Nexen Heroes

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Nexen Heroes
넥센 히어로즈
Nexen Heroes.svg Nexen Heroes insignia.svg
Team logo Cap insignia
League KBO League (2008–present)
Location Seoul, South Korea
Ballpark Gocheok Sky Dome
Year established 2008; 9 years ago (2008)
Nickname(s) Yeong-woong (영웅, hero)
Former name(s)
  • Seoul Heroes (2009)
  • Heroes (2008–2009)
  • Woori Heroes (2008)
Former ballparks Mokdong Baseball Stadium (2008–2015)
Colors Burgundy and grey
         
Ownership Seoul Heroes, Co., LTD.[Note 1]
Manager Jang Jeong-seok
President Lee Chang-suk
Website http://www.heroes-baseball.co.kr
Uniforms
KBO-Uniform-Nexen.png

Nexen Heroes Baseball Club (Hangul넥센 히어로즈 야구단) is a South Korean professional baseball team based in Seoul. They are a member of the KBO League which culminates in the Korean Series. The Heroes mascot is Teokdori (턱돌이; Mr. Jaw). Like other baseball teams in South Korea, the team is known primarily by the name of the sponsor, occasionally as their nickname, and never as the city in which they are based. The Heroes play their home games at Gocheok Sky Dome in Gocheok-dong, a neighborhood located in the southwestern part of Seoul.

In 2014, the Futures League squad changed its name to Hwaseong Heroes (화성 히어로즈) differentiating from the first string.[1][2]

History[edit]

The franchise was originally known as the Sammi SuperStars and had subsequent incarnations as the Chungbo Pintos and Pacific Dolphins. The team was renamed the Hyundai Unicorns after being sold to Hyundai in 1996, and was relocated from Incheon to Suwon. The Unicorns won the KBO championship four times (1998, 2000, 2003 and 2004), with only the Kia Tigers, Samsung Lions and Doosan Bears having a better record of championship victories. But in 2008, the team was disbanded. After that, Centennial Investments founded a new team called Woori Heroes. Unlike the other KBO League ballclubs, the Heroes are owned by a collection of individuals headed by Lee Chang-suk (founder), instead of being owned by its naming sponsor. But during the 2008 season, Woori broke the naming sponsor deal, citing that the Heroes has not paid the full founding fee to the KBO yet, forcing the team to trade most of its star players for cash. For the rest of 2008 season and the 2009 season, the team used only "Heroes" for its name. On February 8, 2010, naming rights were sold to Nexen Tire.

Season-by-season records[edit]

Year Team City Rank GP W L T Win% BA Postseason
2008 Woori Heroes/
Seoul Heroes
Seoul 7 126 50 76 0 .397 .266 Did not qualify
2009 Seoul Heroes Seoul 6 133 60 72 1 .451 .272 Did not qualify
2010 Nexen Heroes Seoul 7 133 52 78 3 .391 .262 Did not qualify
2011 Nexen Heroes Seoul 8 133 51 80 2 .389 .245 Did not qualify
2012 Nexen Heroes Seoul 6 133 61 69 3 .469 .243 Did not qualify
2013 Nexen Heroes Seoul 4 128 72 54 2 .571 .272 Semi-playoff
2014 Nexen Heroes Seoul 2 128 78 48 2 .619 .298 Runner-up
2015 Nexen Heroes Seoul 4 144 78 65 1 .545 .298 Semi-playoff
2016 Nexen Heroes Seoul 3 144 77 66 1 .538 .293 Semi-playoff

Current lineup[edit]

Nexen Heroes roster
Active roster Coaches/Other
Pitchers
Starting rotation

Bullpen

Closer

Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders
Manager

Coaches

Futures League


Roster updated on 10 May 2017
All KBO League rosters

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Although the first and second string of the club are Nexen Heroes and Hwaseong Heroes, the owner company is Seoul Heroes (formerly, Centennial Investment). Seoul Heroes is one of the former names of the club.

References[edit]

General
Specific

External links[edit]