South Korea national baseball team

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South Korea Korea
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Country South Korea South Korea
Federation Korea Baseball Organization
Confederation Baseball Federation of Asia
IBAF World Rank 8th
South Korea's national baseball uniform
World Baseball Classic
Appearances 3 (First in 2006)
Best result 2nd (1 time, in 2009)
Olympic Games
Appearances 3 (First in 1996)
Best result 1st (1 time, in 2008)
World Cup
Appearances 14 (First in 1976)
Best result 1st (1 time, in 1982)
Intercontinental Cup
Appearances 14 (First in 1975)
Best result 1st (1 time, in 1977)
Asian Games
Appearances 5 (First in 1994)
Best result 1st (3 times, most recent in 2010)
Asian Championship
Appearances 25 (First in 1954)
Best result 1st (6 times, most recent in 1999)

The South Korean national baseball team (Korean: 대한민국 야구 국가대표팀) is the national baseball team of South Korea, having participated in the Summer Olympic Games of 1984, 1988, 1996 and 2000. At the 2008 Summer Olympics, it won the gold medal in a final victory against Cuba. Currently, the South Korean men's baseball team is ranked 8th in the IBAF World Rankings. Their fans are nicknamed "Blue Bogy" (Korean: 파란 도깨비).

Tournament Record[edit]

World Baseball Classic[edit]

 South Korea
World Baseball Classic
Tournament Results
Japan / United States 2006 3rd
Japan / United States 2009 2nd
Taiwan 2013 9th
Medal Tally
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World Baseball Classic record Qualification record
Year Host(s) Round Position W L RS RA Host W L RS RA
2006 Japan/United States Semifinals 3 3rd 6 1 26 14 No qualifiers held
2009 Japan/United States Final 2 2nd 6 4 55 30 No qualifiers held
2013 Taiwan Round 1 9th 2 1 9 7 Top 12, 2009 World Baseball Classic
2017 Top 12, 2013 World Baseball Classic
Total 3/3 14 6 90 51 0/1 - - - -

2006 World Baseball Classic[edit]

The team playing in the 2006 World Baseball Classic also included South Korean players from Major League Baseball. In the Classic, the team played in and won every game they played in Pool A. They advanced to round two, again winning all three games to secure a place in the semifinals. Upon reaching the semifinals, the South Korean government announced that it would waive for the players on the team the mandatory two-year military service required of all young South Korean men. However, at the semifinals, the South Korean team lost to Japan, whom they had beaten twice previously. This led to controversy over the regulations of the WBC concerning the fact that South Korea had to face Japan three times and that it was Japan that was allowed to go to the finals, when it had four victories and three losses up to that point, two of those losses to South Korea, while the South Korean team, which had only one loss and had already beaten Japan twice, was eliminated from the finals.

2009 World Baseball Classic[edit]

South Korea competed in the 2009 World Baseball Classic, playing the first round in Pool A in Tokyo. The South Koreans opened the tournament with a 7–0 rout of Chinese Taipei. South Korea then lost to Japan in a 14–2 contest shortened to 7 innings by the WBC's early termination rule. In its third game, South Korea soundly defeated China 14–0 in a similarly shortened contest, securing advancement to the second round and ousting China from the tournament. South Korea won the final Pool A game by a 1–0 win over Japan in order to advance as the Pool A winner. In Pool 1, the round 2 of the WBC, South Korea beat Mexico 8–2 and then went on to beat Japan again 4–1, securing advancement to the semifinals. South Korea beat Venezuela 10–2 to secure a spot on the finals. In the final game however, South Korea lost to Japan 5–3.[1]

2013 World Baseball Classic[edit]

South Korea competed in the 2013 World Baseball Classic for the third time, playing the first round in Pool B at the Taichung Intercontinental Baseball Stadium in Taichung, Taiwan, facing off against the Netherlands, Chinese Taipei and Australia. The Korean team lost the first game against the Netherlands 5-0, but won two next games against Chinese Taipei and Australia. Despite this, South Korea was eliminated in the first round for the first time since advancing to the semi-finals in the 2009 World Baseball Classic. However, even after elimination, South Korea earned their direct qualification to the upcoming 2017 World Baseball Classic.

