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Hong Sung-heon (Hangul: 홍성흔, born February 28, 1977 in Hoengseong County, Gangwon-do, South Korea) is a former South Korean designated hitter. He batted and threw right-handed.

South Korean baseball player

In this Korean name, the family name is Hong.
Hong Sung-heon
Designated hitter
Born: (1977-02-28) February 28, 1977 (age 44)
Batted: Right
Threw: Right
KBO debut
1999, for the Doosan Bears
Last KBO appearance
August 9, 2016, for the Doosan Bears
KBO statistics
(through 2016 season)
Batting average .301
Home runs 208
RBI 1,120
Teams
Career highlights and awards
  • 3x Korean Series champion (2001, 2015, 2016)
  • 2x KBO All-Star Game MVP (2006, 2010)
  • KBO Rookie of the Year (1999)
  • 6x KBO Golden Glove Award winner (2001, 2004, 2008–2011)
Medals
Men’s Baseball
Representing  South Korea
2000 Sydney Team

Hong was a catcher, and had been regularly called up to the South Korea national baseball team as a starting catcher until he was converted to a designated hitter in 2007.

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In June 1998, as a senior at Kyung Hee University, Hong got his first call-up to the South Korea national baseball team for the 4-Nation Friendly Baseball Championship in Kobe, Japan.

In July 1998, Hong participated in the 1998 Baseball World Cup.[1] South Korea eventually claimed the silver medal two times in a row, and as a starting catcher he led the team attack alongside cleanup hitterChoi Hee-seop and Park Han-yi.

In November 1998, Hong was called up to the South Korean national team for the 1998 Asian Games, which included professional players for the first time ever.[2] He was the only amateur catcher on the roster.

Year Venue Competition Team Individual Note
1998  Italy Baseball World Cup .229 BA (8-for-35), 7 RBI
1998  Thailand Asian Games .143 BA (1-for-7), 1 R

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