List of Major League Baseball players from South Korea

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This is an alphabetical list of baseball players from South Korea who have played in Major League Baseball since 1994.[1]

Current players[edit]

Name Debut Position Teams Ref
Ji-man Choi 20160405April 5, 2016
24 years, 322 days
Infielder Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (2016)
New York Yankees (2017)
Milwaukee Brewers (2018)
Tampa Bay Rays (2018–present)
[2]
Shin-soo Choo 20050421April 21, 2005
22 years, 282 days
Outfielder Seattle Mariners (2005–2006)
Cleveland Indians (2006–2012)
Cincinnati Reds (2013)
Texas Rangers (2014–present)
[3]
Jung-ho Kang 20150408April 8, 2015
28 years, 3 days
Infielder Pittsburgh Pirates (2015–2016) [4]
Seung-hwan Oh 20160403April 3, 2016
33 years, 263 days
Pitcher St. Louis Cardinals (2016–2017)
Toronto Blue Jays (2018)
Colorado Rockies (2018–present)
[5]
Hyun-jin Ryu 20130402April 2, 2013
26 years, 8 days
Pitcher Los Angeles Dodgers (2013–2014, 2016–present) [6]

Former players[edit]

Name Debut Final Game Games Position Teams Ref
Cha-seung Baek 20040808August 8, 2004
24 years, 71 days
September 28, 2008 61 Pitcher Seattle Mariners (2004, 2006–2008)
San Diego Padres (2008)
[7]
Jung-keun Bong 20020423April 23, 2002
21 years, 282 days
June 20, 2004 49 Pitcher Atlanta Braves (2002–2003)
Cincinnati Reds (2004)
[8]
Jin-ho Cho 19980704July 4, 1998
22 years, 323 days
July 30, 1999 13 Pitcher Boston Red Sox (1998–1999) [9]
Hee-seop Choi 20020903September 3, 2002
23 years, 171 days
October 2, 2005 363 Infielder Chicago Cubs (2002–2003)
Florida Marlins (2004)
Los Angeles Dodgers (2004–2005)
[10]
Jae-gyun Hwang 20170628June 28, 2017
29 years, 335 days
August 1, 2017 18 Infielder San Francisco Giants (2017) [11]
Byung-hyun Kim 19990529May 29, 1999
20 years, 128 days
September 28, 2007 394 Pitcher Arizona Diamondbacks (1999–2003, 2007)
Boston Red Sox (2003–2004)
Colorado Rockies (2005–2007)
Florida Marlins (2007)
[12]
Hyun-soo Kim 20160410April 10, 2016
28 years, 89 days
September 30, 2017 191 Outfielder Baltimore Orioles (2016–2017)
Philadelphia Phillies (2017)
[13]
Sun-woo Kim 20010615June 15, 2001
23 years, 284 days
September 17, 2006 118 Pitcher Boston Red Sox (2001–2002)
Montreal Expos (2002–2004)
Washington Nationals (2005)
Colorado Rockies (2005–2006)
Cincinnati Reds (2006)
[14]
Dae-sung Koo 20050404April 4, 2005
35 years, 245 days
August 20, 2005 33 Pitcher New York Mets (2005) [15]
Dae-ho Lee 20160404April 4, 2016
33 years, 288 days
October 2, 2016 104 Infielder Seattle Mariners (2016) [16]
Sang-hoon Lee 20000629June 29, 2000
29 years, 110 days
October 1, 2000 9 Pitcher Boston Red Sox (2000) [17]
Chang-yong Lim 20130907September 7, 2013
37 years, 95 days
September 27, 2013 6 Pitcher Chicago Cubs (2013) [18]
Byung-ho Park 20160404April 4, 2016
29 years, 269 days
June 28, 2016 62 Infielder Minnesota Twins (2016) [19]
Chan-ho Park 19940408April 8, 1994
20 years, 282 days
October 1, 2010 479 Pitcher Los Angeles Dodgers (1994–2001, 2008)
Texas Rangers (2002–2005)
San Diego Padres (2005–2006)
New York Mets (2007)
Philadelphia Phillies (2009)
New York Yankees (2010)
Pittsburgh Pirates (2010)
[20]
Jae-kuk Ryu 20060514May 14, 2006
22 years, 349 days
April 9, 2008 28 Pitcher Chicago Cubs (2006)
Tampa Bay Rays (2007–2008)
[21]
Jae-weong Seo 20020721July 21, 2002
25 years, 58 days
May 29, 2007 123 Pitcher New York Mets (2002–2005)
Los Angeles Dodgers (2006)
Tampa Bay Devil Rays (2006–2007)
[22]

Awards and honors[edit]

All-Star selections[edit]

Korean players in MLB All-Star Games
Player Age Seasons Leagues Teams Position Notes Ref
Chan-ho Park 28 2001 NL Los Angeles Dodgers P L; 9.00 ERA (1 IP, 1 ER), 1 K [23]
Byung-hyun Kim 23 2002 NL Arizona Diamondbacks P BS; 54.00 ERA (0.1 IP, 2 ER) [24]
Shin-soo Choo 36 2018 AL Texas Rangers DH .500 BA (2 AB, 1 H), 1 R [25]

Player of the Month[edit]

Pitcher of the Month[edit]

Rookie of the Month[edit]

Player of the Week[edit]