Summer Olympics[edit]

Summer Olympics record Qualification
Year Host Round Position W L RS RA
1984 United States Finals 4th [a] 2 3 12 17 1 1982 Amateur World Series
1988 South Korea Finals 4th [a] 2 3 11 19
1992 Spain Did not qualify
1996 United States Preliminary 8th 1 6 40 59
2000 Australia Finals Bronze medal.svg 3rd 4 3 45 30 Gold medal asia.svg 1999 Asian Baseball Championship
2004 Greece Did not qualify Bronze medal asia.svg 2003 Asian Baseball Championship
2008 China Finals Gold medal.svg 1st 9 0 50 26 Silver medal asia.svg 2007 Asian Baseball Championship
Silver medal.svg Final Qualifying Tournament
Total [b] 3/5 14 9 145 115
  1. ^ a b No medals awarded; tournament was a demonstration sport only
  2. ^ Totals only include years 1992 to 2008, during which baseball was an official medal sport.

2000 Sydney Olympics[edit]

Since the 2000 Summer Olympic Games in Sydney, professional baseball players have been permitted to play and the South Korean team that was formed was often called the "Korean Dream Team". This team won the bronze medal.. At that time, the top four teams (Cuba, United States, South Korea and Japan) advanced to the semi-finals. In the semi-final game, the South Koreans faced the United States team and lost. In the bronze medal match, the South Koreans played against the Japanese and won the game 3–1.[2][3][4][5]

2008 Beijing Olympics[edit]

After losing 4–3 to Japan at the 2007 Asian Baseball Championships, the South Koreans finished with a 2–1 record and were forced to seek entrance to the 2008 Olympics via the Final Olympic Qualifying Tournament to be held March 7–14, 2008 in Taichung, Taiwan.

The South Korean roster, for the qualifying, is mainly professional players from the Korea Baseball Organization and is not subjected to the scheduling conflicts that troubled the teams from Australia, Canada, and Mexico.[6]

Going into the tournament rated by the experts as an outsider, or a dark horse at most, South Korea surprised everybody by finishing the group stage in first place with a perfect 7–0 record. The team began its run with come from behind win against heavily favored United States, scoring the winning run in the bottom of the 9th inning with a sacrifice fly. Disappointment soon followed the next game, however, as China (undeniably the weakest team in the tournament) stymied South Korea for most of the game before the game was suspended because of rain in the 6th inning with a 0–0 score. South Korea bounced back the following day with a tightly contested 1–0 victory over Canada, with Ryu Hyun-Jin recording a complete game shutout. After dispatching their rivals Japan 5–3 in the next game, South Korea finished off China in the continuation of the aforementioned suspended game by winning 1–0 in the extra innings. South Korea then clinched their place in the final four by beating Chinese Taipei 9–8, followed by another surprise victory over heavily favored Cubans, 7–4 (which guaranteed them finishing first place in the group round). The team finished their Round Robin Tournament in style, hammering the Netherlands 10–0 and beating them on mercy rule.

In the Semifinal match, the team was once again matched up against their arch-rivals Japan. The first half of the game was very tight as Japan was leading 2–1 going into the 7th inning. South Korea soon tied the ballgame at 2 apiece in the bottom half, then took the lead in the 8th thanks in large part to Lee Seung-Yeop's clutch 2-run home run. South Korea added 2 more runs that inning. South Korea eventually ended with a 6–2 victory. In the finals they overcame the perennial favorites Cuba for the second time in the tournament, surviving a bases-loaded 9th inning situation with a double play to win the game 3–2, allowing South Korea to obtain their gold medal for Baseball. South Korea also earned 12 other gold medals during the Olympics making them the second highest gold medalist country after China in Asia.[7][8]

Other tournaments[edit]

Asian Games

Asian Baseball Championship


Current roster[edit]

