Hanwha Eagles

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Hanwha Eagles
한화 이글스
Hanwha Eagles.svg Hanwha Eagles cap logo.svg
Team logo Cap insignia
Information
League KBO League (1986–present)
Location Daejeon, South Korea
Ballpark
Year established 1985; 32 years ago (1985)
League championships (2): 1989, 1992
Korean Series championships (1): 1999
Former name(s)
  • Binggrae Eagles (1986–1993)
Colors Orange, black and grey
              
Retired numbers
Ownership Hanwha
Manager Lee Sang-gun
General Manager Park Jong-hoon
President Kim Chung-beom
Website http://www.hanwhaeagles.co.kr
Uniforms
KBO-Uniform-Hanwha.png

The Hanwha Eagles (Korean: 한화 이글스) or Daejeon Hanhwa Eagles (Korean: 대전 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. They are a member of the KBO League. The Eagles' home ballpark is Daejeon Hanbat Baseball Stadium. Founded in 1985 as the "Binggrae Eagles" (Binggrae was the then-trademark of Hanwha's confectionery 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.

The Eagles won the Korean Series once in 1999 and the league pennant twice. As of 2016, they played in the postseason for twelve 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 slugging percentage was .484 in 1999, the highest team total in the KBO League history. 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), and the pitchers Jung Min-cheul (23) and Song Jin-woo (21).

Robot fans[edit]

The team gained international attention when they equipped their stadium 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.[1]

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, Vinny Eagle
Vinny Eagle poses with US military personnel baseball players.
Winny 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
Rank Games Wins Losses Draws Win% GB TBA
Binggrae Eagles
1986 KBO 7/7 7/7 54 12 42 0 .222 27 .236    
6/7 54 19 34 1 .358 1412 .236
1987 KBO 6/7 6/7 54 24 28 2 .463 8 .274   Lee Jung-hoon (ROTY)
6/7 54 23 29 2 .444 7 .274
1988 KBO 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
 
3/7 54 28 25 1 .528 6 .266
1989 KBO 2/7 1/7 120 71 46 3 .604 .276 Lost Korean Series vs. Haitai Tigers, 1–4  
1990 KBO 4/7 3/7 120 68 50 2 .575 2 .270 Lost Semi-playoff vs. Samsung Lions, 0–2  
1991 KBO 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)
1992 KBO 2/8 1/8 126 81 43 2 .651 .267 Lost Korean Series vs. Lotte Giants, 1–4 Jang Jong-hoon (MVP)
1993 KBO 5/8 126 61 61 4 .500 1912 .238    
Hanwha Eagles
1994 KBO 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 KBO 6/8 126 55 71 0 .437 2112 .249    
1996 KBO 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 KBO 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
 
2000 Magic League 7/8 3/4 133 50 78 5 .391 16 .276    
2001 KBO 4/8 133 61 68 4 .473 18 .275 Lost Semi-playoff vs. Doosan Bears, 0–2 Kim Tae-kyun (ROTY)
2002 KBO 7/8 133 59 69 5 .461 2212 .256    
2003 KBO 5/8 133 63 65 5 .492 1512 .254    
2004 KBO 7/8 133 53 74 6 .417 2112 .268    
2005 KBO 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 KBO 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)
2007 KBO 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 KBO 5/8 126 64 62 0 .508 19 .254    
2009 KBO 8/8 133 46 84 3 .346 35 .269    
2010 KBO 8/8 133 49 82 2 .368 35 .242    
2011 KBO 6/8 133 59 72 2 .450 21 .268    
2012 KBO 8/8 133 53 77 3 .408 2612 .243    
2013 KBO 9/9 128 42 85 1 .331 3312 .244    
2014 KBO 9/9 128 49 77 2 .389 2912 .283    
2015 KBO 6/10 144 68 76 0 .472 20 .271    
2016 KBO 7/10 144 66 75 3 .468 26 .289    
Overall record Wins Losses Draws Win%  
1841 2028 80 .476
31 42 1 .425
1872 2070 81 .475

Personnel[edit]

Current lineup[edit]

Hanwha Eagles roster
Active roster Coaches/Other
Pitchers
Starting rotation

Bullpen

Closer

Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders


Manager

Coaches


Roster updated on 6 September 2017
All KBO League rosters

Managers[edit]

References[edit]

General
Specific
  1. ^ Lee, Dave (25 July 2001). "Cheering robots replace real fans at Korean baseball". BBC. Retrieved 6 August 2014. 

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