|League||KBO League (1982–present)|
|Location||Daegu, South Korea|
|Ballpark||Daegu Samsung Lions Park (2016–present)|
|League championships||1982,[a] 1984,[b] 1985,[c] 1986,[b] 1987,[c] 1999,[d] 2001, 2002, 2005, 2006, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015|
|Korean Series championships||1985,[e] 2002, 2005, 2006, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014|
|Former ballparks||Daegu Baseball Stadium (1982–2015)|
|Colors||Blue, white and grey|
|Retired numbers||10, 22, 36|
The Samsung Lions (Korean: 삼성 라이온즈) are a South Korean professional baseball team founded in 1982. They are based in the southeastern city of Daegu and are members of the KBO League. Their home stadium is Daegu Samsung Lions Park. They have won the Korean Series eight times (they have also finished runner-up ten times). The Samsung Lions is the first team to win four consecutive Korean Series titles (2011, 2012, 2013, 2014). The Samsung Lions are also the first Korean team ever to win a regular league title for five consecutive years (2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015).
The Samsung Lions were founded in 1982 as one of the original six KBO League teams. They won their first championship in 1985, going 40-14-1 in the first half and 37-18 in the second half for a total of 77–32 for the best one-season winning percentage in KBO League history (a record that still stands). The 1985 team had two 25-game-winners on their staff, Kim Si-jin and Kim ll-young; as the Lions were winners of both half-season pennants that year, no Korean Series was held and the Lions were declared champions outright.
The Lions would also win the championship in 2002, 2005 and 2006, having the best record in each one of those years. In 2010, Ryu Jung-il was hired as the new manager of the Samsung Lions. He led the team to the best record in the league and its fifth KBO title in 2011. After the KBO League, the Samsung Lions won the Asian Series championship. The Samsung Lions became the first team to win the pennant race, the Korean Series, and the Asian Series in the same year.
In 2012, one of the most notable players on the team, Lee Seung-yuop, returned to South Korea from Japan. With his help, the Samsung Lions won their sixth championship in the 2012 season. They won another two championships in 2013 and 2014, for a total of eight Korean Series championships. In 2016, Samsung Lions moved to their new stadium, Daegu Samsung Lions Park.
|1982||Daegu Baseball Stadium||KBO||2/6||2/6||40||26||14||0||.650||.266||57||2.70||Lost Korean Series vs. OB Bears (1–1–4)|
|1983||KBO||4/6||5/6||50||21||26||3||.447||.263||90||3.42||Did not qualify||Lee Man-soo (MVP)|
|1984||KBO||2/6||1/6||50||32||18||0||.640||.270||78||3.35||Lost Korean Series vs. Lotte Giants (3–4)|
|1986||KBO||2/7||1/7||54||39||15||0||.722||.276||74||2.95||Won Playoff vs. OB Bears (3–2)
Lost Korean Series vs. Haitai Tigers (1–4)
|1987||KBO||2/7||1/7||54||33||21||0||.611||.300||105||3.58||Lost Korean Series vs. Haitai Tigers (0–4)||Jang Hyo-jo (MVP)|
|1988||KBO||3/7||5/7||54||23||30||1||.435||.278||85||4.18||Lost Playoff vs. Binggrae Eagles (0–3)|
|1989||KBO||4/7||4/7||120||57||58||5||.496||.272||96||4.42||Did not qualify|
|1990||KBO||2/7||2/7||120||66||52||2||.558||.263||131||4.13||Won Semi-playoff vs. Binggrae Eagles (2–0)
Won Playoff vs. Haitai Tigers (3–0)
