South Korea national baseball team
The South Korean national baseball team (Korean: 대한민국 야구 국가대표팀) is the national baseball team of South Korea. It won the Baseball World Cup in 1982, and 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 third in the WBSC World Rankings. Team South Korea came in second in the 12-team 2019 WBSC Premier12 Tournament, and thereby qualified to compete in baseball at the 2020 Olympics. At the Olympics in 2021 it will face Israel, Japan, Mexico, the United States, and the Dominican Republic.
|South Korea national baseball team|
|Federation||Korea Baseball Association|
|Confederation||Baseball Federation of Asia|
|Manager||Sun Dong-yol (2017–present)|
|WBSC ranking||2 1 (11 August 2021)|
|World Baseball Classic|
|Appearances||3 (First in 2006)|
|Best result||2nd (1 time, in 2009)|
|Appearances||3 (First in 1996)|
|Best result||1st (1 time, in 2008)|
|Appearances||1 (First in 2015)|
|Best result||1st (1 time, in 2015)|
|Appearances||14 (First in 1976)|
|Best result||1st (1 time, in 1982)|
|Appearances||14 (First in 1975)|
|Best result||1st (1 time, in 1977)|
|Appearances||7 (First in 1994)|
|Best result||1st (5 times, most recent in 2018)|
|Appearances||27 (First in 1954)|
|Best result||1st (7 times, most recent in 2015)|
World Baseball ClassicEdit
| South Korea|
World Baseball Classic
|Japan / United States 2006||3rd|
|Japan / United States 2009||2nd|
|South Korea 2017||10th|
|World Baseball Classic record||Qualification record|
|2006||Semifinal||3rd||6||1||26||14||No qualifiers held|
|2009||Final||2nd||6||3||53||30||No qualifiers held|
|2013||Round 1||9th||2||1||9||7||Automatically qualified|
|2017||Round 1||10th||1||2||12||15||Automatically qualified|
2006 World Baseball ClassicEdit
The South Korean team playing in the 2006 World Baseball Classic included not just South Korean players based in South Korea, but South Korean players in the U.S. 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 ClassicEdit
South Korea competed in the 2009 World Baseball Classic, playing the first round in Pool A in Tokyo. South Korea 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.
2013 World Baseball ClassicEdit
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 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.
2017 World Baseball ClassicEdit
South Korea lost the first game in the first round to surprising newcomers Israel, 2–1 in 10 innings. They also lost their second game against the Netherlands 5–0. They were eliminated for the second time ever, after their poor performance at the 2013 World Baseball Classic, as Israel and the Netherlands advanced to the next round. South Korea took third place in the pool, as it beat Taiwan in 10 innings, 11–8.
|South Korea roster - 2017 World Baseball Classic|
2021 World Baseball ClassicEdit
|2015||Finals||1st||6||2||WBSC World Rank 8th|
|2019||Finals||2nd||5||3||WBSC World Rank 3rd|
Team South Korea won the 2015 WBSC Premier12 Tournament.
Team South Korea came in second in the 12-team 2019 WBSC Premier12 Tournament, which was held in November 2019. Two quota spots were allocated from the Tournament, of the spots for six baseball teams at the 2020 Olympic Games, with South Korea qualifying as the top finisher from the Asia/Oceana territory (other than Japan, which already qualified as host).
|Summer Olympics record||Qualification|
|1984||Finals||4th [a]||2||3||12||17||1982 Amateur World Series|
|1992||Did not qualify|
|2000||Finals||3rd||4||3||45||30||1999 Asian Baseball Championship|
|2004||Did not qualify||2003 Asian Baseball Championship|
|2008||Finals||1st||9||0||50||26|| 2007 Asian Baseball Championship|
Final Qualifying Tournament
|2020||Bronze medal game||4th||3||4||33||35|| 2007 Asian Baseball Championship|
2019 WBSC Premier12
- No medals awarded; tournament was a demonstration sport only
- Totals only include years 1992 to 2020, during which baseball was an official medal sport.
2000 Sydney OlympicsEdit
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.
2008 Beijing OlympicsEdit
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.
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.
|Asian Games record|
|Year||Position||W||L||# of |
2010 Asian GamesEdit
2010 Asian Games Baseball was held in Guangzhou, China from November 13 to 19, 2010. Only a men's competition was held. All games were played at the Aoti Baseball Field. South Korea beat Chinese Taipei 9–3 in the final to win the gold medal.
