Korea Announces Roster For XIX Asian Games

By Matthew Tallarini
World Baseball Network

Korea announced their active 24-man roster for the 19th Asian Games, which will be held in Hangzhou, China, at the Shaoxing Baseball Softball Sports Culture Center from September 25 to October 7. 

The Korean national team roster for the 19th Asian Games will be listed with players from the Korean Baseball Organization and the Futures League of the KBO which is the minor league system. 

Kiwoom Heroes outfielder Lee Jung-hoo will not suit up on the roster for Korea in the Asian Games due to undergoing ankle surgery in late July and will be replaced by Samsung Lions outfielder Kim Seong-yoon. NC Dinos starting pitcher Kim Young-kyu will replace teammate pitcher Koo Chang-mo on the Asian Games roster for Korea. 

Won Tae-in, Choi Ji-hoon and Go Woo-suk are the only pitchers returning from the 2023 World Baseball Classic that will suit up during the Asian Games. 

Korea went 2-2 in the 2023 World Baseball Classic and did not qualify to the quarterfinals. 

Ryu Joong-il will be the manager for the Korean National Team in the Asian Games. 

The first stage of the tournament will be held from September 26-28. The second stage will consist of the nations playing in Group A and Group B from October 1-3. The placement round and super round will take place from October 5-6 followed by the gold medal and bronze medal game on October 7. 

There will be 9 countries from the World Baseball Softball Confederation Asia sector participating in the baseball event for the 19th Asian Games: Japan, ranked No. 1; No. 23 China, No. 75 Laos, No. 74 Singapore, No. 70 Thailand, No. 45 Hong Kong, No. 36 Philippines, and No. 5 Chinese Taipei. Pakistan, Sri Lanka, India, and Bangladesh will not be participating in the Asian Games. 

Last year, the complex was slated to host the XIX Asian Games Hangzhou 2022 baseball and softball competitions, but the games were postponed due to the COVID-19 Pandemic.

The Shaoxing Baseball Softball Sports Culture Center complex is located in the north of Shaoxing City. There are two baseball fields that are on the complex grounds. The main stadium on the complex grounds can seat 5,000 people and add 5,000 temporary seats, and the second stadium has 1,500 seats and can add 1,000 temporary seats.

South Korea has won the gold five times at the Asian Games, winning in 1998, 2002, 2010, 2014, and 2018. 

Chinese Taipei has only won one gold medal at the Asian Games, in 2006. 

The last time Japan won gold at the Asian games was 1994, which was the first year that baseball became a medal sport at the event.

The WBSC Asia sector website and social media pages will have all the listed information on streaming the 19th Asian Games baseball tournament on their YouTube and Facebook page.

Korea 19th Asian Games Active Roster 

Pitchers (Team) 
Lee Eui-lee (KIA Tigers) 
Choi Ji-min (KIA Tigers) 
Kim Young-kyu (NC Dinos) 
Moon Dong-ju (Hanwha Eagles) 
Jang Hyun-seok (Los Angeles Dodgers-Reserve List) 
Park Se-woong (Lotte Giants) 
Jung Woo-Young (LG Twins) 
Gwaek Been (Doosan Bears) 
Park Yeong-hyun (KT Wiz) 
Won Tae-in (Samsung Lions) 
Na Gyun-an (Lotte Giants) 
Go Woo-suk (LG Twins) 

Catchers (Team) 
Kim Hyung-jun (NC Dinos) 
Kim Dong-heon (Kiwoom Heroes) 

Infielders (Team) 
Noh Si-hwan (Hanwha Eagles) 
Kim Ju-won (NC Dinos) 
Kim Ji-chan (Samsung Lions) 
Moon Bo-gyeong (LG Twins) 
Kang Baek-ho (KT Wiz) 
Park Seong-han (SSG Landers) 
Kim Hye-seong (Kiwoom Heroes) 

Outfielders (Team) 
Choi Ji-hoon (SSG Landers) 
Kim Seong-yoon (Samsung Lions) 
Choi Won-jun (KIA Tigers) 

19th Asian Games Baseball Tournament Schedule 
All Games At Shaoxing Baseball and Softball Sports Culture Center
All Times Eastern Daylight Time  

Tuesday, Sept. 26, 2023 
6 a.m. EDT – Laos vs. Thailand

Wednesday, Sept. 27, 2023 
6:30 a.m. EDT – Singapore vs. Laos

Thursday, Sept. 28, 2023 
6:30 a.m. EDT – Thailand vs. Singapore

Sunday, Oct. 1, 2023 
12 a.m. EDT – Qualifier 2nd Seed vs. China  
12 a.m. EDT – Japan vs. Philippines  
6:30 a.m. EDT – Hong Kong vs. Korea  
6:30 a.m. EDT – Qualifier 1st Seed vs. Chinese Taipei  

Monday, October 2, 2023 
12 a.m. EDT – Philippines vs. China  
12 a.m. EDT – Hong Kong vs. Qualifier 1st Seed  
6:30 a.m. EDT – Korea vs. Chinese Taipei
6:30 a.m. EDT – Qualifier 2nd Seed vs. Japan  

Tuesday, October 3, 2023 
12 a.m. EDT – Chinese Taipei vs. Hong Kong
12 a.m. EDT – Qualifier 1st Seed vs. Korea  
6:30 a.m. EDT – China vs. Japan
6:30 a.m. EDT – Philippines vs. Qualifier 2nd Seed

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