When he became Doosan’s head coach, which fell to ninth place last year, expectations were low, but Lee Seung-yeop’s own way of trusting and waiting for the players slowly began to shine.
Yang Seok-hwan and Kim Jae-hwan, who said they were the “last keys,” also hit home runs side by side, leading to 11 consecutive wins.
[Jung Soo-bin / Doosan Bears outfielder: I think it’s because I have faith that he always uses me as the first batter in good or bad times. [When the coach trusts the player, the player always tries to repay the coach’s trust
[Lee Seung-yeop / Doosan Bears Manager: All players have different tendencies, so there are players who I can’t get close to. [Trying to get as close to the players as possible]
Having no experience as a leader has become an advantage of going his own way.
[Lee Seung-yeop / Doosan Bears Manager: I don’t have any leadership or coaching experience, so I think I just do what I want to do. I’m doing what I want and no one knows if my method is correct or wrong, but I’m just close to our players, thinking that we’re one team rather than a coach and a player
As coach Lee Seung-yeop said, “All I have to do is go up,” Doosan Bears escaped the middle of chaos and took third place.
[Jung Soobin / Doosan Bears outfielder: We always went to the Korean Series thinking we had a year off]
[Lee Seungyeop / Doosan Bears Manager: We’ll focus more and play the game so that you can hear, “Our Doosan Bears have worked hard for a year.”]
It is unknown how far Doosan will go, adding “leadership of faith” to the strong team’s DNA to advance to the Korean Series for seven consecutive years.