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The Korea national baseball team, nicknamed "Blue Bogy (Template:Lang-ko)", is the national baseball team of the Republic of Korea (South Korea). It has participated in the Summer Olympic Games in 1984, 1988, 1996 and 2000. At the 2008 Summer Olympics, it won the gold medal in a final victory against Cuba. They are currently ranked fourth in the world, behind Cuba.Template:IBAF World Rankings ref/2010 June

Summer OlympicsEdit

2000 Sydney OlympicsEdit

Template:See also Since the 2000 Summer Olympic Games in Sydney, professional baseball players have been permitted to play and the 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 Koreans faced the United States team and lost. In the bronze medal match, the Koreans played against the Japanese and won the game 3-1.[1][2][3][4]

2008 Beijing OlympicsEdit

Template:See also After losing 4-3 to Japan at the 2007 Asian Baseball Championships, the 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, Chinese Taipei.

The 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.[5]

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 Korea for most of the game before the game was suspended because of rain in the 6th inning with a 0-0 score. 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, Korea finished off China in the continuation of the aforementioned suspended game by winning 1-0 in the extra innings. Korea then clinched their place in the final four by dispatching 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. 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. Korea added 2 more runs that inning. 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 Korea to obtain their gold medal for Baseball. Korea also earned 12 other gold medals during the Olympics making them the second highest gold medalist country after China in Asia.[6][7]

World Baseball ClassicEdit

2006 World Baseball ClassicEdit

Template:See also The team playing in the 2006 World Baseball Classic also included 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 Korean men. However, at the semifinals, the 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 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 Korea, while the Korean team, which had only one loss and had already beaten Japan twice, was eliminated from the finals.

2009 World Baseball ClassicEdit

Template:See also 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.[8]

PlacingsEdit

Summer Olympics Edit

   
  • 1984 - 4th (demonstration sport)
  • 1988 - 4th (demonstration sport)
  • 1996 - 8th
 
  • 1992 - Did not qualify
  • 2004 - Did not qualify

Template:South Korea 1996 Olympic Games roster Template:South Korea 2000 Olympic Games roster Template:2008 Olympic Champions Baseball

World Baseball ClassicEdit

 

Template:South Korea 2006 World Baseball Classic Roster Template:South Korea 2009 World Baseball Classic Roster

Baseball World CupEdit

     

Template:South Korea Roster 1982 Baseball World Cup

Intercontinental CupEdit

 

Template:South Korea Roster 2002 Intercontinental Cup

Asian GamesEdit

   

Asian Baseball ChampionshipEdit

   

Notable WinsEdit

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

Current rosterEdit

As of March 2009 (2009 World Baseball Classic).[9]

Name Position Number Organization B/T Height Weight Birth Date
Bong Jung-Keun Pitcher 51 Template:Flagicon LG Twins L/L Template:Height 215 lb 07/15/1980
Chong Tae-Hyon Pitcher 21 Template:Flagicon SK Wyverns R/R Template:Height 215 lbs 11/10/1978
Im Tae-Hoon Pitcher 32 Template:Flagicon Doosan Bears R/R Template:Height 200 lbs 09/28/1988
Jang Won-Sam Pitcher 13 Template:Flagicon Samsung Lions L/L Template:Height 160 lbs 06/09/1983
Jong Hyun-Wook Pitcher 19 Template:Flagicon Samsung Lions R/R Template:Height 185 lbs 12/02/1978
Kim Kwang-Hyun Pitcher 31 Template:Flagicon SK Wyverns L/L Template:Height 185 lbs 07/02/1988
Lee Jae-Woo Pitcher 11 Template:Flagicon Doosan Bears R/R Template:Height 180 lbs 02/09/1980
Lee Seung-Ho Pitcher 20 Template:Flagicon SK Wyverns L/L Template:Height 180 lbs 09/09/1981
Lim Chang-Yong Pitcher 12 Template:Flagicon Tokyo Yakult Swallows R/R Template:Height 175 lbs 06/04/1976
Oh Seung-Hwan Pitcher 17 Template:Flagicon Samsung Lions R/R Template:Height 205 lbs 07/15/1982
Ryu Hyun-Jin Pitcher 99 Template:Flagicon Hanwha Eagles R/L Template:Height 215 lbs 03/25/1987
Son Min-Han Pitcher 1 Template:Flagicon Lotte Giants R/R Template:Height 185 lbs 01/02/1975
Yoon Suk-Min Pitcher 28 Template:Flagicon Kia Tigers R/R Template:Height 180 lbs 07/24/1986
Kang Min-Ho Catcher 47 Template:Flagicon Lotte Giants R/R Template:Height 195 lbs 08/18/1985
Park Kyung-Oan Catcher 26 Template:Flagicon SK Wyverns R/R Template:Height 195 lbs 07/11/1972
Choi Jeong Infielder 2 Template:Flagicon SK Wyverns S/R Template:Height 185 lbs 02/28/1987
Jeong Keun-Woo Infielder 8 Template:Flagicon SK Wyverns R/R Template:Height 165 lbs 10/02/1982
Kim Tae-Kyun Infielder 52 Template:Flagicon Chiba Lotte Marines R/R Template:Height 220 lbs 05/29/1982
Ko Young-Min Infielder 14 Template:Flagicon Doosan Bears R/R Template:Height 160 lbs 02/08/1984
Lee Bum-Ho Infielder 6 Template:Flagicon Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks R/R Template:Height 205 lbs 11/25/1981
Lee Dae-Ho Infielder 10 Template:Flagicon Lotte Giants R/R Template:Height 220 lbs 06/21/1982
Park Ki-Hyuk Infielder 16 Template:Flagicon Lotte Giants R/R Template:Height 160 lbs 06/04/1981
Choo Shin-Soo Outfielder 5 Template:Flagicon Cleveland Indians L/L Template:Height 200 lbs 07/13/1982
Kim Hyun-Soo Outfielder 50 Template:Flagicon Doosan Bears L/R Template:Height 210 lbs 01/02/1988
Lee Jin-Young Outfielder 35 Template:Flagicon LG Twins L/L Template:Height 200 lbs 06/15/1980
Lee Jong-Wook Outfielder 39 Template:Flagicon Doosan Bears L/L Template:Height 170 lbs 06/18/1980
Lee Taek-Keun Outfielder 29 Template:Flagicon LG Twins R/R Template:Height 185 lbs 07/10/1980
Lee Yong-Kyu Outfielder 15 Template:Flagicon Kia Tigers L/L Template:Height 155 lbs 08/26/1985

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