Like a superstar, director Lee Seung-yeop has no hesitation. He talks coolly, but keeps the line firmly.
It is the wisdom given by the years of living as a ‘national hitter’. A bronze medal at the 2000 Sydney Olympics, a semifinalist at the 2006 WBC (World Baseball Classic), and a gold medal at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
The Korean baseball team suffered another round of elimination at the 2023 WBC. It is the third consecutive setback after 2013 and 2017.
Coach Lee Seung-yeop, who met at the site of the demonstration game, cut off the ‘Tokyo disaster’ and said, “It is questionable whether the players are 100% at fault. All baseball players lose.”안전놀이터
Coach Lee Seung-yeop, who met at the site of the demonstration game, cut off the ‘Tokyo disaster’ and said, “It is questionable whether the players are 100% at fault. All baseball players lose.”
It’s not just about covering the players who showed a sluggish appearance in this WBC. He emphasized, “I am upset and miserable. I lost because my skills are not good.” Players who failed to improve their condition in time for the tournament, and coaches who failed to manage the match appropriately for the opponent, cannot avoid making mistakes. Even among baseball seniors, there are many people who criticize the team.
It contains the belief that we should face the reality of Korean baseball rather than holding specific players or coaches accountable. The explanation is that now is the time to talk about ‘improvement’ and ‘next’. Head coach Lee Seung-yeop raised his voice, saying, “Now the players do not have to carry that heavy burden. Changes must be made due to continuous failures. Next time, we will not make such a mistake.”
“Even if they drop out, the seniors should encourage them. No matter what kind of criticism they receive, the seniors should help the juniors do their best. They should work harder, study, and change their methods so they don’t fail in the next competition.”
Regarding Kwak Bin and Jeong Cheol-won, coach Lee Seung-yeop said, “If you are selected as a national representative, you are not our player, but a national representative. I will give you a break. In the regular season, you must be able to play 100% without injury, both physically and mentally.”
As the elimination is confirmed, the entire baseball world is already shaking up and down. There are many stories about who was more at fault. The next competition is not far away. Right now, this year’s Hangzhou Asian Games are waiting. Can Korean baseball be different?