NC Dinos

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The NC Dinos joined the Korea Baseball Organization as an expansion team that began play in 2013, the league's first growth since the Ssangbangwool Raiders joined in 1991. They play their home games at Masan Stadium and are owned by NCSoft, a software company.

They began 0-7, the worst start for a KBO expansion franchise, before Jae-hak Lee recorded the club's first victory. They finished 7th out of 9 teams at 52-72-4 and boasted ERA leader Charlie Shirek (2.48) and steal leader (50) Jong-ho Kim. Jae-hak Lee (10-5, 2.88) was named KBO Rookie of the Year.

The team improved to 70-57-1 and third place in 2014 and had their first KBO Gold Glove winner, OF Sung-bum Na. 2015 was better yet at 84-57-3 and second place in the regular season before they fell in the postseason; Eric Hacker had a league-high 19 wins, Eric Thames was the first Dino to win KBO MVP after posting the league's first 40-40 season and also winning the batting title and Na joined the two Erics to give the team three Gold Glove winners, tying for the most that year.

The Dinos made their first Korean Series in 2016, as Thames tied for the league home run lead and Na and Seok-min Park added strong bats while Hacker again was the ace starter and Chang-min Lim was a fine closer.