Doosan Bears head coach Lee Seung-yeop has made a big mark in his first year at the helm.
Doosan won 8-5 at home against the Lotte Giants in the 2023 Shinhan Bank SOL KBO League on July 25 at Jamsil Stadium in Seoul.
With the win, Doosan extended its winning streak to 11 games in July, setting a new franchise record for the longest winning streak.
Along with the team, head coach Lee Seung-yup also reached a milestone, becoming the longest winning streak by a Korean manager in history.
He surpassed Chun Bo-sung of the LG Twins in 1997, Lee Hee-soo of the Hanwha Eagles in 1999, and Lee Kwang-eun of the LG in 2000, who all won 10 straight games in their first year as managers.
After the game, Doosan presented Lee with a bouquet of flowers and the players celebrated the milestone by spraying him with water as he posed for a commemorative photo.
“I didn’t think much about it when I was playing or when it was over, but when I saw the Bears’ first 11-game winning streak on the scoreboard, I realized it was real. I felt good when I went to high-five the players.”
Lee, who vowed at his inauguration to “change the label of ‘rookie manager’ to ‘prepared manager,'” made his promise a reality by rewriting the KBO managerial history just three months into the season.
However, Lee said, “I think all evaluations should be done at the end of the season. We still have more than 60 games left and we don’t know what will happen. I still have a long way to go. Please evaluate me after the season. For now, I’d like it to be a mid-season evaluation,” he laughed.
The achievement is even more meaningful because he overcame numerous crises after taking over, including doubts about himself, a series of injuries, and poor performances from key batsmen.
“Many experts didn’t pick us as a top-five team before the start of the season, so I was able to approach the season more comfortably,” Lee 카지노 said. “On the contrary, I was always thinking that I had to prove them wrong. I think it’s because of that that we’re here and we’re always thinking that we have to prove them wrong.”
Setting records, but looking higher. Coach Lee Seung-yup said, “We still have a lot to work on. I’m getting better and better. We had a lot of difficulties before the start of the tournament, but we stabilized and got to this point.” “I think we have enough room to get stronger if we maintain our strength and power. We are always trying to win,” he emphasized.
Doosan and coach Lee Seung-yup’s record-breaking streak is still ongoing. A win against Lotte on Saturday will extend the team’s winning streak and make Lee the longest-serving coach in his first year at the helm.
When asked by the media how many consecutive wins he would like to achieve, Lee smiled broadly and said, “I want to win tomorrow’s game.”