Hanwha Eagles

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Hanwha Eagles
한화 이글스
Hanwha Eagles emblem.png Hanwha Eagles insignia.png
Team logo Cap insignia
League Korea Professional Baseball (1986–present)
Location Daejeon
Ballpark
Year established 1985
Nickname(s) Dynamite Bats, Chickens (Chicks), The team of happiness
League championships (2): 1989, 1992
Korean Series championships (1): 1999
Former name(s)
  • Hanwha Eagles (1994–present)
  • Binggrae Eagles (1986-1993)
Colors Orange, black
         
Retired numbers
Ownership Hanwha Group
Manager Kim Sung-keun
General Manager Roh Jae-Deok
President Jung Seung-Jin
Uniforms
KBO-Uniform-Hanwha.png

The Hanwha Eagles (Korean: 한화 이글스), incorporated as the Hanwha Eagles Professional Baseball Club (Korean: 한화 이글스 프로야구단), are a South Korean professional baseball club based in the central city of Daejeon. As a member club of Korean Baseball Organization, the Eagles compete in the Korea Professional Baseball League. The Eagles' home ballpark is Daejeon Baseball Stadium. Founded in 1985 as the "Binggrae Eagles" (Binggrae was the then-trademark of Hanwha's confectionary branch.), they debuted in 1986 as the seventh franchise of the league. The club changed their name into the "Hanwha Eagles" after Binggrae's separation from Hanwha conglomerate in 1993. Hanwha, the owner of the club is one of the largest business conglomerate, or chaebol, in South Korea.

Although the Eagles are not the dominant club in the league, winning only once in the Korean Series in 1999 and twice the league pennants; they proved themselves as worthy competitors. As of 2011, they played in the postseason for 11 times, being the runner-up for five times. The club was renowned for their slugger bats from late 1990s to early 2000s, nicknamed as the Dynamite Bats after one of Hanwha's main business fields, explosives production. The team slugger percentage topped 0.484 in 1999, the highest team SLG in the Korean Professional Baseball League history. The severe slump in the 2009 and 2010 seasons made the club to gain a pejorative nickname of Hanwha Chickens (or Chicks), but recent recovery attempts and team-rebuilding under the new manager, Han Dae-hwa, is slowly showing its progress. But Han Dae-hwa retired from the manager of Hanwha Eagles.[1]

The Eagles have three retired numbers in the roster, more than any other team in the league. Those are for the slugger Jang Jong-hoon (35), the pitchers Jung Min-cheul (23) and Song Jin-woo (21). The Eagles are famous for their respect for franchise stars and veteran players.

Robot fans[edit]

The stadium has been equipped with robot fans that can be controlled by real fans who cannot attend. The BBC stated that "The bots can cheer, chant and perform a Mexican wave" - and facial images can be uploaded to the robot's faces.[2]

Retired numbers[edit]

KBO Retired Hanwha 21.svg
Song
Jin-Woo

P
Retired September 23, 2009
KBO Retired Hanwha 23.svg
Jung
Min-Cheul

P
Retired September 11, 2009
KBO Retired Hanwha 35.svg
Jang
Jong-Hoon

SS, 1B, DH
Retired September 16, 2005

Team mascots[edit]

Eagles mascot, Winny Eagle.
Eagles mascot, Winny Eagle.
Vinny Eagle poses with US military personnel baseball players.
Vinny Eagle poses with US military personnel baseball players.

The Hanwha Eagles has anthropomorphic white eagles for their mascots, named Winny and Vinny Eagle.

Season-by-season records[edit]

