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SK Wyverns Uniform 2015
SK Wyverns Baseball Club (에스케이 와이번스 야구단) is a South Korean professional baseball team founded in 2000. Based in Incheon, they play their home games at Munhak Baseball Stadium.

Their current manager is Trey Hillman.

HistoryEdit

The first team to represent Incheon was founded in the inaugural KBO season in 1982, and were known as the Sammi Superstars. The team was unsuccessful, winning just 15 games out of 80 in their first season. They changed ownership in 1985 and were known as the Cheongbo Pintos. This new incarnation lasted only two seasons and became the Taepyeongyang Dolphins in 1988. In 1995, the powerful conglomerate, Hyundai, bought the outfit and re-named them the Hyundai Unicorns. With more potent financial backing, they finally brought the first Korean Series to Incheon in 1998.

In the 2000 season, the Ssang Bang Wool Raiders, a team that had previously represented the Jeollabuk-do region, was dissolved because of the bankruptcy of the Ssang Bang Wool Group, the teams owner, and its franchise was fortified by KBO. Then the KBO awarded a new franchise to the SK conglomerate. The name of the new franchise was determines to be the SK Wyverns. So the Raiders and the Wyverns has no historical links although the former Raiders players mostly consisted of the new team. Therefore, no historical records of the Raiders were succeeded to the Wyverns.

The Unicorns moved out of Incheon to go to Suwon, and the SK Wyverns filled the void left in Incheon. Their first Korean Series appearance came in 2003, where somewhat ironically, they were defeated by the Hyundai Unicorns in seven games.

In 2007, SK defeated the Doosan Bears in six games to win the 2007 Korean Series - the first time the franchise had won the Korean Series - after finishing the league in first place. They became the first team in Korean Series history to win after losing the first two games. Designated Hitter Kim Jae-hyun was the series MVP.

SK went on to compete in the Konami Cup, a short competition between the champions of the Korean Baseball League, the Japanese Baseball League, the Taiwanese Baseball League, and the China All-Stars.

On November 8, 2007, SK Wyverns managed to defeat the Chunichi Dragons (6-3), giving them their first ever loss in Konami Cup history. On November 9, 2007, they soundly defeated the China All-Stars (13-0), causing the game to be called in the 7th inning, due to the 'Mercy Rule'. On November 10, 2007, they repeated their performance, defeating the Uni-President 7-Eleven Lions of Taiwan (13-1) in 7 innings.

The final game, on November 11, 2007, was a rematch of the first game, between Chunichi Dragons and SK Wyverns. In an extremely close game, Chunichi managed to win the game, 6-5.

SK went to the Korean Series again in 2008, once again facing their main rivals, Doosan Bears. In a repeat of 2007, SK defeated Doosan to become 2 time Korean Series Champions. 21 year old 3rd baseman Choi Jeong was named the series MVP.

SK once again went on to compete in the Konami Cup. On November 13, 2008, SK Wyverns managed to defeat the Seibu Lions (4-3), marking the second straight year in which the Korean champions handed the Japanese champions a loss in this competition. On November 14, 2008, they once again defeated the Chinese representatives, Tianjin Lions, in a "mercy-rule" shortened game. On November 15, 2008, they were soundly defeated in a rematch with Uni-President 7-Eleven Lions of Taiwan (10-4) and failed to qualify for the championship game for a second straight year.

In 2009, however, SK were runners-up in the 2009 KBO season and 2009 Korean Series, where they were defeated by the KIA Tigers in 7 games.

The Wyverns also had a 23 game winning streak that ended in April 2010. This is the longest winning streak in Korean Baseball, and the second longest in the world, after the New York Giants.

