Doosan Bears manager Lee Seung-yeop emphasized ‘faith’ from the beginning of the season.
Coach Lee received questions about players such as pitcher Hong Kun-hee and outfielder Jose Rojas ahead of the 2023 Shinhan Bank SOL KBO League KIA Tigers match held at Kia Champions Field in Gwangju on the 7th.메이저사이트
Doosan finishing pitcher Hong Kun-hee shook with 2 hits, 2 strikeouts, 1 walk and 1 run in 1 inning against Kiwoom on the 27th of last year, which was the last appearance of the demonstration game.
Hong Kun-hee, who had raised anxiety before and after the opening game, recorded his first save of the season with 1 strikeout and no run in 1 inning against NC on the 4th, clearing up the sluggish performance and blocking 1 inning against NC on the 6th.
When coach Lee said, “Hong Kun-hee has improved,” he laughed and said, “Of course he should improve. Being a finishing pitcher is a position that is under a lot of pressure. If that player collapses, the team collapses, so it’s a very important position. I also feel responsible. I must have felt it,” he understood Hong Kun-hee’s grievance.
“I made a blown save in the first game when it was tight, but he saved the second game, and I think he gained confidence by finishing yesterday without any problems. In the future, I believe in Hong Kun-hee because he is our finisher.
In the game against KIA on the 7th, after two outs, Byun Woo-hyeok went to base with an infield hit, and after stepping on second base by mistake, Hong Kun-hee swayed sharply and conceded a run after being hit by Hwang Dae-in and Lee Chang-jin in a row. I still need to refine the composure needed for the finisher.
Regarding Rojas, who is silent with 1 hit in 17 at-bats after the opening three-run finish, Lee said, “I showed it too intensely at first. This period will not last long because I am a player born with a batting sense. If only one good result comes out at bat, I am not worried because I can rebound.”
Coach Lee has good memories of responding stronger than anyone else to the ‘baseball of faith’ during his active career, especially at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Because of this director, the word ‘believe’ has great power. In particular, finishing pitchers and foreign hitters are positions that the manager must trust to continue. Will director Lee’s trust prevail in the near future?