“Directly requested by Lee Seung-yeop”
After a difficult season in his first year at the helm, Doosan coach Lee Seung-yeop has turned to his old mentor for an SOS.
The Doosan Bears officially announced the hiring of coaches Park Heung-sik, Cho In-sung, Chae Jung-yeom, and Kim Dong-han last week, effectively completing their coaching staff for the 2024 season.
A year ago this month, Doosan hired Lee Seung-yeop, a special assistant to the KBO commissioner, to lead a team that had slipped to ninth place. The team opted not to re-sign dynasty coach Kim Tae-hyung and handed the reins to Lee, who had no managerial experience, for a three-year contract totaling 1.8 billion won.
One of Doosan’s biggest priorities with Lee’s appointment was the composition of the coaching staff. Although Lee had been out of baseball for five years after retiring from active duty in 2017, he did not have any coaching experience, so the team focused on coaches with extensive field experience.
As a result, a number of experienced coaches joined Doosan, including Kim Han-soo, who served as the head coach of the Samsung Lions, as well as Koji Goto, Yuji Serizawa, Cho Sung-hwan, Park Jung-bae, Jung Soo-sung, and Lee Young-soo. 카지노사이트 Existing coaches Jung Jae-hoon, Kim Joo-chan, and Ko Young-min also decided to stay with the team to help Lee, creating an ultra-luxury coaching corps.
Lee’s division made it to fall baseball in its first year, but was unable to avoid disbanding after the season.
Six coaches left the team, including Kim Joo-chan, first-team assistant hitting coach, Ko Young-min, first-team infield coach, Jeong Soo-sung, first-team operations coach, Jeong Jae-hoon, second-team pitching coach, Kim Woo-seok, second-team offense and defense coach, and Yoo Jae-shin, second-team offense and infield coach. Kim Joo-chan, Ko Young-min, and Yoo Jae-shin joined the Lotte Giants under former Doosan manager Kim Tae-hyung, Jung Jae-hoon joined the KIA Tigers, and Kim Woo-seok joined the Hanwha Eagles. Jeong Soo-sung was not re-signed by the club.
Doosan was one of the first clubs to make changes to its coaching staff upon the opening of the stadium this year, hiring pitching coach Cho Woong-cheon, followed by coaches Park Heung-sik, Cho In-sung, Cho Chung-yeom, and Kim Dong-han to fill the void. They join existing coaches Kim Hansu, Goto, Serizawa, Cho Sung-hwan, Kwon Myung-cheol, and Park Jung-bae to lead Lee’s second season.
The most prominent of these coaches is the octogenarian Park Heung-sik (61). It’s not just because of his age and experience. It’s because he’s the man who developed the nation’s top hitter, Lee Seung-yeop, during his time as Samsung’s coach.
A graduate of Shin Il-Go and Hanyang University, Park made his professional debut in 1985 and retired in 1993. He batted .265 with 12 home runs and 189 RBIs in 660 games.
Park’s career blossomed when he turned to coaching.
He spent nearly 30 years as a hitting coach and secondary manager for Samsung, KIA, Nexen, and Lotte, where he produced numerous star players and was dubbed the KBO’s No. 1 hitting instructor.
Park and Lee became friends when Lee was a home run hitter at Samsung. The coach helped Lee develop into a national hitter from 1996 to 2003, and Lee looked up to him as a “mentor” during his playing days.
The appointment was made at Lee’s request. “During the process of appointing the coaching staff, the head coach directly requested the appointment of Park Heung-sik,” a Doosan official told OSEN over the phone.
Lee, who took the helm of Doosan without any coaching experience, reportedly spent his first year respecting the coaches’ opinions over his own. He often listened to the coaches’ opinions before making a decision.
Next season is expected to see more leadership from Lee, who has a year of experience under his belt, but Lee said at the final camp, “If I lack something, I should be a coach who helps, and if the coaches lack something, I should be a coach who helps.” “I didn’t come (to Doosan) to finish fifth, so I will bring in the necessary coaches to play better baseball and satisfy the fans,” he said.
It will be interesting to see how Park’s transformation from teacher to enabler will affect Doosan. It will be interesting to see if he can guide the team 바카라사이트 추천 to the right path and usher in a second era of success, just as he did for Lee during his playing days.