Doosan coach Lee Seung-yeop, who met Samsung for the first time… I was deliberately avoiding the outfield.
The professional baseball demonstration game between Doosan Bears and Samsung Lions held at Jamsil Stadium in Seoul on the 25th is the stage where Doosan coach Lee Seung-yeop faces Samsung, his former team, as an enemy for the first time.
Coach Lee, who still has a mural on the right side of the Daegu Samsung Lions Park outfield, did not place much importance on dealing with Samsung.
Coach Lee said, “I’m not very excited. (Samsung) is one of the opposing teams.”
On this day, coach Lee watched Doosan players training from the right side of the outfield, as far away as possible from the third base where the Samsung dugout was
Coach Lee said, “(Samsung players came to say hello) I deliberately avoided it.”
Thinking of his situation, where the image of ‘Samsung’s legend’ was deeply imprinted, he recalled the proverb, ‘Under a plum tree, even a hat strap is not fixed’.
Coach Lee, who started his coaching career at Doosan, is busy preparing for the start of the regular season, which is just a week away.
He said, “Except for one or two spots, including the shortstop, the starting lineup has been almost decided,” and “(27-28) I think the two consecutive matches with Kiwoom Heroes will be the best.”
On the 24th, against Hanwha Eagles in Daejeon, ‘Lee Seung-yeop’, who hit the first home run in an exhibition match, praised Kim Jae-hwan안전놀이터, the first 4 hitter.
Kim Jae-hwan has a batting average of 0.450 (9 hits in 20 at-bats) in demonstration games and has a good sense of hitting, with only two strikeouts.
He has not struck out at all in his last six games.
Coach Lee said, “The quality of batting balls has improved greatly. Line drive balls come out evenly on the left and right sides.”
However, the pitchers who walked 9 excessively in the match against Hanwha gave a harsh blow.
Starting pitcher Kwak Bin followed Choi Seung-yong, who gave up 5 pitches and allowed 3 runs in 3⅓ innings. Doosan bullpen pitchers struggled to control their pitches.
Director Lee emphasized in a strong tone, “Of course, you have to reflect. Of course, this should never happen once the season starts. It’s better to just get a hit than a walk when you think about the team atmosphere and defense.