Song Jin-woo

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Song Jin-woo
JW Song 1995 stamp of Nicaragua.jpg
Hanwha Eagles – No. 21
Pitcher / Coach
Born: (1966-02-16) February 16, 1966 (age 55)
Jeungpyeong, North Chungcheong, South Korea
Batted: Left Threw: Left
KBO debut
April 12, 1989, for the Binggrae Eagles
Last KBO appearance
September 23, 2009, for the Hanwha Eagles
KBO statistics
Earned run average3.51
As player

As coach

Career highlights and awards

KBO Records

Song Jin-woo
Revised RomanizationSong Jinu
McCune–ReischauerSong Chinu

Song Jin-woo (Hangul: 송진우, Hanja: 宋津宇; born February 16, 1966) is a retired South Korean left-handed pitcher who played for the Hanwha Eagles his entire career. Song played in the KBO League for 21 seasons between 1989 and 2009. He currently holds several pitching records for the KBO, including his 210 wins, 2048 strikeouts, and 3003 innings pitched.[1][2] He is the only pitcher in KBO League history to win 200 games, and the only one to strike out 2,000 or more batters. Because of his central role in establishing the Korean baseball players' association (essentially a players' union), he has the nickname of "Mr. President."[3]

Song attended Dongguk University.[3] He competed for South Korea in the 1988 Summer Olympics, and at the 2000 Summer Olympics, on the team that won the bronze medal.

On May 18, 2000, Song no-hit the Haitai Tigers (winning the game 6-0), becoming only the tenth KBO pitcher to accomplish that feat.[4]

Song won the 2002 KBO League Golden Glove Award with a record of 18-7, a 2.99 ERA, 165 strikeouts, and 8 complete games.

Song was the first pitcher in the KBO to strike out over 2,000 batters. He accomplished this feat on June 6, 2008, at his home field of Daejeon Baseball Stadium against the Woori Heroes. He recorded the strikeout in the bottom of the 8th inning with two outs, ringing up Song Ji-man.

Song's number 21 jersey was retired by the Eagles on September 23, 2009.

KBO Retired Hanwha 21.svg

Coaching career[edit]

Song became the Eagles' pitching coach in 2018, vowing to change the team's approach. Song said, "Changing the entry is the most sensitive issue between coaches and players." Song's "personalized' prescription" played a big role. Foreign pitcher Keyvius Sampson had difficulty in the early stages of the season, but he improved his position as well as his arrest while correcting his position. [Song] told Jason Wheeler to fix the changeup. Song coach also emphasized "communication."[5]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Korean baseball’s old-timers rack up the records," JoongAng Daily. Accessed on 2009-1-4.
  2. ^ Song Jin-Woo player page Accessed on 2009-1-4.
  3. ^ a b "Jin-woo Song," BR Bullpen. Retrieved July 14, 2020.
  4. ^ Kim Tae-jong. "No-hitter records in KBO history," The Korea Times (2014-06-25).
  5. ^ 강, 주형 (2018-05-18). "Trust, communicate and customize song jin -woo". The Hankook-Ilbo. Retrieved 2018-06-01.

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