I was cleared of the accusation of abuse… “I lost 8kg, everyone said my face got better”
- on Jun 04, 2023
Lee Young-ha (26, Doosan), who exuded a friendly image with his virtuous appearance last season, returned to the ground with a slimmer appearance. In the meantime, it seems that he suffered a lot of heartache along with an unfair false name. 메이저놀이터
Doosan coach Lee Seung-yeop registered right-hander Lee Young-ha, who was cleared of abuse charges, as a first-team entry ahead of the season 8 game against KT held at Suwon KT Wiz Park on the 3rd.
Lee Young-ha, who was indicted without detention on charges of school violence last summer, was acquitted on May 31 due to insufficient evidence after a long 9-month court battle. Lee Young-ha went straight to Jamsil Stadium and completed an annual salary contract for the 2023 season at 160 million won, a reduction of 40 million won from last year, and was called up to the first team immediately after playing one game in the Futures League. As setup man Jeong Cheol-won was canceled due to the WBC drinking scandal, the registration period was delayed.
Standing in front of reporters for the first time in a sweat suit rather than a suit, Lee Young-ha said, “I think I need to adjust to the jet lag first. I was playing in the Futures League for the first time in a while and woke up in the morning. All my colleagues welcomed me and we joked around a lot. (Park) Chiguk liked it the most. Also, there are many fans in Team 1, so I think it’s better,” he said with a bright smile.
Her face had become thin from the hardships she had suffered. The atmosphere was completely different from last year when it was a generous image. Lee Young-ha said, “I lost weight. I was originally going to lose weight, but I just had a hard time, so I lost a lot more than I thought.” Thanks to that, my body got better. Everyone said my face got better. It couldn’t have gotten any better. He has prepared well, so now I think he just needs to get good grades at the baseball field.”
Lee Young-ha, who once made a name for himself as an ace with 17 wins in the starting lineup, is assigned to the bullpen. Director Lee Seung-yeop said, “I will appoint him as the middle first because I don’t have enough time to prepare.” Regarding this, Lee Young-ha said, “I gave up my greed this year. Being selected is greedy and I want to throw a lot with the bullpen. I want to win more. Earlier in the morning, the coach asked about my position, but I’m still not sure. The goal is to do well right away and win.”
He did not forget to greet the Doosan fans who have been waiting for his comeback. Lee Young-ha said, “I believe that if I throw well again, the fans will like it. Because he got caught up in bad gossip anyway, he felt and learned a lot during that time. It was a good time. I think if I do well with this opportunity, the fans will like it more.”
Lee Young-ha made a successful comeback amid warm hospitality from Doosan away fans. On August 13 last year, she stepped on the mound for the 1st team after 294 days since the match against SSG in Jamsil, recording 1 hit and no runs in 1 inning. She finished adapting to the mound for the first team by using two pitches, a fastball with a maximum speed of 149 km and a slider.