According to KBS World Radio, the Korean World Baseball Classic team released its final 29-man roster.
Manager In-shik Kim announced the 29-man roster that includes seven overseas-based players: pitchers Chan-Ho Park of San Diego Padres, Sun-Woo Kim and Byung-Hyun Kim of Colorado Rockies, Bong Jung of Cincinnati Reds and Dae-sung Koo of New York Mets, infielder Hee-Seop Choi of Los Angeles Dodgers and Seung-yeop Lee of NPB’s Chiba Lotte Marines.
“We released the list 20 days ahead of schedule to give the players a great deal of preparation,” Kim said.
Korea is still waiting answer from Jae-weong Seo of New York Mets to become their 30th man of the Korean World Baseball Classic team.Players from Korea Baseball Organization include the Most Valuable Player, pitcher Son Min-han of the Lotte Giants, and top rookie Oh Seung-hwan of the league championship Samsung Lions.
Based on schedule, Korea will play against Taiwan on March 3rd, China on March 4th, Japan on March 5th in Tokyo Dome in the first round. Top two teams will advance to second round.
Pitchers: Chan-Ho Park (San Diego Padres), Dae-sung Koo, Jae-weong Seo (New York Mets), Byung-hyun Kim , Sun-Woo Kim (Colorado Rockies), Jung-Keun Bong (Cincinnati Reds), Young-soo Bae, Seunghwan Oh (Samsung Lions), Myunghwan Park, Jae-hoon Chong(Doosan Bears), Dae-hyun Chong (SK Wyverns), Min-han Sohn (Lotte Giants), Byung-doo Jeon (Kia Tigers)
Catchers: Kap-yong Jin (Samsung), Sung-heun Hong (Doosan), Insung Cho (LG Twins)
1st Baseman: Seung-yeop Lee (Lotte Marines), Hee-seop Choi (Los Angeles Dodgers), Tae-kyun Kim (Hanwha Eagles)
2nd Baseman: Jae-keol Kim (Samsung), Jong-kook Kim (Kia)
3rd Baseman: Han-soo Kim (Samsung), Dong-joo Kim (Doosan)
Short Stop: Jin-man Park (Samsung), Min-jae Kim (Hanwha)
Outfielders: Han-yee Park (Samsung), Jae-hong Park, Jin-young Lee (SK), Byung-kyu Lee (LG), Jong-beom Lee(Kia)
* Jae-weong Seo of the New York Mets could be added later.