Thirteen out of 24 baseball players on the Korean roster for the 2014 Asian Games in Incheon in September have yet to fulfill their mandatory military service.
Should they win the upcoming Asian Games, they are eligible to be exempted from military service.
This exemption can be worth millions of won for professional baseball players, who can play without interruption in professional leagues here or abroad.
But it remains to be seen as only a dozen baseball players, about half of the roster, have previously participated in big international matches such as the Olympics or World Baseball Classic.
In the Asian Games in Doha in 2006, Korea lost to Japan's and Taiwan's amateur teams and only won bronze.
This year's Japanese squad is made of amateurs, and Taiwan will send university students and amateur players.