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Jae-ho Baek (백재호) also listed as Paik and Back
- Bats Right, Throws Right
- Height 5' 9", Weight 175 lb.
Jae-ho Baek was an Olympic infielder.
Baek played for South Korea in the 1992 World Junior Championship and 1994 Asian Games (winning Silver in the latter event). He hit .290/.436/.452 with 8 runs and 9 RBI as the main Korean 2B in the 1995 Intercontinental Cup, though he fielded just .921 at second. He tied for 6th in the Cup in RBI, leading his team, and was second on South Korea in runs (behind Byung-kyu Lee). He struggled on both fronts in the 1996 Olympics, fielding .917 and going 1 for 16 with two walks, a double and two RBI, with more errors (3) than hits (1). He split 2B with Dong-wook Lee and Soo-kwan Kim and SS with Jong-kook Chea. His only hit came against the Netherlands in the lone Korean win; they finished last.
The Hanwha Eagles took Baek in the second round of the 1997 draft. He had a productive pro debut, hitting .243/.331/.426 with 16 homers in 1997 while playing mainly 2B. He batted .257/.335/.420 with 13 HR while moving to short in 1998. He helped Korea win a Gold Medal in the 1998 Asian Games. In 1999, he produced at a .248/.303/.362 clip. The next year, he continued to decline, hitting .216/.296/.326.
In 2001, he hit .276/.378/.392. He followed with a very different outcome in 2002 when his batting line read .202/.258/.409, with 10 homers in 193 at-bats. In 2003, Baek batted .228/.338/.333. He was just 7 for 35 with 3 doubles and a triple in 2004. In 2005, the 30/31-year-old veteran hit .277/.329/.362 in a part-time role. He was limited to 42 games in 2006 but did well offensively - .349/.434/.442. He faded to .226/.342/.360 in 2007, his final season. Overall, he hit .245/.323/.380 in 1,007 career games in the KBO.