Doosan Bears manager Lee Seung-yeop is on fire ahead of the season.
On the 30th, the ‘2023 Shinhan Bank Sol KBO’ Media Day was held at Grand Hyatt Seoul, Yongsan-gu, Seoul. Managers and representative players from 10 clubs attended and expressed their determination to start the season.
Director Lee Seung-yeop dressed neatly in a suit and attended with Eui-ji Yang and Kyung-min Heo. It was nice to see him, who was Korea’s representative hitter as a player, appear on Media Day as a manager, but there was an unfamiliar feeling. 메이저놀이터
After retiring from active duty in 2017, he worked as a commentator and watched baseball ‘outside’ rather than ‘inside’. He was also distant from the field, serving as a public relations ambassador for the Korea Baseball Organization (KBO) and chairman of the scholarship foundation. He returned to the field as a manager five years after his retirement.
Doosan’s performance before Lee Seung-yeop took the command tower was disastrous. The status of being in the Korean Series for 7 consecutive years from 2014 to 2021 disappeared and fell to 9th place last year.
Director Lee Seung-yeop promised a ‘changed Doosan’. After saying, “Please believe in our players,” he threw a ballot vigorously, saying, “I will play a baseball that I have prepared hard and impress, a baseball that never gives up, and a baseball that keeps the basics.”
However, with the season ahead, the evaluation toward Doosan is not very good. In the demonstration game, they tied for 6th place with 5 wins, 2 draws and 6 losses. Above all, on this day, the coaches of 10 clubs picked ‘two teams expected to advance to fall baseball’, and Doosan received ‘0 votes’.
In response, director Lee Seung-yeop responded, “Thank you for the calm evaluation,” drawing laughter. However, he showed a strong will to overturn the plate.
Coach Lee Seung-yeop emphasized, “In the professional world, there is only victory. We will not disappoint the fans who expect good performances.” At the same time, he said with strength, “I’m determined to be spleen now, but I’ll be able to smile of relief when the season is over.” Applause poured in.
Director Lee Seung-yeop’s treasured entry made Doosan fans more excited. He used to roar like a lion when he hit an important home run in his playing days. After changing into a Doosan uniform and becoming the manager, he raises expectations that he will lead the revival of the Doosan dynasty by bursting into the lion’s roar again.