Orioles, Chong Tae-Hyon Near Deal

TUESDAY, 11:01pm: Peter Schmuck of The Baltimore Sun says the two sides are still finalizing some details and could have the deal wrapped up by Wednesday. An announcement is not imminent, and Tae-Hyon's physical will be delayed by Thanksgiving.

MONDAY, 9:13pm: The Orioles are close to a deal with Tae-Hyon, but haven't officially agreed to terms, according to Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun (on Twitter). The right-hander would get a Major League deal, which means Baltimore will have to clear a 40-man roster spot.

8:22pm: The Orioles agreed to sign Korean right-hander Chong Tae-Hyon, according to MLB.com's Brittany Ghiroli (on Twitter). The sides had been discussing a deal earlier today.

This 2009 video shows Tae-Hyon facing the Dodgers in a warmup game for the most recent World Baseball Classic .

63 Responses to Orioles, Chong Tae-Hyon Near Deal Leave a Reply

  1. Shawn Ryu 4 years ago

    Another Korean, finally.

  2. I just nailed this on the free agent contest.

  3. CAD_Monkey 4 years ago

    Awesome, MLB really needs more submarine pitchers.

  4. AnJrue 4 years ago

    The deal is supposedly 2 years 3.2 million,, with incentives up to 3.8 i believe

  5. Any pronounciation help? 

    • AnJrue 4 years ago

      the correct pronunciation is more like “jung day hyun”
      but we all know that newscasters and espn will butcher it and say “chong”

      • JacksTigers 4 years ago

        Can you blame them?

        • KeithLawSucksInStl 4 years ago

           Actually, as people who get paid to pronounce things, yes, I can.

          • JacksTigers 4 years ago

            They are announcers, not pronouncers. How do you pronnounce Aramis Ramirez. Because in the Dominican, the “S” is silent. It’s said as Aramee

          • KeithLawSucksInStl 4 years ago

            You answered your own question on that one I suppose.

            It is, however, imperative that announcers pronounce properly, good sir.

          • JacksTigers 4 years ago

            I was showing the fact that lots of people screw up names.

          • KeithLawSucksInStl 4 years ago

            I know. I’m saying that people who are paid to not screw them up shouldn’t. If you didn’t get that by now I can’t help you. Good day sir.

          • JacksTigers 4 years ago

            I get that, but if you can’t get that announcers are not paid to pronounce but announce then God can only help you. I would be willing to bet that you couldn’t pronounce his name before you saw somebody else say it. Hypocrite say what?

          • KeithLawSucksInStl 4 years ago

            I don’t think anyone can “pronounce” anything better after they “saw” a word, you’d need to hear it. Try harder next time.

          • JacksTigers 4 years ago

            Read the comment. You knew exactly what I was saying.

          • Hubbs2 4 years ago

            How do you see a person say something?

          • RationalSportsFan 4 years ago

            Helen Keller.

          • John DiRienzo 4 years ago

            she can’t see anything either.

          • chico65 4 years ago

            Neither can other dead people

          • I am in total agreement with KL on this one. Would it kill an announcer (who are always bragging about their access to the teams) to go to the locker room, contact the player or a team rep and “learn” the correct pronunciation of the name? One’s name is a most precious asset, and butchering it, by anyone, a sin.

  6. fivebeesforaquarter 4 years ago

    Nice to see the O’s NOT pissing away millions on the Kevin Greggs of the world to fill out the bullpen.

  7. KeithLawSucksInStl 4 years ago

    I have to say, I love seeing funky deliveries.

    After seeing his name and that he was Korean, I was hoping for something along those lines.

    Good luck Jung, hopefully you’re better than Byung-Hyun Kim!

    • Kim was good until he got moved to the rotation. From ’99-’03 he had a 3.24 ERA, 10 K/9, 3.8 BB/9.

      • KeithLawSucksInStl 4 years ago

        I know. I hope he’s better. Better managed as well, some guys just aren’t 5 inning pitchers.

      • Is that what happened? It’s been so long… Also, that’s why I worry about Jim Johnson. I really don’t think he’s a starter.

