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The Samsung Lions (Korean삼성 라이온즈)[1] 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.

Samsung Lions
삼성 라이온즈
Samsung Lions.svg Samsung Lions insignia.svg
Team logo Cap insignia
Information
LeagueKBO League (1982–present)
LocationDaegu, South Korea
BallparkDaegu Samsung Lions Park (2016–present)
Year established1982; 37 years ago (1982)
League championships1982,[a] 1984,[b] 1985,[c] 1986,[b] 1987,[c] 1999,[d] 2001, 2002, 2005, 2006, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015
Korean Series championships1985,[e] 2002, 2005, 2006, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Former ballparksDaegu Baseball Stadium (1982–2015)
ColorsBlue, white and grey
              
Retired numbers10, 22, 36
OwnershipCheil Worldwide
(Samsung's subsidiary)
ManagerKim Han-soo
Websitehttp://www.samsunglions.com/
Uniforms
KBO-Uniform-Samsung.png

Contents

HistoryEdit

The Samsung Lions were founded in 1982 as one of the original six KBO League teams. They won their first championship in 1985, going 77–32 for the best record in the league. They 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, Korean Series, and 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.[2][3] In 2016, Samsung Lions moved to their new stadium, Daegu Samsung Lions Park.[4]

Season-by-season recordsEdit

Season Stadium League Finish Regular season Postseason Awards
Rank Games Wins Losses Draws Win% BA HR ERA
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)
1/6 40 28 12 0 .700
1983 KBO 4/6 5/6 50 21 26 3 .447 .263 90 3.42 Did not qualify Lee Man-soo (MVP)
2/6 50 25 24 1 .510
1984 KBO 2/6 1/6 50 32 18 0 .640 .270 78 3.35 Lost Korean Series vs. Lotte Giants (3–4)  
5/6 50 23 27 0 .460
1985 KBO 1/6 1/6 55 40 14 1 .741 .276 97 2.98 Not held[e]  
1/6 55 37 18 0 .673
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)
 
4/7 54 31 22 1 .585
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)
1/7 54 31 23 0 .444
1988 KBO 3/7 5/7 54 23 30 1 .435 .278 85 4.18 Lost Playoff vs. Binggrae Eagles (0–3)  
2/7 54 33 20 1 .620
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  
  Overall record Wins Losses Draws Win%  
Regular Season 2520 2005 102 .556
Postseason 74 90 7 .453
Total 2594 2095 109 .552
  1. ^ Latter half pennant winner.
  2. ^ a b First half pennant winner.
  3. ^ a b Both first and latter halves pennant winner.
  4. ^ Magic League winners.
  5. ^ a b The 1985 Korean Series was not played, as the Samsung Lions finished in the first place in both parts of the regular league season.

Current rosterEdit

Samsung Lions roster
Players Coaches/Other
Pitchers
Starting rotation

Bullpen

Closer

Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders


Manager

Coaches

Futures League


updated on 11 January 2018
All KBO League rosters

Korean Baseball League MVPEdit

Player Records (batter)Edit

  • Average
1983 Jang Hyo-jo AVG 0.369
1984 Lee Man-soo AVG 0.340
1985 Jang Hyo-jo AVG 0.373
1986 Jang Hyo-jo AVG 0.329
1987 Jang Hyo-jo AVG 0.387
1993 Yang Joon-hyuk AVG 0.341
1996 Yang Joon-hyuk AVG 0.346
1998 Yang Joon-hyuk AVG 0.342
  • Homerun
1983 Lee Man-soo 27HR
1984 Lee Man-soo 23HR
1985 Lee Man-soo 22HR
1987 Kim Seong-rae 22HR
1993 Kim Seung-rae 28HR
1997 Lee Seung-yuop 32HR
1999 Lee Seung-yuop 54HR
2001 Lee Seung-yuop 39HR
2002 Lee Seung-yuop 47HR
2003 Lee Seung-yuop 56HR
2007 Sim Jung-soo 31HR
2011 Choi Hyoung-woo 30HR

Retired numbersEdit

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 1982-1997, and was later a coach with the Chicago White Sox of the MLB and the SK Wyverns. Lee was a 5× Gold Glove winner with the Lions and won the KBO League MVP in 1983[5] 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 1993–1998 and 2002–2010.[5] Yang led the league in batting four times, and holds six career batting records including the home runs record with 351.[5] The third retired number, 36, was retired in honor of Lee Seung-yuop, who has spent 15 season with the club and is the all-time KBO League leader in home runs with 467.[6]

 
Yang Joon-hyuk
RF, DH
 
Lee Man-soo
C

Lee Seung-yuop
IF

ReferencesEdit

General
  • "Complete league history and statistics" (in Korean). Korean Baseball League. Retrieved 8 September 2017.
Specific
  1. ^ 삼성라이온즈 (in Korean). Samsung Lions official website. Retrieved 23 March 2012.
  2. ^ "Samsung wins 3rd straight title in Game 7". The Korea Observer. 2 November 2013. Retrieved 2 November 2013.
  3. ^ Nam Hyun-woo (21 November 2014). "Lion King! Samsung wins 4th straight KBO title". The Korea Times. Retrieved 23 March 2016.
  4. ^ Jung, Yunsik (22 March 2016). "삼성 라이온즈 파크' 개장…"국내 최고 시설" [Samsung Lions Park is opened] (in Korean). news.sbs.co.kr. Retrieved 13 November 2016.
  5. ^ a b c 레전드 [History -> Legends] (in Korean). Samsung Lions official website. Retrieved 13 November 2016.
  6. ^ "Legendary slugger homers twice in final game". Yonhap News Agency. 3 October 2017. Retrieved 3 October 2017.

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