Nicknamed the Blue Bogy, the South Korea national baseball team is currently ranked 2nd in the world IBAF rankings. The team has competed in several tournaments like the Summer Olympic Games, World Baseball Classic and the Baseball World Cup among others.
In the 2008 Summer Olympics, South Korea surpassed the likes of United States to finish the group stage in first place. Reaching the semifinal, Korea faced arch-rivals Japan whom they defeated with a 6-2 score line. In the finals they surprised the world by defeating favorites Cuba for the second time in the tournament, winning the game 3-2. Korea won its gold medal for Baseball along with 12 other gold medals in the Olympics which made them the 2nd highest gold medalist country after China.
World Baseball Classic
In the 2006 WBC, the Korean team now with players from MLB won every game of Pool A and reached the semifinals where they lost to Japan, which led to a controversy regarding WBC regulations as Japan had won 4 games and suffered 3 losses while Korean had a single loss and had already beaten Japan twice.
In 2009, South Korea was placed in Pool A where they overcame China to advance to the second round where they beat Mexico and Japan to advance to the semifinals. South Korea defeated Venezuela to reach the finals but lost to Japan in the final by 5-3.
Baseball World Cup
Korea have won a single gold, 5 silver and 2 bronze medals in the Baseball World Cup over the years since they first participated in 1978.
Korea have finished first in 1977 and second twice in 1985 and 2002.
Asian Games & Asian Baseball Championships
In the Asian Games, Korea have won 2 gold medals, one silver and one bronze medal, while they have a spectacular record in the Asian Baseball Championship, having finished first seven times.