Kiwoom Heroes

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Kiwoom Heroes
키움 히어로즈
Kiwoom Heroes.png Kiwoom Heroes insignia.png
Team logo Cap insignia
Information
LeagueKBO League (2008–present)
LocationSeoul, South Korea
BallparkGocheok Sky Dome
Year established2008; 11 years ago (2008)
Former name(s)
  • Woori Heroes (2008)
  • Heroes (2008–2009)
  • Seoul Heroes (2009)
  • Nexen Heroes (2010–2018)
Former ballparksMokdong Baseball Stadium (2008–2015)
ColorsBurgundy and grey
         
OwnershipSeoul Heroes, Co., LTD.[Note 1]
ManagerJang Jeong-seok
Websitehttp://www.heroes-baseball.co.kr

Kiwoom Heroes Baseball Club (Korean키움 히어로즈 야구단) is a South Korean professional baseball team based in Seoul. They are a member of the KBO League. 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. 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. On November 6, 2018, naming rights were sold to Kiwoom Securities.[3]

Season-by-season records[edit]

Year Stadium Rank Regular Season Postseason Awards
Standings Games W L D Win% BA HR ERA
Woori Heroes
2008 Mokdong Baseball Stadium 7/8 7/8 126 50 76 0 .397 .266 70 4.43 Did not qualify
Seoul Heroes
2009 Mokdong Baseball Stadium 6/8 6/8 133 60 72 1 .451 .272 153 5.40 Did not qualify
Nexen Heroes
2010 Mokdong Baseball Stadium 7/8 7/8 133 52 78 3 .391 .262 87 4.55 Did not qualify
2011 8/8 8/8 133 51 80 2 .389 .245 79 4.36 Did not qualify
2012 6/8 6/8 133 61 69 3 .469 .243 102 3.83 Did not qualify Park Byung-ho (MVP)
Seo Geon-chang (ROTY)
2013 4/9 3/9 128 72 54 2 .571 .272 125 4.12 Lost Semi-playoff vs. Doosan Bears (2–3) Park Byung-ho (MVP)
2014 2/9 2/9 128 78 48 2 .619 .298 199 5.25 Won Playoff vs. LG Twins (3–1)
Lost Korean Series vs. Samsung Lions (2–4)
Seo Geon-chang (MVP)
2015 4/10 4/10 144 78 65 1 .545 .298 203 4.91 Won Wild Card vs. SK Wyverns (2–0)
Lost Semi-playoff vs. Doosan Bears (1–3)
2016 Gocheok Sky Dome 4/10 3/10 144 77 66 1 .538 .293 134 4.96 Lost Semi-playoff vs. LG Twins (1–3) Shin Jae-young (ROTY)
2017 7/10 7/10 144 69 73 2 .486 .290 141 5.03 Did not qualify Lee Jung-hoo (ROTY)
2018 3/10 4/10 144 75 69 0 .521 .288 165 5.08 Won Wild Card vs. Kia Tigers (2–0)
Won Semi-playoff vs. Hanwha Eagles (3–1)
Lost Playoff vs. SK Wyverns (2–3)
Kiwoom Heroes
2019 Gocheok Sky Dome
  Overall record Wins Losses Draws Win%  
Regular Season 723 750 17 .491
Postseason 18 18 0 .500
Total 741 768 17 .491

Current lineup[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Although the first and second string of the club are Kiwoom 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
  • "Complete league history and statistics" (in Korean). Korean Baseball League. Retrieved 8 September 2017.
Specific

External links[edit]