Lost Korean Series vs. LG Twins (0–4)
|1991||KBO||3/8||3/8||126||70||55||1||.560||.272||108||4.23||Won Semi-playoff vs. Lotte Giants (2–1–1)
Lost Playoff vs. Binggrae Eagles (1–3)
|1992||KBO||4/8||4/8||126||67||57||2||.540||.265||124||4.55||Lost Semi-playoff vs. Lotte Giants (0–2)|
|1993||KBO||2/8||2/8||126||73||48||5||.599||.268||133||2.95||Won Playoff vs. LG Twins (3–2)
Lost Korean Series vs. Haitai Tigers (2–1–4)
|Kim Seong-rae (MVP) |
Yang Joon-hyuk (ROTY)
|1994||KBO||5/8||5/8||126||60||64||2||.484||.260||106||3.47||Did not qualify|
|1995||KBO||5/8||5/8||126||60||60||6||.500||.250||94||3.90||Did not qualify||Lee Dong-su (ROTY)|
|1996||KBO||6/8||6/8||126||54||67||5||.448||.249||88||4.23||Did not qualify|
|1997||KBO||3/8||4/8||126||66||53||7||.552||.277||165||4.23||Won Semi-playoff vs. Ssangbangwool Raiders (2–1)
Lost Playoff vs. LG Twins (2–3)
|Lee Seung-yuop (MVP)|
|1998||KBO||3/8||2/8||126||66||58||2||.532||.268||143||4.32||Lost Playoff vs. LG Twins (1–3)|
|1999||Magic League||4/8||1/4||132||73||57||2||.562||.273||207||5.16||Lost Playoff vs. Lotte Giants (3–4)||Lee Seung-yuop (MVP)|
|2000||Dream League||3/8||3/4||133||69||59||5||.539||.269||177||4.64||Lost Playoff vs. Hyundai Unicorns (0–4)|
|2001||KBO||2/8||1/8||133||81||52||0||.609||.277||162||4.39||Lost Korean Series vs. Doosan Bears (2–4)||Lee Seung-yuop (MVP)|
|2002||KBO||1/8||1/8||133||82||47||4||.636||.284||191||3.92||Won Korean Series vs. LG Twins (4–2)||Lee Seung-yuop (MVP)|
|2003||KBO||4/8||3/8||133||76||53||4||.589||.284||213||4.37||Lost Semi-playoff vs. SK Wyverns (0–2)||Lee Seung-yuop (MVP)|
|2004||KBO||2/8||2/8||133||73||52||8||.584||.269||132||3.76||Won Playoff vs. Doosan Bears (3–1)
Lost Korean Series vs. Hyundai Unicorns (2–3–4)
|Bae Young-soo (MVP)|
|2005||KBO||1/8||1/8||126||74||48||4||.607||.268||111||3.83||Won Korean Series vs. Doosan Bears (4–0)||Oh Seung-hwan (ROTY)|
|2006||KBO||1/8||1/8||126||73||50||3||.593||.255||73||3.33||Won Korean Series vs. Hanwha Eagles (4–1–1)|
|2007||KBO||4/8||4/8||126||62||60||4||.508||.254||86||3.71||Lost Semi-playoff vs. Hanwha Eagles (1–2)|
|2008||KBO||4/8||4/8||126||65||61||0||.516||.258||92||4.42||Won Semi-playoff vs. Lotte Giants (3–0)
Lost Playoff vs. Doosan Bears (2–4)
|Choi Hyoung-woo (ROTY)|
|2009||KBO||5/8||5/8||133||64||69||0||.481||.275||146||4.98||Did not qualify|
|2010||KBO||2/8||2/8||133||79||52||2||.594||.272||118||3.94||Won Playoff vs. Doosan Bears (3–2)
Lost Korean Series vs. SK Wyverns (0–4)
|2011||KBO||1/8||1/8||133||79||50||4||.612||.259||95||3.35||Won Korean Series vs. SK Wyverns (4–1)||Bae Yeong-seob (ROTY)|
|2012||KBO||1/8||1/8||133||80||51||2||.611||.272||89||3.44||Won Korean Series vs. SK Wyverns (4–2)|
|2013||KBO||1/9||1/9||128||75||51||2||.595||.283||113||3.99||Won Korean Series vs. Doosan Bears (4–3)|
|2014||KBO||1/9||1/9||128||78||47||3||.624||.301||161||4.52||Won Korean Series vs. Nexen Heroes (4–2)|
|2015||KBO||2/10||1/10||144||88||56||0||.611||.302||176||4.70||Lost Korean Series vs. Doosan Bears (1–4)||Koo Ja-wook (ROTY)|
|2016||Daegu Samsung Lions Park||KBO||9/10||9/10||144||65||78||1||.455||.293||142||5.65||Did not qualify|
|2017||KBO||9/10||9/10||144||55||84||5||.396||.280||145||5.90||Did not qualify|
|2018||KBO||6/10||6/10||144||68||72||4||.486||.288||146||5.19||Did not qualify|
|2019||KBO||8/10||8/10||144||60||83||1||.420||.256||122||4.64||Did not qualify|
- Latter half pennant winner.
