|Born:May 8, 1974|
|April 12, 1997, for the OB Bears|
|Representing South Korea|
|Revised Romanization||Jin Gabyong|
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 Cho Sung-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
|1992||Mexico||World Junior Baseball Championship||5th|
|1993||Australia||Asian Baseball Championship|
|1994||Nicaragua||Baseball World Cup||.389 BA (7-for-18)|
|1995||Japan||Universiade||.333 BA (2-for-6), 1 RBI|
|1995||Japan||Asian Baseball Championship|
|1996||United States||Olympic Games||8th||.346 BA (6-for-29), 3 RBI|
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.
As the Lions' No. 1 catcher, Jin led his team to the 2002, 2005 and 2006 Korean Series champions.
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
|1998||Thailand||Asian Games||.250 BA (2-for-8), 1 RBI|
|2003||Japan||Asian Baseball Championship||.143 BA (1-for-7), 1 RBI|
|2006||United States||World Baseball Classic||.091 BA (1-for-11)|
|2008||Chinese Taipei||Final Olympic Qualification Tournament||.235 BA (4-for-17), 4 RBI|
|2008||China||Olympic Games||.100 BA (1-for-10)|