“It’s only 1G, so it’s over…” Welcome, short-term games are new to me…Coach Lee Seung-yup bitter, 2023 half-success ‘futile exit’

October 20, 2023 | by

Doosan head coach Lee Seung-yeop tasted bitterness in his first shortened game.

The Doosan Bears lost 6-8 in the first game of the wild-card series against the NC Dinos on April 19. With the loss, Doosan ended the 2023 season in fifth place. The team finished ninth in the 2022 season under the previous manager, so it wasn’t a failure, as new manager Lee Seung-yeop was able to return the team to the postseason.

However, Lee Seung-yeop was unable to make an impact in his first shortened game. He boldly dropped Kim Jae-hwan, who has struggled all season, from the starting lineup and brought him in as a pinch-hitter in the eighth inning with the bases loaded and the score 5-8. But it wasn’t enough to turn the game around.

Starting pitcher Kwak Bin, who had been pitching well, suddenly collapsed in the fourth inning. With the bases loaded and two outs, the pitching coach visited the mound, but Lee did not decide to make a change. Eventually, Kwak Bin made his move after giving up a grand slam to Seo Ho-cheol and a back-to-back solo shot to Kim Hyung-joon. Do Tae-hoon was also removed when he walked.

They tied the game in the top of the fifth, but an error by second baseman Kang Seung-ho and a wild pitch by reliever Lee Young-ha in the bottom of the fifth ended the game. Chung Chul-won, who was brought in with runners on first and second in the seventh inning, also failed. There weren’t many moments in the game where Lee could do anything, but he will be disappointed to end his fall baseball career with just one game.

Since retiring after the 2017 season, Lee hasn’t had any real coaching experience other than as the manager of the Choi Kang Baseball Monsters. He did have some experience as a commentator, but it was a bit of a shaky start, so overall, he didn’t do too badly in terms of managing the season. After all, the team doesn’t have the same power as it did during the dynasty.

Head coach Lee Seung-yeop managed to show some of his colors in his first season. He secretly favored small ball. However, the lack of development of the younger players and the bitter taste of the short game will have to be addressed next year. This was the end of the first season for head coach Lee Seung-yeop.

Coach Lee said, “The year is over. Thanks to our players, we even played fall baseball. I took over last year and prepared since last fall, and my first goal was fall baseball. I set a goal and came here. We succeeded in the first round, but it’s very disappointing that it ended with only one game.”

“We had a lot of fun,” said Lee, “and we won thanks to the players. We played fall baseball, but we did more than 5 percent, so we got a little better, and that gave us the confidence to go higher next year. I played with my players for a year without any major accidents, and I always treated them with a smile. As a coach, I want to have fun playing baseball. Baseball is played by the players. It was hard, but I got along well with the players. I think I’ll work on my deficiencies this fall in the offseason so that next year I’ll be able to let go more than I did this season.” 토토사이트


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