Director Kim Seong-geun’s point of view: “It’s different from the Lotte I saw in the spring. We are a team”￼
- on May 15, 2023
Former coach Kim Seong-geun is one step away from professional baseball, but he is actively meeting baseball fans as the manager of the baseball reality show, Strongest Baseball. For coach Kim, baseball is still his daily life. He plays as the strongest baseball manager and guides his players by maximizing their practice time. Turn on the TV during professional baseball season. He watches many games.
Coach Kim’s way of watching baseball is a little different. In addition to the basics of throwing and hitting the ball, he pays attention to the players’ gestures, facial expressions, and movement in the dugout. Through each of these scenes, we look into the ‘hidden strength of the team’.
Coach Kim recently diagnosed and regretted that the league’s representative batters, such as Lee Jeong-hoo (Kiwoom) and Park Byung-ho (KT), have not yet performed to their full potential due to problems with batting form and injuries, but among the team, he is watching Lotte’s progress with interest.
While talking about professional baseball in general over the phone on the 14th, coach Kim said, “I saw a lot of bad things in March and April, but it is getting better and better.” “If you watch the game, the team is united. Seeing that the team is improving, it seems that the children (players) are coming together.”
Coach Kim recalled the teams he coached in the past and said, “There was a season in which the atmosphere improved and improved as the game played throughout the season. Lotte used to be good and bad, but now it’s the opposite. I think I prepared well,” he said.
For coach Kim, the image of Lotte baseball in the past may be a little different from now. Lotte was an opponent that manager Kim Seong-geun easily built a multiplier when he was an active professional baseball command tower. For example, from 2007 to July 2011, when he was the SK command tower, he recorded a win rate of 0.623 (59 wins, 27 losses) against Lotte. Considering that Lotte’s performance was quite good at the time in the era of Royster and manager Yang Seung-ho, it was a match-up in which the relativity was evident.
As much as coach Kim is curious, Lotte actually had changes in the process of preparing for the season and games. The training that had been largely left to the realm of autonomy was brought into the team’s system. One of them was that pitching coach Bae Young-soo had intensive training in the final training session last fall. After the start of the season, training coach Kim Hyun-wook creates a detailed program for the players to digest before the game, paying attention to the players’ physical strength and performance. For example, coaches in the team, including coaches Bae Young-soo and Kim Hyun-wook, who had a lot of training in the past, are moving with confidence by combining their own experiences and the latest training methods rather than following the current league trend. In the meantime, it is interpreted as the background of the change in the flow of Lotte, which was usually good in April and bad from May.
The change in pitching power,메이저사이트 which is the driving force of the entire season, is also something that catches the eye of coach Kim. Manager Kim said, “There were pitchers who wondered what to do while watching the pitching in the spring, but I can see that the pitchers are also stabilizing. I heard that other teams do shadow pitching, which is not common these days. I don’t think I’m doing well,” he said.
Last year, Lotte finished April well with an odds ratio of 0.609 (14 wins, 1 draw, 9 losses), and collapsed in May with an odds ratio of 0.346 (9 wins, 17 losses). This year, Lotte has a win rate of 0.633 (19 wins and 11 losses), and even in May, it is maintaining a steady pace with 5 wins and 3 losses.