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 .


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63 Comments on "Orioles, Chong Tae-Hyon Near Deal"


Shawn Ryu
3 years 9 months ago

Another Korean, finally.

3 years 9 months ago

I just nailed this on the free agent contest.

StanleyPujols
3 years 9 months ago

uhh….

CAD_Monkey
3 years 9 months ago

Awesome, MLB really needs more submarine pitchers.

AnJrue
3 years 9 months ago

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

3 years 9 months ago

Any pronounciation help? 

AnJrue
3 years 9 months 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
3 years 9 months ago

Can you blame them?

KeithLawSucksInStl
3 years 9 months ago

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

JacksTigers
3 years 9 months 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
3 years 9 months ago

You answered your own question on that one I suppose.

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

JacksTigers
3 years 9 months ago

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

KeithLawSucksInStl
3 years 9 months 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
3 years 9 months 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
3 years 9 months 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
3 years 9 months ago

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

Hubbs2
3 years 9 months ago

How do you see a person say something?

RationalSportsFan
3 years 9 months ago

Helen Keller.

John DiRienzo
3 years 9 months ago

she can’t see anything either.

chico65
3 years 9 months ago

Neither can other dead people

3 years 9 months ago

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.

fivebeesforaquarter
3 years 9 months ago

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

KeithLawSucksInStl
3 years 9 months 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!

3 years 9 months ago

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
3 years 9 months ago

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

3 years 9 months ago

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.

3 years 9 months ago

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

shysox
3 years 9 months ago

Dude!

Greg Halman died. Am I late on this? 

3 years 9 months ago

Yes.

3 years 9 months ago

Just a little.

shysox
3 years 9 months ago

oops. sorry. no disrespect though. (to his family)

StanleyPujols
3 years 9 months ago

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

icedrake523
3 years 9 months ago

The Orioles now have the best Starcraft player in baseball.

3 years 9 months ago

lol hahaha

Roy Munson
3 years 9 months ago

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

Onetimeaccount
3 years 9 months ago

/idiotic post.

Dynasty22
3 years 9 months ago

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

Rabbitov
3 years 9 months 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
3 years 9 months ago

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

3 years 9 months ago

but I would not be a conspiracy if it did not stretch the facts.

3 years 9 months ago

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

OrangeCards
3 years 9 months 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
3 years 9 months 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
3 years 9 months ago

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

3 years 9 months ago

I like baseball.

$7562574
3 years 9 months ago

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

MetsMagic
3 years 9 months ago

Why? If you can pitch, you can pitch. 

anthony88
3 years 9 months 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  

nietzschesass
3 years 9 months ago

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

JacksTigers
3 years 9 months ago

I’m sorry, what?

AnJrue
3 years 9 months 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

3 years 9 months ago

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

AnJrue
3 years 9 months 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

AnJrue
3 years 9 months 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

Bleed_Orange
3 years 9 months ago

Wang on the Nats is Korean

Epic Fail

AnJrue
3 years 9 months ago

Wang’s taiwanese

Wainwrights_Curveball
3 years 9 months ago

lol

Bleed_Orange
3 years 9 months ago

Yep your right. My b

Rabbitov
3 years 9 months ago

And Meredith has an incredibly bad attitude. 

Rabbitov
3 years 9 months ago

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

Wainwrights_Curveball
3 years 9 months ago

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

John DiRienzo
3 years 9 months ago

good call, you showed him

chico65
3 years 9 months 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?