|Lotte Giants – No. 8|
October 2, 1982 |
|April 2, 2005, for the SK Wyverns|
|Career highlights and awards|
|World Baseball Classic|
|2009 Los Angeles||Team|
|2015 WBSC Premier12|
|Revised Romanization||Jeong Geun-u|
Jeong Keun-woo (Hangul: 정근우, Hanja: 鄭根宇; born October 2, 1982 in Busan, South Korea) is a second baseman and shortstop who currently plays for the Hanwha Eagles in the Korea Baseball Organization. He bats and throws right-handed.
Jeong attended Busan High School in Busan, South Korea. In 1999, he was selected for the South Korea national junior team and participated in the 1999 World Junior Baseball Championship held in Kaohsiung City, Taiwan. In 2000, he was selected again for the South Korea national junior team that won the 2000 World Junior Baseball Championship in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. He led the attack alongside future pro baseball stars Choo Shin-soo, Kim Tae-kyun and Lee Dae-ho, batting .333 with 3 RBIs as a starting second baseman.
In November 2003, Jeong competed for the South Korean national team as an amateur player again in the 2003 Baseball World Cup. In the tournament, he batted .308 with 2 home runs and 10 RBIs, leading the team in RBI. In Team Korea's second game against Russia, he went 5-for-6 with a home run and 5 RBIs to lead his team to a 26-3 victory.
In 2004, as a senior he participated in the 2nd World University Baseball Championship and led his team to the bronze medal, winning the RBI title.
Notable international careers
|1999||Chinese Taipei||World Junior Baseball Championship||5th|
|2000||Canada||World Junior Baseball Championship||.333 BA (9-for-27), 3 RBI|
|2002||Cuba||Intercontinental Cup||.294 BA (5-for-15)|
|2003||Cuba||Baseball World Cup||8th||.308 BA (12-for-39), 2 HR, 10 RBI, 9 R|
|2004||Chinese Taipei||World University Baseball Championship||1st in RBI|
Drafted by the SK Wyverns in the second round (15th overall) of the 2005 KBO Draft, Jeong made his pro league debut on April 2, 2005. He had a disappointing rookie season, managing only a .193 batting average.
However, the next season he batted .284 with 45 stolen bases (2nd in the league) and 122 hits, and won the Golden Glove award at second base. After the 2006 KBO season, Jeong was selected for the South Korea national team, and won a bronze medal at the 2006 Asian Games in Doha, Qatar.
Jeong had a .323 batting average (4th in the league) in the 2007 KBO season, the first season of a .300-plus batting average, leading his team to the Korean Series Championship. As a member of the South Korea national team, he competed in the 2007 Asian Baseball Championship and 2008 Final Olympic Qualification Tournament.
In the 2008 KBO season, Jeong hit .300-plus once again (.317), and ranked 2nd in hits (154) and 3rd in stolen bases (40).
On July 16, 2008, Jeong was selected for South Korea national team in the 2008 Olympics. In Beijing, he batted 9-for-29 with 4 runs and a RBI, playing as a utility infielder. In the team's third game of round-robin play against Canada, he smacked a solo home run off Mike Johnson in the third inning that held up for a 1-0 win for South Korea.
On December 11, 2009, he obtained his first Golden Glove Award in the second baseman nomination.
Awards and honors
- 2006 Golden Glove Award (Second baseman)
- 2009 Golden Glove Award (Second baseman)
Bold = led KBO
Notable international careers
|2006||Qatar||Asian Games||.350 BA (7-for-20), 3 RBI, 8 R, 3 SB, 4 BB|
|2007||Chinese Taipei||Asian Baseball Championship||.250 BA (2-for-8), 2 RBI, 2 R|
|2008||China||Olympic Games||.310 BA (9-for-29), 1 HR, 1 RBI, 5 R|
|2009||United States||World Baseball Classic||.292 BA (7-for-24), 1 HR, 2 RBI, 7 R|
|2010||China||Guangzhou Asian Games||.563 BA (9-for-16), 3 RBI, 6 R, 3 BB|
- Yoo Jee-ho (November 15, 2016). "Nat'l team 2B Jeong Keun-woo to undergo knee surgery, WBC status in doubt". Yonhap. Seoul. Retrieved November 17, 2016.
- (in Korean) 정근우, 2루수 독보적 골든글러브
- Career statistics and player information from Korea Baseball Organization
- Career statistics and player information from Baseball-Reference (Minors)
- Jeong Keun-woo at Hanwha Eagles Baseball Club (in Korean)
- Jeong Keun-woo at Sports Reference
- Jeong Keun-woo on Cyworld (in Korean)
- Jeong Keun-woo Fancafe at Naver (in Korean)