“I will do my best to regain the image of a strong team that I showed in the past”.
On the afternoon of the 25th, Samsung Lions head coach Lee Byeong-gyu (49) visited the Daegu Samsung Lions Park. He had been unable to meet with the team because he was busy managing the season while serving as the coach of Geelong Korea, an Australian professional baseball team.
Head coach Lee Byung-gyu took over as Geelong Korea manager this season and recorded the club’s best ever record with 13 wins and 27 losses.
Head coach Lee Byeong-gyu, who met with the reporter, said, “I have never won a championship since my professional debut, but Samsung is a strong team that has won the top eight times (including a combined championship in 1985). It is an honor to come to a prestigious club. I will do my best to regain the aspect of a strong team that I showed in the past.”
Head coach Lee Byeong-kyu’s uniform number is 79. He said, “I heard that this is the uniform number that coach Park Jin-man used during his coaching days. He found out after he finalized (his uniform number),” he said.
As a leader, we asked for the most important keyword. He said, “It is always basic to emphasize. It’s important to be basic. If you do the basics and hard work, it will bear fruit.”
He didn’t forget to greet the fans. Head coach Lee Byeong-gyu said, “I haven’t met Samsung fans yet, but the passionate cheering was impressive. If you cheer a lot, our players will do well.”
Also, “I couldn’t say hello to LG fans, but what I felt while working for 23 years is that LG fans are the best. 메이저놀이터 I was really happy to receive the greatest love as a player and coach, and I am so grateful. If we meet again at the baseball field, we will be on the other side, but please support us a lot. Thank you very much. I would like to say thank you very much to everyone in the club,” he concluded the interview.
Meanwhile, head coach Lee Byeong-gyu, who joined LG in 1997 after graduating from Jangchung High School and Dankook University, participated in 1,741 first-team games and recorded a batting average of 301.1 (2043 hits in 6571 at-bats), 161 homers, 972 RBIs, 992 runs scored and 147 stolen bases. He earned a reputation as one of the league’s leading hitters.
From the first year of his debut in 1997, he participated in all games and won both the Rookie of the Year Award and the Golden Glove, and started his steps as a legend. Due to his natural batting talent, he was called ‘the master of batting’, such as ranking first in the most hits in the league for three consecutive years from 1999 to 2001.
In particular, in 1999, he made a strong impression on the fans by achieving 30 home runs and 30 stolen bases among players using Jamsil, which boasts the largest scale among domestic stadiums, as his home stadium. He also won the 2013 Oldest Cycling Heat and Oldest Batting Average of All Time awards.
In addition, he showed off his extraordinary presence at the plate by achieving 10 consecutive hits, the most in the league. He won a whopping 7 Golden Gloves and played an active part as the best outfielder in the league.
After retiring from active duty, he worked as a commentator, broadened his view of baseball, and worked as a coach for the first team and Future Steam.