South Korea 2013 World Baseball Classic roster
Name Position Number Organization B/T Birth date
Oh Seung-Hwan Pitcher 21 Hanshin Tigers R/R July 15, 1982
Jang Won-Sam 48 Samsung Lions L/L June 9, 1983
Cha Woo-Chan 23 Samsung Lions L/L May 31, 1987
Park Hee-Soo 11 SK Wyverns R/L July 13, 1983
Yoon Hi-Sang 66 SK Wyverns R/R May 17, 1985
Noh Kyeong-Eun 18 Doosan Bears R/R March 11, 1984
Chong Tae-Hyon 38 Lotte Giants R/R November 10, 1978
Yoon Suk-Min 28 Baltimore Orioles R/R July 24, 1986
Seo Jae-Weong 26 KIA Tigers R/R May 24, 1977
Yoo Won-Sang 17 LG Twins R/R June 17, 1986
Son Seung-Lak 1 Nexen Heroes R/R March 4, 1982
Chang Won-Jun 57 Lotte Giants L/L July 31, 1985
Jin Kab-Yong Catcher 20 Samsung Lions R/R May 8, 1974
Kang Min-Ho 47 Lotte Giants R/R August 18, 1985
Lee Seung-Yeop Infielder 36 Samsung Lions L/L August 18, 1976
Kim Sang-Su 7 Samsung Lions R/R March 23, 1990
Jeong Keun-Woo 8 Hanwha Eagles R/R October 2, 1982
Choi Jeong 14 SK Wyverns R/R February 28, 1987
Son Si-Hyun 13 NC Dinos R/R October 19, 1980
Kang Jung-Ho 5 Nexen Heroes R/R April 5, 1987
Kim Tae-Kyun 52 Hanwha Eagles R/R May 29, 1982
Lee Dae-Ho 25 Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks R/R June 21, 1982
Kim Hyun-Soo Outfielder 50 Doosan Bears L/R January 12, 1988
Jeon Jun-Woo 9 Lotte Giants R/R February 25, 1986
Son Ah-Seop 31 Lotte Giants L/R March 18, 1988
Lee Yong-Kyu 15 Hanwha Eagles L/L August 26, 1985
Lee Jin-Young 35 LG Twins L/L June 15, 1980

Previous roster[edit]

Notable wins[edit]

Date Venue Score Opponent Competition Final result
Jun 27, 1975 Seoul, South Korea 28–0  Philippines 1975 Asian Baseball Championship 1 1st
Nov 23, 1977 Managua, Nicaragua 13–3  Nicaragua 1977 Intercontinental Cup 1 1st
Sep 6, 1982 Seoul, South Korea 11–0  Netherlands 1982 Baseball World Cup 1 1st
Aug 9, 1985 Edmonton, Canada 12–2  Japan 1985 Intercontinental Cup 2 2nd
July, 1986 Rotterdam, Netherlands 26–2  Belgium 1986 Baseball World Cup 2 2nd
Aug 10, 1994 Managua, Nicaragua 16–0  Sweden 1994 Baseball World Cup 2 2nd
Dec 10, 1994 Hiroshima, Japan 20–0  Mongolia 1994 Asian Games 2 2nd
Sep 18, 1995 Kurashiki, Japan 27–0  Thailand 1995 Asian Baseball Championship 2 2nd
May 26, 1997 Taipei, Taiwan 26–1  Philippines 1997 Asian Baseball Championship 1 1st
Jul 22, 1998 Parma, Italy 11–1  Russia 1998 Baseball World Cup 2 2nd
Dec 11, 1998 Bangkok, Thailand 13–1  Japan 1998 Asian Games 1 1st
Sep 27, 2000 Sydney 3–1  Japan 2000 Summer Olympics 3 3rd
Nov 12, 2002 Matanzas, Cuba 10–0  Mexico 2002 Intercontinental Cup 2 2nd
Mar 13, 2006 Anaheim, California 7–3  United States 2006 World Baseball Classic 3 3rd
Nov 9, 2007 Tianmu, Taiwan 18–2  Thailand 2007 Baseball World Cup 5th
Mar 26, 2008 Sinjhuang, Taiwan 16–2  Australia 2008 Final Olympic Qualification Tournament 2 2nd (Qualified)
Aug 6, 2008 Seoul, South Korea 15–3  Cuba Exhibition Game
Aug 20, 2008 Beijing, China 10–0  Netherlands 2008 Summer Olympics 1 1st
Aug 23, 2008 Beijing, China 3–2  Cuba
Mar 8, 2009 Tokyo, Japan 14–0  China 2009 World Baseball Classic 2 2nd
Mar 21, 2009 Los Angeles, California 10–2  Venezuela
Nov 19, 2010 Guangzhou, China 9–3  Chinese Taipei 2010 Asian Games 1 1st


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