Season League Finish Regular season Post season Awards Note
Rank Games Wins Losses Draws Win% GB TBA
Binggrae Eagles
1986 KBC 7/7 7/7 54 12 42 0 .222 27 .236      
6/7 54 19 34 1 .361 1412 .236
1987 KBC 6/7 6/7 54 24 28 2 .463 8 .274   Lee Jung-Hoon (ROTY)  
6/7 54 23 29 0 .444 7 .274
1988 KBC 2/7 2/7 54 34 20 0 .630 12 .266 Won Playoff vs. Samsung Lions, 3-0
Lost Korean Series vs. Haitai Tigers, 2-4
  KS runner-up
3/7 54 28 25 1 .528 6 .266
1989 KBC 2/7 1/7 120 71 46 3 .604 .276 Lost Korean Series vs. Haitai Tigers, 1-4   League Pennant
KS runner-up
1990 KBC 4/7 3/7 120 68 50 2 .575 2 .270 Lost Semi-playoff vs. Samsung Lions, 0-2    
1991 KBC 2/8 126 72 49 5 .591 7 .274 Won Playoff vs. Samsung Lions, 3-1
Lost Korean Series vs. Haitai Tigers, 0-4
Jang Jong-Hoon (MVP) KS runner-up
1992 KBC 2/8 1/8 126 81 43 2 .651 .267 Lost Korean Series vs. Lotte Giants, 1-4 Jang Jong-Hoon (MVP) League Pennant
KS runner-up
1993 KBC 5/8 126 61 61 4 .500 1912 .238   Lee Kang-Don (All-star MVP)  
Hanwha Eagles
1994 KBC 3/8 126 65 59 2 .524 15 .247 Won Semi-playoff vs. Haitai Tigers, 2-0
Lost Playoff vs. Taepyongyang Dolphins, 0-3
   
1995 KBC 6/8 126 55 71 0 .437 2112 .249   Jung Kyung-Hoon (All-star MVP)  
1996 KBC 4/8 126 70 55 1 .560 312 .245 Lost Semi-playoff vs. Hyundai Unicorns, 0-2 Koo Dae-Sung (MVP)  
1997 KBC 6/8 126 51 73 2 .413 2312 .253      
1998 KBC 7/8 126 55 66 5 .455 2312 .250      
1999 Magic League 1/8 2/4 132 72 58 2 .554 1 .283 Won Playoff vs. Doosan Bears, 4-0
Won Korean Series vs. Lotte Giants, 4-1
Koo Dae-Sung (KS MVP) KS title
2000 Magic League 7/8 3/4 133 50 78 5 .391 16 .276   Song Ji-Man (All-star MVP)  
2001 KBC 4/8 133 61 68 4 .473 18 .275 Lost Semi-playoff vs. Doosan Bears, 0-2 Kim Tae-Kyun (ROTY)  
2002 KBC 7/8 133 59 69 5 .461 2212 .256      
2003 KBC 5/8 133 63 65 5 .492 1512 .254      
2004 KBC 7/8 133 53 74 6 .417 2112 .268      
2005 KBC 3/8 4/8 126 64 61 1 .512 1112 .270 Won Semi-playoff vs. SK Wyverns, 3-2
Lost Playoff vs. Doosan Bears, 0-3
   
2006 KBC 2/8 3/8 126 67 57 2 .540 612 .253 Won Semi-playoff vs. Kia Tigers, 2-1
Won Playoff vs. Hyundai Unicorns, 3-1
Lost Korean Series vs. Samsung Lions, 1-4
Ryu Hyun-Jin (ROTY)
Ryu Hyun-Jin (MVP)
KS runner-up
2007 KBC 3/8 126 67 57 2 .540 712 .254 Won Semi-playoff vs. Samsung Lions, 2-1
Lost Playoff vs. Doosan Bears, 0-3
   
2008 KBC 5/8 126 64 62 0 .508 19 .254      
2009 KBC 8/8 133 46 84 3 .346 35 .269      
2010 KBC 8/8 133 49 82 2 .368 35 .242      
2011 KBC 6/8 133 59 72 2 .450 21 .268      
2012 KBC 8/8 133 53 77 3 .408 2612 .243      
2013 KBC 9/9 128 42 85 1 .331 3312 .244      
Overall record Wins Losses Draws Win%  
1658 1800 73 .485 All-time regular season record
31 42 1 .425 All-time postseason record
1689 1842 74 .484 All-time regular and postseason record

Personnel[edit]

Current lineup[edit]

Hanwha Eagles roster
Active roster Inactive roster Coaches/Other
Pitchers
Starting rotation

Bullpen

Closer

Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders

Pitchers

Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders

Manager

Coaches

Futures League


† Disabled list
* Suspended list
# Military list
Roster updated 31 March 2014‎
More rosters

Managers[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ [1]"Mk sports"
  2. ^ Lee, Dave (25 July 201). "Cheering robots replace real fans at Korean baseball". BBC. Retrieved 6 August 2014.  Check date values in: |date= (help)

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