Jin Kab-yong

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This is a Korean name; the family name is Jin.
Jin Kab-Yong
Samsung Lions – No. 20
Catcher
Born: (1974-05-08) May 8, 1974 (age 40)
Bats: Right Throws: Right
Professional debut
KBO: April 12, 1997 for the OB Bears
KBO statistics
(through 2013)
Batting average .275
Home runs 151
RBI 739
Teams
Olympic medal record
Competitor for  South Korea
Men's baseball
Gold 2008 Beijing Team

Jin Kab-Yong (Hangul: 진갑용, Hanja: 陳甲龍) (born May 8, 1974 in Busan, South Korea) is a catcher who plays for the Samsung Lions in the Korea Baseball Organization. He bats and throws right-handed.

Amateur career[edit]

In February 1993, while attending Busan High School in Busan, South Korea, Jin was selected for the South Korea national baseball team as a high schooler to compete in the 17th Asian Baseball Championship in Perth, Australia.

After the competition, he began his collegiate career at Korea University in Seoul, South Korea. At Korea University, he led his team to numerous national college titles alongside his battery mates Son Min-Han and Jo Seong-min, and did not miss any single international competition that the South Korea national baseball team participated during his four years at college, garnering national attention as a highly regarded baseball prospect.

Notable international careers[edit]

Year Venue Competition Team Individual Note
1992  Mexico World Junior Baseball Championship 5th
1993  Australia Asian Baseball Championship Silver medal icon.svg
1993  United States Universiade Silver medal icon.svg
1994  Japan Asian Games Silver medal icon.svg
1994  Nicaragua Baseball World Cup Silver medal icon.svg .389 BA (7-for-18)
1995  Japan Universiade Silver medal icon.svg .333 BA (2-for-6), 1 RBI
1995  Japan Asian Baseball Championship Silver medal icon.svg
1995  Cuba Intercontinental Cup 4th
1996  United States Olympic Games 8th .346 BA (6-for-29), 3 RBI

Professional career[edit]

Jin was selected by the OB Bears with the first pick in the 2nd Round of the 1997 KBO Draft. He entered the league with high expectation, but spent his first Bears career as a backup catcher, appearing in 95 games, hardly showing signs of promise as a starting catcher.

In 1998, Jin was named to the South Korea national baseball team that won the gold medal in the Asian Games in Bangkok, Thailand. Jin received a military exemption for winning the gold medal, along with the fellow gold medalists Park Chan-Ho, Seo Jae-Weong and Kim Byung-Hyun.

In the 1999 season, another catcher prospect Hong Sung-Heon was signed by the Bears upon graduation from college, and his arrival provided further fierce competition for the starting catcher position. In July 1999, Jin was eventually traded to the Samsung Lions.

In the 2000 season, the Lions signed All-Star veteran Kim Dong-Soo and made Jin return to the backup catcher. But after Kim was put on the disabled list during the season, Jin was the starting catcher for most of 2000. In 2001, Kim came back from the injury, but Jin shared the starting position behind the plate with Kim without being the backup again.

Upon Kim Dong-Soo's departure through free agency to the SK Wyverns in the winter of 2001, Jin earned the full-time position behind the plate for the Lions.

As the Lions' No. 1 catcher, Jin led his team to the 2002, 2005 and 2006 Korean Series champions.

He played for South Korea at the 2006 World Baseball Classic, and led his team to the bronze medal, sharing the starting position behind the plate with Hong Sung-Heon and Jo In-seong.

In 2008, Jin was selected for the South Korea national baseball team to compete in the Beijing Olympic Games. In Beijing, he played in the first five games as a starting catcher. However, after the game against Chinese Taipei, he was out of the starting lineup because of a hamstring injury. In the gold medal game against Cuba, Jin was unexpectedly sent back behind the plate right after his fellow catcher Kang Min-Ho was ejected by the plate umpire for arguing strikes and balls in the bottom of the ninth inning, and contributed to escaping the one-out bases-loaded jam by inducing a game-ending double play along with closer Chong Tae-Hyon to edge Cuba 3-2.

Notable international careers[edit]

Year Venue Competition Team Individual Note
1998  Thailand Asian Games Gold medal icon.svg .250 BA (2-for-8), 1 RBI
2003  Japan Asian Baseball Championship Bronze medal icon.svg .143 BA (1-for-7), 1 RBI
2006  United States World Baseball Classic Bronze medal icon.svg .091 BA (1-for-11)
2008  Chinese Taipei Final Olympic Qualification Tournament Silver medal icon.svg .235 BA (4-for-17), 4 RBI
2008  China Olympic Games Gold medal icon.svg .100 BA (1-for-10)

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