Season by season recordsEdit

Year City Team Rank Games W L D Win %
2000 Incheon SK Wyverns 8 133 44 86 3 0.338
2001 Incheon SK Wyverns 7 133 60 71 2 0.458
2002 Incheon SK Wyverns 6 133 61 69 3 0.469
2003 Incheon SK Wyverns 2 133 66 64 3 0.508
2004 Incheon SK Wyverns 5 133 61 64 8 0.488
2005 Incheon SK Wyverns 3 126 70 50 6 0.583
2006 Incheon SK Wyverns 6 126 60 65 1 0.480
2007 Incheon SK Wyverns 1 126 73 48 5 0.603
2008 Incheon SK Wyverns 1 126 83 43 0 0.659
2009 Incheon SK Wyverns 2 133 80 47 6 0.602
2010 Incheon SK Wyverns 1 133 84 47 2 0.632
2011 Incheon SK Wyverns 3 133 71 59 3 0.546
2012 Incheon SK Wyverns 2 133 71 59 3 0.546
2013 Incheon SK Wyverns 6 128 62 63 3 0.496
2014 Incheon SK Wyverns 5 128 61 65 2 0.484
2015 Incheon SK Wyverns 5 144 69 73 2 0.486
2016 Incheon SK Wyverns 6 144 69 75 0 0.479

Futures League Season by Season Records (Since 2013 ~ )Edit

Year Rank Games W L D Win%
2013292473960.547
20144893739130.487
20153102415380.436
2016496444480.500

2017 SK Wyverns RosterEdit

  • Pitchers
  • Starters
  • 29 Kim Kwang-Hyun
  • -- Merrill Kelly
  • 66 Yun Hui-Sang
  • -- Lim Jun-Hyuk
  • 46 Baek In-Sik
  • Bullpen
  • 45 Chae Byeong-Yong
  • Shin Jae-Woong
  • Shin Dong-Hoon
  • -- Kim Dae-Yu
  • 82 Park Jeong-Bae
  • 43 Jeon Yu-Soo
  • -- Kim Jeong-Min
  • Closer
  • 47 Park Hee-Soo
  • Catchers
  • 12 Lee Jae-Won
  • -- Park Jeong-Wook
  • Infielders
  • -- Danny Worth
  • -- Lee Dae-Soo
  • 06 Kim Seong-Hyun
  • -- Choi Jeong-Yong
  • 14 Choi Jeong
  • 36 Park Jung-Kwon
  • 33 Jo Seong-Woo
  • -- Choi Seung-Joon
  • Outfielders
  • 00 Kim Kang-Min
  • 11 Park Jae-Sang
  • 01 Cho Dong-Hwa
  • 62 Han Dong-Min
  • Inactive Infielders
  • -- Kim Moon-Hong 
  • 04 Choi-Hang
  • Inactive Outfielders
  • 67 Kim Jae-Hyun
  • 17 Lee Myeong-Gi
  • Inactive Pitchers
  • -- Kim Tae-Hoon #
  • -- Moon Gwang Eun #
  • -- Lee Jeong Dam #
  • -- Park Jong-Hoon #
  • 54 Moon Seung-Won 
  • 49 Oh Min-Cheol
  • 68 Lim Chi-Yeong
  • -- Jo Young-Woo #
  • -- Park Min-Ho #
  • -- Jo Han-Wook #
  • Inactive Catchers
  • 60 Kim Jeong-Hoon
  • -- Lee Hyun-Seok #
  • Manager
  • -- Trey Hillman
  • Coaches
  • -- King Seong-Kab (General 1st head)
  • -- Dave John (General 1st pitching)
  • -- Choi Sang-Deok (General 1st pitching)
  • 99 Jeong Gyeong Bae (General 1st hitting)
  • -- Park Gye-Won (General 1st infield defense)
  • -- Kim In-Ho (General 1st outfield defnse)
  • -- Jeong Soo-Seong (General 1st base running)
  • -- Park Kyeong Oan (General 1st battery)
  • -- Kim Mu-Kwan (General 2nd manager)
  • -- Kim Kyeong-Tae (General 2nd pitching)
  • -- Jae Chun-Mo (General 2nd pitching)
  • -- Lee Dong-Soo (General 2nd hitting)
  • -- Seo Han-Gyu (General 2nd defense)
  • 98 Baek Jae-Ho (General 2nd base running)
  • -- Heo-Woong (General 2nd battery)
  • -- Choi Chang-Ho (General 3rd pitching)
  • 97 Son Ji-Hwan (General 3rd defense)
  • -- Lee Seung-Ho (General 3rd rehab)

Roster updated 2016-11-30

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