The training of the beast failed.”
The LG Twins are on the verge of winning the regular season this year. In the first year that coach Yeom Kyung-yeop took the helm, LG continued to perform well and took the sole lead, and unless there is a major upset, it is expected that it will stand at the top for the first time in 29 years. However, this is a disappointing season for Coach Yeom, who tried to catch two birds with one stone: grades and training.안전놀이터
Coach Yeom looked back on this season at a meeting with reporters ahead of the 2023 Shinhan Bank SOL KBO League game against the Doosan Bears held at Jamsil Stadium on the 1st. He said, “Our team was very dependent on the nine starting players. Although they had minor injuries, they were able to endure because there were no major injuries. At the same time, we were able to lead the season stably.”
To strengthen the player base, young players should have grown further. The depth could not be increased due to the performances of Lee Jae-won, Song Chan-eui, and Son Ho-young being below expectations. Coach Yeom made a cold diagnosis, saying, “People from the outside say LG’s player base is thick. However, the depth is not that good as they have not been able to develop players such as Lee Jae-won, Song Chan-eui, and Son Ho-young.”
Director Yeom had high expectations for Lee Jae-won, Song Chan-eui, and Son Ho-young. Since spring training in Arizona, USA, his head coach has looked closely at young players and tried to guide their growth. Lee Jae-won believed that he would serve as a pillar of the batting lineup, and predicted that Song Chan-ui could grow like Kim Ha-seong. Son Ho-young was selected as a resource to support starting shortstop Oh Ji-hwan. However, none of them clearly showed their presence in the first team.
Coach Yeom said, “I think it was a failed season in terms of developing fielders. I wanted to develop Lee Jae-won, Song Chan-eui, and Son Ho-young earlier. They did not grow as I expected. There were injuries at the beginning of the season. So it is true that it was difficult to run the season. Rest. “I had no choice but to give it during the game,” he said, adding, “I am grateful to the training department that took good care of the players’ condition.”
On the contrary, training for pitchers is successful. Depth was strengthened thanks to Park Myung-geun, Ham Deok-ju, Baek Seung-hyun, and Yoo Young-chan performing beyond expectations. Coach Yeom expressed his satisfaction, saying, “Still, I’m glad we were able to develop pitchers well. Thanks to them, we were able to come this far.”
Rookie Park Myung-geun perfectly filled the void created when Jung Woo-young fell into a slump, and although Ham Deok-ju was also out due to injury, he played an active part as a key member of the bullpen throughout the season. Baek Seung-hyun and Yoo Young-chan also energized the team with intermediate relief pitches.
LG, which has virtually confirmed first place, is also considering the postseason. The best scenario is to finish the season with performance maximised. Coach Yeom said, “There are times when the pace goes up and then down. Right now, it’s off. But I don’t think the flow itself is bad. We have to pick it up again starting next week to be able to achieve good results in the postseason as well,” urging the players to work hard. did.