What do Doosan fans consider more important than grades?
The Doosan Bears finished the season in 5th place. This is the first season of manager Lee Seung-yeop, who went from being a ‘national hitter’ to a ‘beginner manager’. Coach Lee deserved a passing grade in his debut season as a manager, which caught the attention of many people.
The team that ranked 9th last season advanced to fall baseball. Before the season, there were not many estimates that Doosan would advance to the postseason. This is because director Lee has no experience, but his power itself has been evaluated as being significantly inferior compared to the ‘dynasty days’ led by coach Kim Tae-hyung. Recruiting the league’s best catcher, Yang Eui-ji, was a huge plus, but not many believed that Doosan would play fall baseball stably. Having put Doosan on the postseason stage, isn’t this alone a great achievement? There are many teams that have not been able to watch fall baseball for several years.
But something shocking happened. The final home game against SSG Landers held at Jamsil Stadium on the 17th. Doosan lost 2-3 in a critical game where third place was at stake. 5th place was confirmed. And the postseason launch ceremony followed. When Director Lee appeared on the electronic screen, there were boos. A Doosan official who watched this said, “I was greatly shocked by this completely unexpected event.”
It is no exaggeration to say that Coach Lee was the best hitter in Korean baseball history and was a national star. He was good at baseball and had a great personality. He probably didn’t even remember being booed during his time as a player. He was a player loved even by fans of other teams. It’s hard to believe that such a star coach brought the team to the fall baseball season and was booed by the home fans. Of course, among the majority of cheering fans, some fans were complaining, but it was not something that could be just ignored.
The higher the expectations, the greater the disappointment. In the end, since Coach Lee was always at the top as the ‘national hitter’, fans would have wanted him to be at his best as well. Could it be because of the disappointment of finishing 5th last when he could have finished 3rd? That may be so. However, it is necessary to consider that the cause is not simply due to grades.
What fans felt from the appointment of coach Lee was ‘freshness.’ After his retirement, he did not prepare to coach, but there was an expectation that he would rather not play stereotypical baseball. In fact, at the beginning of the season, it seemed like they were creating a healthy competitive system by using a lot of young players.
However, professional coaches have no choice but to become small in the face of the fate of grades. The same goes for Director Lee. Things were rosy when he went on an 11-game winning streak in July. However, after that, they failed to make a mark and fell to mid-tier. In the end, the frequency of hiring of existing veterans increased, and the focus was on ‘small ball’ to score points consistently.토토사이트 Although he shouted ‘small ball’ as his first slogan, if the manager was Lee Seung-yeop, wouldn’t fans have expected refreshing offensive baseball, recalling his active days? And the ‘small ball’ also shines in a solid game plan, but rather than a strategy that brings the flow of the game, it provides an excuse for fans’ dissatisfaction to pile up as choices that can be seen as passive pile up.
In addition, there were mistakes in bullpen management during the battle for rankings at the end of the season. As players continued to throw, their stamina deteriorated, and eventually, the number of upsets in the second half of the game increased. One baseball player diagnosed, “If it weren’t for the ‘big hit’ recruiting of Brandon, Doosan’s situation could have become more difficult.” Brandon came in as a substitute in June and left an overwhelming record of 11 wins and 3 losses.
Rather than saying that Doosan did well, if SSG Landers and NC Dinos suddenly collapsed in the mid-to-late season and became the beneficiaries of the battle for rankings, die-hard fans may have been less satisfied with this regular season. Recently, baseball fans boast greater insight than experts. It was confirmed through this booing incident that people do not like people simply because they went to fall baseball. This is an important issue for Coach Lee to think about as he prepares for his first postseason and next season. His grades are important, but as a manager, he must have his own distinct color.