The 24th Asian Baseball Championship was contested in Taichung, Taiwan in November and December 2007. The tournament is sanctioned by the Asian Baseball Federation. The winner of the tournament will gain automatic entry into the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing. The second and third place teams will advance to the final 2008 Olympic qualifier, also scheduled to be played in Taiwan in the spring of 2008.
In the match between Japan and South Korea on December 2, a dispute arose over the lineup table of the South Korea team. In the tournament, teams were obliged to submit a starting players table 1 hour before a game begin. Managers have made a consensus to change players if unexpected injuries were happen, which are commonly accepted in the international baseball games.
Despite these arrangements, the South Korea manager Kim Kyung-Moon drastically changed his starting players immediately before the game, including a starting pitcher and this substitution clearly advantaged the South Korea team. Japanese manager Senichi Hoshino requested an explanation but his appeal to an umpire was turned down.
After the game was over, which resulted a Japanese win, Hoshino made comments critical of South Korean acts as ungentlemanly conduct. Japanese team officially submitted a protest note to the South Korea team and the International Baseball Federation (IBAF). John C. Ostermeyer, secretary general of IBAF, acknowledged this appeal and announced that IBAF express regret at the South Korea team and plan to change regulations at a meeting held in January 2008.