2014 Asian GamesEdit
2014 Asian Games Baseball was held in Incheon, South Korea from September 22 to 28, 2014. All games were played at the Munhak Baseball Stadium and Mokdong Baseball Stadium. South Korea beat Chinese Taipei 6–3 in the final to win the gold medal.
- 1954 : 3rd
- 1955 : 3rd
- 1959 : 2nd
- 1962 : 2nd
- 1963 : 1st
- 1965 : 2nd
- 1967 : 2nd
- 1969 : 4th
- 1971 : 1st
- 1973 : 2nd
- 1975 : 1st
- 1983 : 1st
- 1985 : 2nd
- 1987 : 3rd
- 1989 : 1st
- 1991 : 3rd
- 1993 : 2nd
- 1995 : 2nd
- 1997 : 1st
- 1999 : 1st
- 2001 : 2nd
- 2003 : 3rd
- 2005 : 4th
- 2007 : 2nd
- 2009 : 3rd
- 2012 : 3rd
- 2015 : 1st
- 2017 : 3rd
- 2019 : 4th
- 2021 : TBD
The following players were called up to participate in the 2017 World Baseball Classic:
- Kim In-sik
- Lee Soon-Chul, Sun Dong-yol, Song Jin-woo, Kim Pyoung-ho, Kim Kwang-soo, Song Kwon-Il
|Jun 27, 1975||Seoul, South Korea||28–0||Philippines||1975 Asian Baseball Championship||1st|
|Nov 23, 1977||Managua, Nicaragua||13–3||Nicaragua||1977 Intercontinental Cup||1st|
|Sep 6, 1982||Seoul, South Korea||11–0||Netherlands||1982 Baseball World Cup||1st|
|Aug 7, 1984||Los Angeles, California||0–3||Chinese Taipei||1984 Olympic||4th|
|Aug 9, 1985||Edmonton, Canada||12–2||Japan||1985 Intercontinental Cup||2nd|
|July 1986||Rotterdam, Netherlands||26–2||Belgium||1986 Baseball World Cup||2nd|
|Aug 10, 1994||Managua, Nicaragua||16–0||Sweden||1994 Baseball World Cup||2nd|
|Dec 10, 1994||Hiroshima, Japan||21–0||Mongolia||1994 Asian Games||2nd|
|Sep 18, 1995||Kurashiki, Japan||27–0||Thailand||1995 Asian Baseball Championship||2nd|
|May 26, 1997||Taipei, Taiwan||26–1||Philippines||1997 Asian Baseball Championship||1st|
|Jul 22, 1998||Parma, Italy||11–1||Russia||1998 Baseball World Cup||2nd|
|Dec 11, 1998||Bangkok, Thailand||13–1||Japan||1998 Asian Games||1st|
|Sep 18, 2000||Sydney, Australia||3–5||Australia||2000 Summer Olympics||3rd|
|Sep 27, 2000||Sydney, Australia||3–1||Japan||2000 Summer Olympics||3rd|
|Nov 12, 2002||Matanzas, Cuba||10–0||Mexico||2002 Intercontinental Cup||2nd|
|May 22, 2005||Miyazaki, Japan||3–4||China||2005 Asian Championship||4th|
|Mar 13, 2006||Anaheim, California||7–3||United States||2006 World Baseball Classic||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||2nd (Qualified)|
|Aug 6, 2008||Seoul, South Korea||15–3||Cuba||Exhibition Game|
|Aug 20, 2008||Beijing, China||10–0||Netherlands||2008 Summer Olympics||1st|
|Aug 23, 2008||Beijing, China||3–2||Cuba|
|Mar 8, 2009||Tokyo, Japan||14–0||China||2009 World Baseball Classic||2nd|
|Mar 21, 2009||Los Angeles, California||10–2||Venezuela|
|Nov 19, 2010||Guangzhou, China||9–3||Chinese Taipei||2010 Asian Games||1st|
|Mar 3, 2013||Taichung, Taiwan||0–5||Netherlands||2013 World Baseball Classic||9th|
|Mar 4, 2013||Taichung, Taiwan||6–0||Australia|
|Mar 5, 2013||Taichung, Taiwan||3-2||Chinese Taipei|
|Sep 27, 2014||Incheon, South Korea||7-2||China||2014 Asian Games||1st|
|Sep 28, 2014||Incheon, South Korea||6–3||Chinese Taipei|
|Nov 19, 2015||Tokyo, Japan||4–3||Japan||2015 WBSC Premier 12||1st|
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