- First half pennant winner.
- Both first and latter halves pennant winner.
- Magic League winners.
- The 1985 Korean Series was not played, as the Samsung Lions finished in the first place in both parts of the regular league season and thus were declared champions outright.
Korean Baseball League MVP
- 1983: Lee Man-soo (catcher)
- 1987: Jang Hyo-jo (outfielder)
- 1993: Kim Seong-rae (infielder)
- 1997, 1999, 2001, 2002, 2003: Lee Seung-yuop (infielder)
- 2004: Bae Young-soo (pitcher)
Player Records (batter)
- 1983 Jang Hyo-jo AVG .369
- 1984 Lee Man-soo AVG .340
- 1985 Jang Hyo-jo AVG .373
- 1986 Jang Hyo-jo AVG .329
- 1987 Jang Hyo-jo AVG .387
- 1993 Yang Joon-hyuk AVG .341
- 1996 Yang Joon-hyuk AVG .346
- 1998 Yang Joon-hyuk AVG .342
- 1983 Lee Man-soo 27 HR
- 1984 Lee Man-soo 23 HR
- 1985 Lee Man-soo 22 HR
- 1987 Kim Seong-rae 22 HR
- 1993 Kim Seong-rae 28 HR
- 1997 Lee Seung-yuop 32 HR
- 1999 Lee Seung-yuop 54 HR
- 2001 Lee Seung-yuop 39 HR
- 2002 Lee Seung-yuop 47 HR
- 2003 Lee Seung-yuop 56 HR
- 2007 Shim Jeong-soo 31 HR
- 2011 Choi Hyoung-woo 30 HR
The first number retired by the Samsung Lions organization was number 22, in honor of catcher and slugger Lee Man-soo, who played for the team from 1982 to 1997, and was later a coach with the Chicago White Sox of the MLB and the SK Wyverns. Lee was a five-time KBO League Golden Glove Award-winner with the Lions, won the KBO League MVP in 1983, and the hitting Triple Crown in 1984. The second number retired by the Samsung Lions organization was number 10, in honor of left-handed batter Yang Joon-hyuk, who played for the team from 1993 to 1998 and from 2002 to 2010. Yang led the league in batting four times, and holds six career batting records (including at one time the home run record with 351, now surpassed by Lee Seung-yeop). The third retired number, 36, was retired in honor of Lee Seung-yuop, who has spent 15 seasons with the club and is the all-time KBO League leader in home runs with 467. Lee also holds the KBO records for runs scored, RBIs, total bases, slugging percentage, and OPS.
- Seo Young-moo (1982-1983)
- Lee Chung-nam (1983)
- Kim Yeong-duk (1984-1986)
- Jeong Dong-jin (1986) (caretaker)
- Park Young-gil (1987-1988)
- Jeong Dong-jin (2) (1989-1990)
- Kim Sung-keun (1991-1992)
- Woo Yong-deuk (1993-1995)
- Baek In-chun (1996-1997)
- Cho Chang-soo (1997) (caretaker)
- Seo Jeong-hwan (1998-1999)
- Kim Yong-hee (2000)
- Kim Eung-ryong (2001-2004)
- Sun Dong-yol (2005-2010)
- Ryu Joong-il (2011-2016)
- Kim Han-soo (2017-2019)
- Heo Sam-yeong (2020–present)
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