  • Chan-ho Park: September 18–24 2000 NL (Los Angeles Dodgers)
  • Byung-hyun Kim: July 8–14 2002 NL (Arizona Diamondbacks)
  • Shin-soo Choo: April 12–18 2010 AL (Cleveland Indians)
  • Shin-soo Choo (2): September 13–19 2010 AL (Cleveland Indians)
  • Jung-ho Kang: September 5–11 2016 NL (Pittsburgh Pirates)

Postseason appearances[edit]

Korean players in MLB postseason games
Player Seasons WCG DS CS World Series Refs
Series
won
Games
played
Series
won
Games
played
Series
won
Games
played
Series
won
Games
played
Hee-seop Choi 2004 Los Angeles Dodgers L 1 [26]
Shin-soo Choo 2013 Cincinnati Reds
2015 Texas Rangers
2016 Texas Rangers
L
 
 
1
 
 
 
L
L
 
5
1
[27]
[28]
[29]
Byung-hyun Kim 2001 Arizona Diamondbacks
2002 Arizona Diamondbacks
2003 Boston Red Sox
W
L
W
1
1
1
W
 
 
3
 
 
W
 
 
2
 
 
[30][31][32]
[33]
[34]
Hyun-soo Kim 2016 Baltimore Orioles L 1 [35]
Chan-ho Park 2006 San Diego Padres
2008 Los Angeles Dodgers
2009 Philadelphia Phillies
L
 
 
1
 
 
 
L
W
 
4
4
 
 
L
 
 
4
[36]
[37]
[38][39]
Hyun-jin Ryu 2013 Los Angeles Dodgers
2014 Los Angeles Dodgers
W
L
1
1
L
 
1
 
[40][41]
[42]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "MLB players by birthplace: South Korea". baseball-reference.com. Retrieved 2016-02-22. 
  2. ^ "Ji-Man Choi". baseball-reference.com. Retrieved 2016-04-06. 
  3. ^ "Shin-Soo Choo". baseball-reference.com. Retrieved 2014-02-26. 
  4. ^ "Jung Ho Kang". baseball-reference.com. Retrieved 2016-02-22. 
  5. ^ "Seung-hwan Oh". baseball-reference.com. Retrieved 2016-04-06. 
  6. ^ "Hyun-Jin Ryu". baseball-reference.com. Retrieved 2013-04-18. 
  7. ^ "Cha-Seung Baek". baseball-reference.com. Retrieved 2010-05-25. 
  8. ^ "Jung Bong". baseball-reference.com. Retrieved 2008-07-27. 
  9. ^ "Jin Ho Cho". baseball-reference.com. Retrieved 2008-07-27. 
  10. ^ "Hee-Seop Choi". baseball-reference.com. Retrieved 2008-07-27. 
  11. ^ "Jae-gyun Hwang". baseball-reference.com. Retrieved 2017-06-29. 
  12. ^ "Byung-Hyun Kim". baseball-reference.com. Retrieved 2008-07-27. 
  13. ^ "Hyun Soo Kim". baseball-reference.com. Retrieved 2016-04-11. 
  14. ^ "Sun-Woo Kim". baseball-reference.com. Retrieved 2008-07-27. 
  15. ^ "Dae-Sung Koo". baseball-reference.com. Retrieved 2008-07-27. 
  16. ^ "Dae-ho Lee". baseball-reference.com. Retrieved 2016-04-06. 
  17. ^ "Sang-Hoon Lee". baseball-reference.com. Retrieved 2008-07-27. 
  18. ^ "Chang-Yong Lim". baseball-reference.com. Retrieved 2013-12-15. 
  19. ^ "ByungHo Park". baseball-reference.com. Retrieved 2016-04-06. 
  20. ^ "Chan Ho Park". baseball-reference.com. Retrieved 2008-07-27. 
  21. ^ "Jae Kuk Ryu". baseball-reference.com. Retrieved 2008-07-27. 
  22. ^ "Jae Weong Seo". baseball-reference.com. Retrieved 2008-07-27. 
  23. ^ "2001 All-Star Game". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved 2017-07-11. 
  24. ^ "2002 All-Star Game". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved 2017-07-11. 
  25. ^ "2018 All-Star Game". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved 2018-07-12. 
  26. ^ "2004 NL Division Series". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved 2015-09-23. 
  27. ^ "2013 NL Wild Card Game". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved 2015-09-23. 
  28. ^ "2015 AL Division Series". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved 2015-10-28. 
  29. ^ "2016 AL Division Series". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved 2017-03-28. 
  30. ^ "2001 NL Division Series". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved 2015-09-23. 
  31. ^ "2001 NL Championship Series". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved 2015-09-23. 
  32. ^ "2001 World Series". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved 2015-09-23. 
  33. ^ "2002 NL Division Series". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved 2015-09-23. 
  34. ^ "2003 AL Division Series". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved 2015-09-23. 
  35. ^ "2016 AL Wild Card Game". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved 2017-03-28. 
  36. ^ "2006 NL Division Series". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved 2015-09-23. 
  37. ^ "2008 NL Championship Series". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved 2015-09-23. 
  38. ^ "2009 NL Championship Series". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved 2015-09-23. 
  39. ^ "2009 World Series". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved 2015-09-23. 
  40. ^ "2013 NL Division Series". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved 2015-09-23. 
  41. ^ "2013 NL Championship Series". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved 2015-09-23. 
  42. ^ "2014 NL Division Series". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved 2015-09-23. 

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