“Overworked? Look at how many pitchers are used in the Korean series.” Manager Lee Kang-cheol’s intentional remarks

 “Please see how many pitchers are used in the Korean series and tell me.”

The Korean baseball team, led by coach Lee Kang-cheol, returned home through Incheon International Airport on the 14th. The national team aimed to advance to the semifinals, but lost in a row to Australia and Japan in Group B in the first round. After catching the Czech Republic and China, they finished the first round with 2 wins, 2 losses, and 3rd place, and failed to advance to the second round. Following the 2013 and 2017 tournaments, he was eliminated in the first round three times in a row.안전놀이터

Coach Lee Kang-cheol’s rigid management of the game was on the chopping block. Regarding the timing of fielder and pitcher replacement and technique, some voices were disappointing. In addition, some pitchers were not in good condition, and certain pitchers (Won Tae-in, Jeong Cheol-won, and Kim Won-joong) appeared in 3 out of 4 games, causing controversy over overuse.

In fact, it was true that Won Tae-in, Jeong Cheol-won, and Kim Won-joong were a bit unreasonable. However, looking at the innings and pitches, it is absurd to see it as overuse. However, in the case of starting pitcher Won Tae-in, there was an unreasonable part as he was actually appointed as a bullpen pitcher. Including pitching in the official practice game right before the tournament, he threw 108 balls in 4 games in 7 days.

Director Lee opened his mouth about the overuse controversy and made a statement. He said, “Look at how many pitchers are used in the Korean Series and tell me.” Then he left the arrivals hall with the words “I’m sorry”. It was a short sentence, but it was heavy.

In the case of the actual Korean series, a few pitchers who throw well are intensively employed. Director Lee mentioned this in an indirect way, revealing an uncomfortable feeling. Director Lee’s explanation also had some truth. Coach Lee said, “I hope you criticize me and encourage the players.”