|League||KBO League (2013–present)|
|Location||Changwon, South Korea|
|Ballpark||Changwon NC Park (2019–present)|
|Korean Series championships||2020|
|Former ballparks||Masan Baseball Stadium (2012–2018)|
|Colors||Blue and gold|
NC Dinos (Korean: NC 다이노스) are a South Korean professional baseball team based in Changwon. They have competed in KBO League since 2013. Their home stadium is Changwon NC Park since 2019. NC Dinos are owned by a video game developer NCSoft Corporation, and named after that company.
On July 1, 2010, three cities, which were Changwon, Masan and Jinhae, were integrated into one city, Changwon. As a result of the integration, Changwon became the 11th largest city in South Korea. Afterward, Changwon drove forward the project, which attracted a baseball team in the city. On December 22, 2010, video game company NCSoft submitted a plan that it wanted to found a baseball team that would be later admitted to the KBO as a member franchise. Changwon hereby became the first city having a baseball team among all the non-metropolitan cities in South Korea.
In the 2012 season, NC Dinos competed in the unaffiliated Freedom Division of the Korea Baseball Futures League. On May 8, 2012, the Korea Baseball Organization officially approved NC Dinos' admission to the KBO League to start off the 2013 season.
As a new team in 2013, the Dinos were allowed three foreign players on their roster (as opposed to the usual two). In 2014, that limit was raised to four (while all non-expansion teams were limited to three). The 2014 Dinos signed pitchers Charlie Shirek, Eric Hacker, Thad Weber, and outfielder Eric Thames.
In November 2020, the Dinos won their first Korean Series championship, four games to two games over the Doosan Bears. This followed the team's first regular season championship, in which the Dinos finished the 2020 regular season in first place for the first time in the team's history.
|7/9||7/9||128||52||72||4||.419||.244||86||3.96||Did not qualify||Lee Jae-hak (ROTY)|
|2014||4/9||3/9||128||70||57||1||.551||.282||143||4.29||Lost Semi-playoff vs. LG Twins (1–3)||Park Min-woo (ROTY)|
|2015||3/10||2/10||144||84||57||3||.596||.289||161||4.26||Lost Playoff vs. Doosan Bears (2–3)||Eric Thames (MVP)|
|2016||2/10||2/10||144||83||58||3||.589||.291||169||4.48||Won Playoff vs. LG Twins (3–1)
Lost Korean Series vs. Doosan Bears (0–4)
|2017||4/10||4/10||144||79||62||3||.560||.293||149||4.71||Won Wild Card vs. SK Wyverns (1–0)
Won Semi-playoff vs. Lotte Giants (3–2)
Lost Playoff vs. Doosan Bears (1–3)
|2018||10/10||10/10||144||58||85||1||.406||.261||143||5.48||Did not qualify|
|5/10||5/10||144||73||70||2||.511||.278||128||4.02||Lost Wild Card vs. LG Twins (0–1)|
|2020||1/10||1/10||144||83||55||6||.601||.293||186||4.31||Won Korean Series vs. Doosan Bears (4–2)|
updated on 5 June 2018
- Eric Thames, 2015 KBO League Most Valuable Player Award Winner (First in NC Dinos franchise history), currently a free agent.
- Logan Verrett, formerly of the New York Mets
The NC Dinos have two mascots. Sseri is a green Brontosaurus that wears a necklace and has affectionately been nicknamed "Swole Daddy" by SB Nation. The Dinos' other mascot, Dandi, is a blue Tyrannosaurus.
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- "KBO clubs snatch up new foreign players following rule change," Yonhap News Agency (December 16, 2013).
- "NC Dinos Win Korean Series, Celebrate with Enormous Sword".
- Dator, James (2020-05-11). "I accidentally re-named the NC Dinos mascot 'Swole Daddy'". SBNation.com. Retrieved 2020-05-16.
- "All other mascots just got served by this incredible KBO dancing dinosaur". MLB.com. Retrieved 2020-05-16.
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