Hyun-jin Ryu Biography

December 17, 2019
First published on:December 17, 2019
by John Max

Facts of Hyun-jin Ryu

Birth Name Hyun-jin Ryu
Birth Place Incheon, South Korea
Famous Name Hyun-jin Ryu
Father Jae-Cheon Ryu
Mother Seung-Soon Park
Net Worth $30 Million
Nationality South Korean
Ethnicity Asian
Currently Married Yes
Married to Bae Jihyeon (m. 2018)

2019 MLB All-Star Hyun-jin Ryu is a South Korean professional baseball starting pitcher who is currently a free agent. Most recently, he played for the Los Angeles Dodgers of MLB. Besides, he was pitched for the KBO's side Hanwha Eagles (2006–2012). 

Born on March 25, 1987, Ryu is the first player from the KBO to join an MLB team via the posting system as well as the first Korean pitcher to start in a World Series game. 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m), 255 lb left-handed pitcher Ryu throws a fastball between 89 and 92 mph, a cutter, a curveball, a slider, and a change-up.

Net Worth

Ryu's last one-year, $17.9 million contracts with Dodgers has added tremendous value to his back account. Earlier, he inked six-year, $36 million deal with the team. 

MLB Earnings

Year Team Earnings
2013 Los Angeles Dodgers $7,575,000
2014 Los Angeles Dodgers $3,500,000
2015 Los Angeles Dodgers $4,000,000
2016 Los Angeles Dodgers $7,000,000
2017 Los Angeles Dodgers $7,000,000
2018 Los Angeles Dodgers $7,000,000
2019 Los Angeles Dodgers $17,900,000
Total   $53,975,000

Before MLB, the hunk played for the KOB side Hanwha Eagles (2006–2012). According to the source, the KOB rooster makes $1 million per annum as a salary. 

Analyzing his contract and salary, his net worth in 2019 is over $30 million

Read Estate Portfolio

Soon after Ryo signed with Dodgers, he scored a lavish mansion at The Ritz-Carlton Residences at L.A. LIVE. The luxury-branded estate offers Ritz-Carlton VIP treatment and amenities right in the heart of LA’s sports and entertainment district.

Hyun-jin Ryu's mansion
SOURCE: theagencyre

Furthermore, the 2,125 square-foot residence is a 2-bedroom plus-den condominium on the northwest corner of the building, featuring breathtaking views of Downtown, Hollywood Hills and Santa Monica.

A Married Man

Former Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Ryu Hyun-jin is married to his long-time girlfriend, Bae Ji-Hyun, a local sports announcer. The duo met back in 2014, through his former Hanwha Eagles teammate, Chung Min-Chul.

Hyun-jin Ryu and his girlfriend, BAE JI-HYUN SOURCE: Instagram @hyunjinryu325

The couple publicized their love affair in 2017. At the time, they were already talking about getting hitched. The lovebirds shared their engagement photos in December 2017. 

Ryu Hyun-jin ties knot with sports announcer, Bae SOURCE: The Korea Herald

On 5th January 2018, Ryu Hyun-jin and his fiancee exchanged the vows after dating over two years. Their wedding ceremony was held at Shilla Hotel in Seoul, which was officiant by Ryu’s former manager in South Korea with the Hanwha Eagles and South Korea’s biggest celebrities, Yoo Jae-suk, served as the master of ceremonies.

On October 11, 2019, the couple announced they are expecting their first kid. 

Know More About His Wifey

Ryu's spouse, Bae, is a graduate of  Sogang University, who holds a degree in English literature.  

She is a former model who has been hosting nightly baseball highlight shows on cable television for several years. What's more, she is a famosu television host and sports announcer from South Korea who worked as a news anchor for MBC Sports Plus, SBS Sports as well as SBS ESPN. 

Early Years

Hyun-jin Ryu was born to parents: Jae-Cheon Ryu and Seung-Soon Park. He holds a South Korean nationality who came from an Asian ethnic background. At his 10, his dad bought him a lefthander’s glove that goes on the right hand, so Ryu learned to pitch with his left hand. 

He enrolled at Incheon's Dongsan High School and has a master's degree in community physical education at Daejeon University.

Career Highlights

MLB

  • MLB All-Star (2019)
  • All-MLB Second Team (2019)
  • NL ERA leader (2019)

KBO

  • 2006 Korean Triple Crown
  • 7× KBO All-Star won in 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, and 2012
  • 2006 KBO MVP 
  • 2006 KBO Rookie of the Year 
  • 2× KBO Golden Glove award (2006, 2010)
  • 5× KBO strikeout champion won in 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010,  & 2012
  • 2× KBO ERA champion  won in 2006 & 2010
  • 2006 KBO wins champion

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