Cho In-sung

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Cho In-sung
Hanwha Eagles – No. 44
Catcher
Born: (1975-05-25) May 25, 1975 (age 40)
Bats: Right Throws: Right
Professional debut
KBO: April 15, 1998 for the LG Twins
KBO statistics
(through 2013)
Batting average .257
Home runs 165
RBI 716
Teams
Cho In-sung
Medal record
Men's baseball
Representing  South Korea
World Baseball Classic
Bronze medal – third place 2006 San Diego Team
Cho In-sung
Hangul
Hanja
Revised Romanization Jo Inseong
McCune–Reischauer Cho Insŏng
This is a Korean name; the family name is Cho.

Cho In-sung (Hangul: 조인성; Hanja: 趙寅成; born May 25, 1975 in Seoul, South Korea) is a South Korean catcher for the Hanwha Eagles in the Korea Baseball Organization. He bats and throws right-handed.

Amateur career[edit]

In November 1993, as a junior at Shinil High School in Seoul, South Korea, Cho was selected as a member of the South Korea junior national baseball team and competed in the annual friendly baseball series against the Japan junior national baseball team in Okinawa, Japan.

In 1994, Cho started his collegiate career playing for Yonsei University. Regarded as the nation's top catching prospect in college baseball, he regularly participated in international events during his four years at the college.

In 1996, Cho was called up to the South Korea national baseball team for the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta, United States. In the Olympics, he hit 2 home runs, including a 2-run home run off of Masanori Sugiura, with a .263 batting average and 5 RBIs.

Notable international careers[edit]

Year Venue Competition Team Individual Note
1995  Japan Universiade Silver medal icon.svg .333 BA (1-for-3)
1995  Japan Asian Baseball Championship Silver medal icon.svg
1995  Cuba Intercontinental Cup 4th .000 BA (0-for-8), 1 RBI
1996  United States Olympic Games 8th .263 BA (5-for-19), 2 HR, 5 RBI, 3 R
1997  Chinese Taipei Asian Baseball Championship Gold medal icon.svg

Professional career[edit]

Cho was selected by the LG Twins in the 1st round of the 1998 KBO Draft. In his rookie season, he played 84 games as a backup catcher for the Twins, hitting .269 with 36 hits in 134 at-bats. After the season, Cho was named to the South Korea national baseball team that won the gold medal at the Asian Games held in Bangkok, Thailand in December 1998. Cho received a military exemption for winning the gold medal, alongside the fellow gold medalists Park Chan-ho, Seo Jae-weong and Kim Byung-hyun.

After the 1999 season, All-Star veteran catcher Kim Dong-soo became a free agent and signed with the Samsung Lions for the 2000 season. Upon Kim Dong-soo's departure through free agency to the Samsung Lions, Cho earned the full-time position behind the plate for the Twins in the 2000 season.

In 2000, his first season as the full-time catcher for the Twins, Cho struggled at the plate, batting .225 with 5 home runs but exhibited strong defensive skills, leading the league in caught-stealing percentage, as he threw out 24 of 50 runners.

In 2003, Cho hit a career-high 19 home runs with a 257 batting average and 58 RBIs, playing in a career-high 132 games as the club's full-time catcher.

Prior to the 2006 season, Cho played for the South Korea at the inaugural World Baseball Classic in March 2006. He led his team to the bronze medal, going 2-for-9 at the plate and splitting the position behind the plate with Hong Sung-heon and Jin Kab-yong.

In 2007, Cho had his most offensively productive season when he posted career-highs in batting (.282), hits (118), RBI (73), runs (44) and doubles (24) in 124 games.

During a televised pennant game in August 2009, Cho and one of his teammate pitcher Shim Soo-chang arguing on the mound was caught on camera. The next day, Cho and Shim were both sent to the LG Twins minor league system.

Notable international careers[edit]

Year Venue Competition Team Individual Note
1998  Thailand Asian Games Gold medal icon.svg .353 BA (6-for-17), 6 RBI, 2 R
2003  Japan Asian Baseball Championship Bronze medal icon.svg .000 BA (0-for-3)
2006  United States World Baseball Classic Bronze medal icon.svg .222 BA (2-for-9)
2006  Qatar Asian Games Bronze medal icon.svg .286 BA (2-for-7)
2007  Chinese Taipei Asian Baseball Championship Silver medal icon.svg .400 BA (4-for-10), 1 RBI. 1 R
2008  Chinese Taipei Final Olympic Qualification Tournament Silver medal icon.svg .222 BA (2-for-9), 1 RBI, 2 R

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