The newly recruited Lee Seung-ho (47), the pitching coach of the Kiwoom Heroes’ remaining team, started his new team happily thanks to interesting relationships.
Coach Lee Seung-ho recently met with Star News at the national baseball training ground in Goyang, home of the Kiwoom Future Team, and said, “I was offered the first time around December of last year and said I would go straight away. I made a decision right after that,” he said.
In 1999, he was nominated by the LG Twins안전놀이터 as the 7th pick in the 2nd round of the 1st round of the rookie draft, and he retired from the SK Wyverns (now SSG Landers) in 2014. He was a left-handed pitcher with a 4.20 earned run average with 51 wins, 52 losses, 9 holds and 6 saves in 302 career games. After his retirement, he worked as a SK scout for two years from 2015 and started his leadership career as a rookie team rehabilitation coach for two years in the same team from 2017. The Heroes players I saw in the dugout across from those days were still here.
Coach Lee Seung-ho said, “There were Kiwoom players I saw during my scout days, and I could confirm their progress here. However, in judging all players, I plan to start from zero. I’m still in the stage of observing the players.” I will have to accumulate (know-how) as this passes, but I plan to approach it first as a person to person. Moreover, since I am in charge of nurturing and rehabilitation, I will pay more attention to the psychological part of the players.”
It’s Kiwoom, whom I only met as an opposing team during my active career, but somehow it’s not unfamiliar. It is thanks to the coach and the two players who are intertwined in an interesting relationship. The first is Lee Seung-ho (24), a junior with the same name. There have been three Lee Seung-ho in the past KBO league. Coincidentally, all three were lefties, and Lee Seung-ho (42), the current SSG 1st team bullpen coach, also ate rice with SK. The youngest, Lee Seung-ho, debuted in Heroes in 2017 when they retired and had no relationship, but this time they got involved.
However, Lee Seung-ho, the youngest, was already familiar to Coach Lee. Coach Lee said, “(Lee) Seung-ho and I overlap, so there are a lot of behind-the-scenes stories. There was a time when I was invited instead of Seung-ho to the national team group room, and sometimes players text me saying, ‘This is Seung-ho.’ Coach,” he replied, laughing.
The story of the two did not stop here. Coach Lee said, “As soon as I went to the Gocheok Dome, the player I met was Lee Seung-ho,” and burst into laughter. did.
The second relationship is with Lee Kang-joon (22), who was with KT. Coach Lee moved the team to KT in 2019 and worked as a coach until last year, and Lee Kang-joon was nominated by KT with the 22nd overall pick in the 2nd 3rd round of the 2020 rookie draft and formed a priestly relationship. Later, Lee Kang-joon was traded to the Lotte Giants in 2021 and left, but the two met again last month when Han Hyun-hee (30) wore a Kiwoom uniform as a compensation player.
Coach Lee said, “I feel like I’ve won a thousand horses. I’m observing other players, but it’s really nice to be able to talk comfortably with (Lee) Kang-jun.” He is a player with great potential. He will be enlisted in the Sangmu soon, and if he gains enough experience, he can become a player who can represent our country. Until he enlists, he will try to help and talk a lot so that he can do what he wants to do. “he said.
Finally, several times, I wanted to send a word of gratitude to the members of the former team, KT, that I had not been able to convey. Coach Lee said, “I didn’t greet properly after coming out of KT. My time at KT was an opportunity for me to develop together, and I felt proud when I saw the players grow so much. I want to say, I think I still have a lot to learn, so I want to grow with the players in Kiwoom.”