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.[2] At the Olympics in 2021 it will face Israel, Japan, Mexico, the United States, and the Dominican Republic.

South Korea national baseball team
South Korean national baseball team uniform logo.png
CountrySouth Korea South Korea
FederationKorea Baseball Association
ConfederationBaseball Federation of Asia
ManagerSouth Korea Sun Dong-yol (2017–present)
WBSC ranking 2 Increase 1 (11 August 2021)[1]
South Korea's national baseball uniform
World Baseball Classic
Appearances3 (First in 2006)
Best result 2nd (1 time, in 2009)
Olympic Games
Appearances3 (First in 1996)
Best result 1st (1 time, in 2008)
WBSC Premier12
Appearances1 (First in 2015)
Best result 1st (1 time, in 2015)
World Cup
Appearances14 (First in 1976)
Best result 1st (1 time, in 1982)
Intercontinental Cup
Appearances14 (First in 1975)
Best result 1st (1 time, in 1977)
Asian Games
Appearances7 (First in 1994)
Best result 1st (5 times, most recent in 2018)
Asian Championship
Appearances27 (First in 1954)
Best result 1st (7 times, most recent in 2015)

Tournament recordEdit

World Baseball ClassicEdit

  South Korea
World Baseball Classic
Tournament Results
Japan / United States 20063rd
Japan / United States 20092nd
Taiwan 20139th
South Korea 201710th
Medal Tally
World Baseball Classic record Qualification record
Year Round Position W L RS RA W L RS RA
    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
2021 Automatically qualified
Total 5/5 15 7 100 66 - - - -

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.[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.[4] 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.[5][6]

South Korea roster - 2017 World Baseball Classic
Players Coaches





South Korea is facing Israel, the Netherlands, and Taiwan in the 2017 World Baseball Classic.[7]

2021 World Baseball ClassicEdit

In January 2020, the WBC announced the 16 national teams which participated at the 2017 World Baseball Classic, which included South Korea, will automatically qualify for the tournament.[8]

Premier12 TournamentEdit

Premier12 record Qualification
Year Round Position W L RS RA
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).[9]

Summer OlympicsEdit

Summer Olympics record Qualification
Year Round Position W L RS RA
  1984 Finals 4th [a] 2 3 12 17   1982 Amateur World Series
  1988 Finals 4th [a] 2 3 11 19
  1992 Did not qualify
  1996 Preliminary 8th 1 6 40 59
  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
Total [b] 4/6 17 13 178 150
  1. ^ a b No medals awarded; tournament was a demonstration sport only
  2. ^ 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.[10][11][12][13]

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.[14]

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.[15]

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.[16][17]

Asian GamesEdit

Asian Games record
Year Position W L # of
  1994   2nd 3 1 6
  1998   1st 6 0 6
  2002   1st 6 0 5
  2006   3rd 3 2 6
  2010   1st 5 0 8
  2014   1st 5 0 8
  2018   1st 5 1 10

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.[18]

Other tournamentsEdit

Asian Baseball Championship



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
Player No. Pos. DOB and age Team League Birthplace
Chang Si-hwan 28 P (1987-11-01)November 1, 1987 (aged 29)   KT Wiz KBO League Taean County
Chang Won-jun 29 P (1985-07-31)July 31, 1985 (aged 31)   Doosan Bears KBO League Seoul
Lee Hyun-seung 48 P (1983-10-11)October 11, 1983 (aged 33)   Doosan Bears KBO League Incheon
Lim Chang-yong 12 P (1976-06-04)June 4, 1976 (aged 40)   Kia Tigers KBO League Gwangju
Lim Jung-woo 20 P (1991-04-02)April 2, 1991 (aged 25)   LG Twins KBO League Iksan
Oh Seung-hwan 26 P (1982-07-15)July 15, 1982 (aged 34)   St. Louis Cardinals Major League Baseball Jeongeup
Park Hee-soo 21 P (1983-07-13)July 13, 1983 (aged 33)   SK Wyverns KBO League Daejeon
Rhee Dae-eun 11 P (1989-03-23)March 23, 1989 (aged 27)   Korean Police Baseball Team KBO Futures League Seoul
Sim Chang-min 19 P (1993-02-01)February 1, 1993 (aged 24)   Samsung Lions KBO League Seoul
Won Jong-hyun 46 P (1987-07-31)July 31, 1987 (aged 29)   NC Dinos KBO League Gunsan
Woo Kyu-min 1 P (1985-01-21)January 21, 1985 (aged 32)   Samsung Lions KBO League Seoul
Yang Hyeon-jong 54 P (1988-03-01)March 1, 1988 (aged 29)   Kia Tigers KBO League Gwangju
Kim Tae-goon 42 C (1989-12-30)December 30, 1989 (aged 27)   NC Dinos KBO League Busan
Yang Eui-ji 25 C (1987-06-05)June 5, 1987 (aged 29)   Doosan Bears KBO League Gwangju
Heo Kyung-min 13 IF (1990-08-26)August 26, 1990 (aged 26)   Doosan Bears KBO League Gwangju
Kim Ha-sung 7 IF (1995-10-17)October 17, 1995 (aged 21)   Nexen Heroes KBO League Bucheon
Kim Jae-ho 3 IF (1985-03-21)March 21, 1985 (aged 31)   Doosan Bears KBO League Seoul
Kim Tae-kyun 52 IF (1982-05-29)May 29, 1982 (aged 34)   Hanwha Eagles KBO League Seoul
Lee Dae-ho 10 IF (1982-06-21)June 21, 1982 (aged 34)   Lotte Giants KBO League Busan
Oh Jae-won 24 IF (1985-02-09)February 9, 1985 (aged 32)   Doosan Bears KBO League Seoul
Park Suk-min 18 IF (1985-06-22)June 22, 1985 (aged 31)   NC Dinos KBO League Daegu
Seo Geon-chang 14 IF (1988-02-24)February 24, 1988 (aged 29)   Nexen Heroes KBO League Gwangju
Choi Hyung-woo 34 OF (1983-12-16)December 16, 1983 (aged 33)   Kia Tigers KBO League Jeonju
Lee Yong-kyu 15 OF (1985-08-26)August 26, 1985 (aged 31)   Hanwha Eagles KBO League Gunsan
Min Byung-heon 49 OF (1987-03-10)March 10, 1987 (aged 29)   Doosan Bears KBO League Seoul
Park Kun-woo 37 OF (1990-09-08)September 8, 1990 (aged 26)   Doosan Bears KBO League Seoul
Son Ah-seop 31 OF (1988-03-18)March 18, 1988 (aged 28)   Lotte Giants KBO League Busan

Roster listEdit

Notable recordEdit

Date Venue Score Opponent Competition Final result
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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