Wednesday night.

The SSG Landers are in fourth place, tied with the Samsung Lions, who have the same record. The Lotte Giants are last in the KBO.

Choi, 37, was born in Incheon, South Korea, and has played with the SSG Landers for 20 seasons. The SSG Landers were called the SK Wyverns until after the 2020 regular season.

Choi won the KBO League Golden Glove Award six times from 2011-2013, 2016-17, and 2019, won the Korean Series MVP in 2008, and led the KBO in home runs from 2016-17.

Former Samsung Lions player Seung-yuop Lee had the most home runs in the KBO with 467. Seung-yuop Lee played with the Samsung Lions from 1995-2003 and 2012-2017.

The 47-year-old was a five-time KBO MVP in 1997 and 1999 and from 2001-03, a 10-time KBO Golden Glove Award winner from 1997-2003, 2012, and 2014-15, an 11-time KBO All-Star from 1997-2003, 2013, and 2015-17, led the KBO in home runs five-times in 1997, 1999, and from 2001-03, led the KBO in RBI four-times in in 1997, 1999,  and from 2002-03, won the Korean Series championship title four times in 2002 and from 2012-14, and won the Korean Series MVP Award in 2012.

Seung-yuop Lee is the current manager of the Lotte Giants in his third season.

The SSG Landers will play the final games of their series against the Lotte Giants at 5:30 a.m. on April 25 at Sajik Baseball Stadium in Busan, South Korea.

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Matt Tallarini
Matthew (Matt) Tallarini is the Founder and Chief Correspondent for the World Baseball Network. Matt played semi-professional baseball with the Pelham Mets in Pelham, New York for four years, including the 2018 Semi Pro World Series. During the pandemic, Matt began engaging with international baseball, as a way to keep connected to the sport. Matt created the World Baseball Network and its signature website, WorldBaseball.com as a way to promote and inform similar likeminded fans about the players, teams and leagues innovating the sport of baseball and feeding into Major League Baseball (MLB). As a result of Matt’s efforts, World Baseball Network is now the benchmark standard for international baseball coverage, including MLB, MiLB, NCAA, Korea, Japan, Caribbean, Baseball United, WBC, WBSC and more. In a short time, Matt has interviewed a who’s who of global baseball legends and coaches. These include: Former Yankee closer Hall of Famer Mariano Rivera; Hall of Famer Trevor Hoffman; former Yankee Luis Sojo veteran of four Yankee World series teams; Mickey Callaway former MLB manager; Paul Mainieri LSU National Championship coach; Eric Holtz manager Team Israel of the 2020 Olympics; Ian Kinsler former MLB player and now Israel national team player; Harold Ramirez of the Tampa Bay Rays formerly with the Indians and Cubs; Joey Meneses of the Washington Nationals; and Mike Cameron current USA Baseball advisor former-MLB outfielder. Matt Tallarini is 2015 graduate of Mitchell College with a Bachelor’s Degree in Science and a 2022 graduate of Iona University with a Masters in Finance. Since its inception, Matt has been the Chief Correspondent for World Baseball Network. Matt has interviewed and interacted with many international players and coaches including former Yankee closer Hall of Famer Mariano Rivera, Hall of Famer Trevor Hoffman, former Yankee Luis Sojo veteran of four Yankee World series teams, Mickey Callaway former MLB manager, Paul Mainieri LSU National Championship coach, Eric Holtz manager Team Israel of the 2020 Olympics, Ian Kinsler former MLB player and now Israel national team player, Harold Ramirez of the Tampa Bay Rays formerly with the Indians and Cubs, Joey Meneses of the Washington Nationals, Mike Cameron current USA Baseball advisor former-MLB outfielder. Matthew is 2015 graduate of Mitchell College with a Bachelor’s Degree in Science and a 2022 graduate of Iona University with a Masters in Finance.