2000 Korean Series

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The 2000 Korean Series was the 18th Korean Series but just the third to go a full seven games. The Series featured the Hyundai Unicorns (coming off a 91-40-2 record, best in the Korea Baseball Organization) against the Doosan Bears (76-57). Hyundai was led by catcher Kyung-wan Park (.282/~.422/.615, 95 RBI, a league-leading 40 HR, the MVP of the KBO), 2B Jong-ho Park (the batting champion at .340) and a fine staff of Sun-dong Im (18-4, 3.36), Jin-woo Song (13-2, 3.36), Min-tae Chung (18-6, 3.40) and Soo-kyung Kim (18-8, 3.74). All were in the top 10 in ERA and Im, Kim and Chung tied for the win lead. Doosan was led by Tyrone Woods (.315/.414/.605, 39 HR, 111 RBI) and Dong-joo Kim (.339/.414/.603, 31 HR, 106 RBI). Kim had been the average runner-up while Woods had been second in homers. Jong-soo Shim, a future home run leader, had cracked three game-winning homers in the playoffs to get Doosan into the Series.


October 30

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Doosan Bears 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 0
Hyundai Unicorns 0 0 0 1 0 2 0 0 X 3 10 0

Soo-kyung Kim threw 7 shutout innings while closer Ung-chun Cho struck out 5 of 7 batters he faced for the save as the favored Unicorns easily took the opener.

October 31

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Doosan Bears 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 2 0 8 4
Hyundai Unicorns 0 2 0 0 1 0 0 5 X 8 7 2

Hyundai led 3-2 entering the 8th, when Myung-hwan Park grooved a 3-run homer to Quinlan, which was followed by a solo blast from Jin-man Park.


November 2

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Hyundai Unicorns 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 3 7 0
Doosan Bears 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 6 1

Pil-jung Jin, the Doosan closer, got a rare start, but allowed 3 runs in 5 innings, walking four, while Doosan again got little offense. Chung picked up the win, while Woods' solo homer in the 4th was the only Bear scoring. Hyundai was one win away from a sweep.


November 3

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Hyundai Unicorns 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 0
Doosan Bears 0 0 0 0 2 2 2 0 X 6 11 1

Kye-hyun Cho threw 7 scoreless innings for Doosan to help get the team into positino for the win.

November 4

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Hyundai Unicorns 0 0 0 0 5 0 0 0 0 5 6 0
Doosan Bears 0 0 0 3 0 0 5 1 X 9 10 2

Doosan continued its comeback, thanks to homers from Woods and Shim. Myung-hwan Park got the win with 2 1/3 relief innings as the Bears' fifth hurler of the day. Soo-keun Jung hit a crucial 3-run triple in the 7th.


November 6

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Doosan Bears 0 0 0 3 0 0 1 0 1 5 12 0
Hyundai Unicorns 1 0 0 0 0 2 0 1 0 4 5 3

Sloppy defense by Hyundai helped Doosan tie the series to force game seven.


November 7

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Doosan Bears 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 2 5 5 0
Hyundai Unicorns 0 2 0 3 0 0 0 1 X 6 8 0

Tom Quinlan exploded, with a six-RBI day, to single-handedly give Hyundai the title. Quinlan hit a 2-run double in the second. After Doosan tied it in the 4th, Quinlan jacked a 3-run homer in the same frame. He tacked on a solo homer later for good measure to lock up the Korean Series MVP award.

Sources: 2001 Baseball Almanac, Marco Stoovelaar's 2000 Korean Series coverage

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