2024 be really different

Lee Seung-yeop, 48, of the Doosan Bears, said, “Coach sent his team to the fall baseball league in his debut season as the team’s head coach last year. Nonetheless, fans showed quite a few disappointed responses. He was even booed at the final game of his home game, which was unusual.

Manager Lee Seung-yeop said, “You can expect a higher ranking this season.” His goal is to play baseball better than last year.

It seems that it was not an unnecessary boasting. Doosan has secured the lone top spot by winning all eight games at the exhibition game of Shinhan Bank’s SOL Bank KBO in 2024.

Of course, everyone knows that the exhibition game rankings do not have much correlation with regular league performance. Last year, the first-ranked Hanwha Eagles and the second-ranked Samsung Lions ranked ninth and eighth in the regular season, respectively.

However, attention is focusing more on the content. Doosan ranked third with an ERA of 3.92 last year. Expectations are now high as it has secured Hong Geon-hee, an internal free agent, without any losses and has secured Kim Taek-yeon, the second overall rookie

Doosan’s mound at the exhibition game ranks first in all four categories with eight wins and five saves with 15 hold ERA. It is regrettable that Brandon Waddell had the last chance to pitch the ball due to discomfort in his back, but there was no major problem.

Park Shin-ji, who started in place of Brandon on the 18th against Raul Alcantara, Brandon, Kwakbin, Kim Dong-ju and Choi Won-jun, pitched three scoreless innings, and the bullpen also became more solid with special rookie Kim Taek-yeon, who did not give up a single point from practice games.

The batting lineup, which suffered severe slump last year, is also expected to rebound. With the batting average of 0.255, the lineup created a sense of frustration that is not comparable to that of Doosan. Fourth batter Kim Jae-hwan (batting average of 0.220 to 10 home runs) had a career-low, and Heo Kyung-min (batting average of 0.268) also had a difficult season.

At the exhibition game, Kim has displayed strong batting performance with his team’s batting average of 0.279. Having shown severe performance last year, Kim volunteered to take finishing training and showed his utmost efforts by paying his own expense to Kang Jung-ho School in the U.S. At the exhibition game, he is expected to display a different batting performance with his batting average of 0.412, one homer, and six RBIs in eight games.

Kang Seung-ho (0.381) and Park Joon-young (0.333), who have sweated all winter amid fierce infield competition, are also predicting a rebound, and new foreign hitter Henry Ramos (0.318) is also performing as expected.

The shortstop issue, which was one of Doosan’s biggest concerns, also seems to be naturally seeking answers. Manager Lee said, “It is ideal for Park Joon-young to be established as a shortstop,” which clearly showed this possibility in the exhibition game.

Yang Eui-ji, the core of the batting line, also made manager Lee smile by sharply raising his batting sense at the end of the exhibition game by hitting multiple home runs in the fourth and sixth innings against Hanwha on the 18th.

Moreover, Kwak and Kim Taek-yeon were selected as Team Korea in a special match held ahead of the Seoul Series of Major League Baseball, and showed how well they prepared for this season. Kwak started the game against the LA Dodgers on Wednesday and allowed one hit, two strikeouts and one run in two innings. As if nervous in the first inning, Kwak gave up a walk to Mookie Betts and Will Smith, and was given a heavy hit by Max Muncy, but gave up Teoscar Hernandez with a swing and a strikeout in the second inning.

Kim took the mound in the bottom of the sixth inning after his team lost 2-4, and struck out Hernandez and James Outman in succession. Dodgers manager Dave Roberts even said, “You did a great job with your arms. The Outman also pitched pretty well.”

More than anything else, he is preparing for the opening game without any major injuries. Attention is drawn to the outcome as well. Based on the perfect balance between pitchers and batters, Doosan will aim to win the first exhibition game for the first time in history. If it wins the match against the Hanwha Eagles, which will take place from 1 p.m. on Saturday, it will become the first player to win all nine games. 스포츠토토

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