Doosan Bears coach Lee Seung-yeop brought out the best lineup even though 5th place in the season was confirmed.
Coach Lee said ahead of the last game of the season against SSG Landers in the ‘2023 Shinhan Bank SOL KBO League’ held at SSG Landers Field in Incheon on the 17th, “We played the best card we can play right now,” and “All the players who can come out have come out.” informed. In fact, Doosan’s 5th place was confirmed after losing the home game against SSG the previous day.
With two days left before the wild card match and the rankings already decided, was there any desire to give them a break?
Coach Lee said, “Yes,” but added, “But since there is a relationship between SSG and NC whose rankings have not been decided yet, I made a difficult choice to look at the situation of both teams.”
If you finish the regular league in third place, you will advance directly to the semi-playoffs, which will begin on the 22nd. On the other hand, teams that finish in 4th or 5th place in the regular league will play the wild card match starting on the 19th, two days later.
Doosan lost 2 to 3 in the game against SSG held at Jamsil Stadium in Seoul on the 16th, confirming its season ranking of 5th place. However, SSG and NC are competing for third place until the 144th game, the last game of the season.
Considering this situation, Coach Lee came up with the best lineup he could. However, there are also players excluded. Heo Gyeong-min and Jose Rojas. Heo Gyeong-min collapsed in pain after being hit by SSG Heredia’s batted ball in the top of the 7th inning of the game against SSG the previous day with 2 outs and 1st and 2nd bases.
Coach Lee said, “Fortunately, Heo Gyeong-min is training normally now,” and “The day after tomorrow is actually an important game, so I excluded him today to help him control his condition.” He added, “Rojas also has a bad side condition, so he can’t go out today.”
In addition, Yang Eui-ji was also hit by the ball in the top of the third inning when SSG Heredia hit with 2 outs and 1st base in the game. Fortunately, Yang Eui-ji is also said to have not suffered any major injuries. Coach Lee said, “Fortunately, it is not that serious of an injury. He will be the designated hitter today. Yang Eui-ji has devoted himself to the team, so we will try to match him as much as possible.”
Coach Lee, who is approaching the last game of the season, looked back on the past season.
Coach Lee, who felt that “144 games was faster than I thought,” said, “It was difficult. The battle for rankings was more intense until the end than I thought, so the players must have become more tired.”
Coach Lee, who experienced an entire season for the first time, regretted that his batting index was low. Although he made a name for himself as a national hitter during his time as a player, it is unfortunate that the team under his command had a weak batting performance.먹튀검증
Coach Lee once again felt, “Baseball is not easy,” and looked back on the season, saying, “Our team’s batting index was very low this season. As a result, I think we played a lot of difficult games.” He also said, “Even though I was a batsman, I was very poor at batting, so it’s unfortunate that I couldn’t encourage the players in that area.” He also regretted, “I wanted to give young players a chance, but I couldn’t afford it.”
Coach Lee Coach Lee expressed his faith by saying, “If it’s short, it’s just one game. If it’s long, I don’t know how far it will go, but the players have experienced a lot so far. If we work harder and think of it as a big game, our players will do well.”