A baseball coach is a tough job. Set the direction of baseball and make a training plan. You have to set the competition flair and read the exact flow during the competition and make various choices. Therefore, it is a position that has a decisive influence on the game. The management of players, that is, motivation and communication, is also important, and risk management is also needed to prepare for any risks that come at any time. We should also look at the hearts of our fans. They also have unlimited responsibility for their grades.
Doosan Bears coach Lee Seung-yeop immediately took the helm without coaching experience. It was a rare case. National treasure pitcher Sun Dong-yeol also became the head coach after serving as Samsung’s senior coach. After retirement, he spent five years as a broadcast commentator without a leadership career. After last year’s season, he was suddenly appointed as Doosan’s head coach, not his former Samsung. Therefore, there was also a concern about whether he could do well without leadership experience.
In April, he had 12 wins, 11 losses, 1 draw, and a 50% winning rate. May had 11 wins and 11 losses with a winning rate of 50 percentage points. He was neither good nor bad in the middle, but he was easy as a novice coach. Then, he took a step back with 10 wins and 14 losses in June. The starting lineup was shaken and even the batters fell into a slump. Foreign starters and batters didn’t do their part. The surplus, which had been struggling to maintain, also turned into a deficit. It fell to sixth place in the team standings. It was a crisis. There must have been a lot of mistakes and hesitation as a coach.
However, in July, it has been racing with a storm of 10 wins in all 10. He set a tie for the most consecutive wins in the team’s history, and beat Kim Young-deok and Kim Sung-geun to win the most consecutive wins in the team’s history. The winning and losing surplus increased to seven, and the team’s ranking jumped to third place. Starting pitcher, bullpen, defense, mobility, and concentration of batters have returned to the former strong team Doosan. Mercenary tactics, such as changing pitches one beat faster, have also become bold.
Coach Lee said, “Am I lacking a lot when the team is bad in the beginning? Is it too much to take on the team? I’ve done a lot of home. If the flow changes due to the bench’s mistake and the result is bad, the bench’s responsibility or. I thought I wasn’t good enough. I thought I should fill it up while playing the game. The player plays on the field and I’m filling the gap with a lot of thoughts. “I study a lot, too,” he said with a smile.
Playing as a coach was definitely different. “It’s completely different from what you see from the outside. Of course I can see it well from the outside. The flow and movement were well seen. As I played with the players at the same height in a uniform, I felt my view narrowed. I explained and played Japanese baseball for 5 years, and I did good things and failed. I think that’s helpful,” he said.
The most difficult part was bringing the members together. “People to people meet. There is no 100 per cent. We always try to work together, work together, and work together, but there are 28 players. It’s hard to bring 11 coaches together. We have no choice but to try to communicate with each other. I’m trying to understand the player’s mind rather than the beginning of the season. I want to know what thoughts and concerns you have. “I think it’s getting better little by little,” he explained.
He also defined the true share of the coach. “I’ve seen a lot of leaders in eight years in Japan and 15 years in Korea. I also had a dream of becoming a leader. I thought a lot of things like, “I really need to learn this,” “The players will be hurt if I do this,” and “The players will be happy if I do this part.” The coach in charge teaches baseball. The manager must create an atmosphere so that players can enjoy playing with all their might on the field. That’s what I’m going to do,” he stressed. The beginner coach’s self-reflection and study showed 10 consecutive wins.