    • Kim was a pretty good closer in Arizona(submarine fireballer as you can see his k/9) Even though Jung throws like Kim, he doesn’t have better stuff than kim’s obviously in my opinion, but better command and harder sinker ball..
      I think Jung is going to perform well in the pen only facing the righties cuz it should be hard for them(rod, bautista, jeter etc) to get used to his funky delivery

  8. shysox 4 years ago


    Greg Halman died. Am I late on this? 

  9. StanleyPujols 4 years ago

    Gee, how will the O’s ever figure out a way to clear a spot on their star-studded roster.

  10. icedrake523 4 years ago

    The Orioles now have the best Starcraft player in baseball.

  11. Roy Munson 4 years ago

    And once again the Orioles send shock-waves through Major League Baseball…. Always riveting off seasons in Bridland…

  12. Dynasty22 4 years ago

    Good to see the O’s getting more involved in the international market.

  13. Rabbitov 4 years ago

    Does anyone else find it weird that both McPhail and Duquette began their Oriole careers signing a mid-30s reliever from Asia?  Conspiracy? 

    • AnJrue 4 years ago

      but duqutte signed antonelli first,, before chong,, so ur theory=interesting, but wrong

  14. It could be interesting to see if this move will actually help the Orioles.

  15. OrangeCards 4 years ago

    If he turns out to be another Koji, sign me up.

    If he turns out to be like every other FA reliever for the Orioles of the past decade, #*@$#@!

    • Wainwrights_Curveball 4 years ago

      If Chong can get outs and keep the O’s in ball games, I think that’s really all they’re looking for. However, since he’s a groundball pitcher, I do have concerns regarding his corner infielders (Reynolds and Davis).

      • switchhitingjesus 4 years ago

        Heck, even if he turns out to be a Chad Bradford I would be happy.

  16. I like baseball.

  17. $7562574 4 years ago

    he is making a mistake by going to an a.l. east team.

  18. anthony88 4 years ago

    I hope this is the beginning of many new foreign talent for the O’s. the Orioles need to scout more outside of the US from now on as well. the Mariners are a good example at that  

  19. nietzschesass 4 years ago

    That’s his real name. Can’t be helped 😉

  20. JacksTigers 4 years ago

    I’m sorry, what?

  21. AnJrue 4 years ago

    He is a great late inning guy who will get the ground ball outs cuz he’s primarily a sinker ball pitcher.  He has done outstanding in international competitions since 2000 and he’s held a 1.93 era over 11 years and 569 innings of work in the kbo

  22. One thing it’s definitely going to do is boost the international fan base for the O’s.

  23. AnJrue 4 years ago

    well yes, but the difference between meredith and chong is that chong has a lower delivery.  meredith is closer to a sidearm, while chong throws from way down south.  now he also isnt a chad bradford either, cuz bradford tilts his body to the side as he throws, chong stays more upright.  the most similar pitcher i can think of that pitched in the majors would be byung-hyun kim, who at first was quite dominant as a closer, so i imagine at least for a year or two chong will be a strong bullpen addition for the O’s

  24. AnJrue 4 years ago

    that is a very smart point,, because when choo started to play well with the indians, all of korea started buying jerseys and indians’ baseball caps, you start to see indians merchandise all over korean tv, now with choo the only korean in the majors right now, adding chong would equal lots of money for the O’s

  25. Bleed_Orange 4 years ago

    Wang on the Nats is Korean

    Epic Fail

  26. AnJrue 4 years ago

    Wang’s taiwanese

  27. Wainwrights_Curveball 4 years ago


  28. Bleed_Orange 4 years ago

    Yep your right. My b

  29. Rabbitov 4 years ago

    And Meredith has an incredibly bad attitude. 

  30. Rabbitov 4 years ago

    Baltimore already has Ricky Williams on the Ravens. . . just saying!

  31. Wainwrights_Curveball 4 years ago

    yeah you should probably change your comment, otherwise it’s going to get removed.

  32. John DiRienzo 4 years ago

    good call, you showed him

  33. chico65 4 years ago

    I said “Duquette does like Korean relievers.  I see old habits die hard.”

    What about that statement warrants removal?  Doesn’t anyone remember Byun-hyun Kim, Seung Song, Sun-Woo Kim, Jin-Ho Cho and others?

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