• January 22, 2023

Lee Seung-yeop and the Samsung Dynasty, a fateful reunion after 6 years… Seven-month ‘war without gunshots’

It is a fateful reunion. The eldest brother and juniors of the Samsung Dynasty meet as enemies.

From 2011 to 2015, Samsung won 5 consecutive victories in the pennant race, and from 2011 to 2014, won 4 consecutive victories in the combined pennant race and the Korean Series. Except for the heyday of Haitai from the 1980s to the 1990s, no team has kept the top for this long.

Industry insiders still recall that Samsung members at that time were at the level of the national team. And they all say that Lee Seung-yeop was the player who reached the peak of national team power. Doosan coach Lee Seung-yeop ended his 8-year career in Nippon Professional Baseball with the Orix Buffaloes in 2011 and returned to his parent Samsung.

It was a perfect card for Samsung, which needed a new engine after winning the championship in 2011. The summit is harder to hold than to climb. Coach Lee Seung-yeop created synergy by adding steel frames to the solid fence already built by Samsung. Although he was sluggish in the 2013 season, he was very active in the 2012 season, 2014 season, and 2015 season, playing the role of a ‘pillar of the dynasty’. Coach Lee’s role was crucial to Samsung’s 4th consecutive victory.

The Samsung dynasty collapsed starting with the away gambling scandal that struck at the end of the 2015 season. After that, he left one or two teams due to free agency, trade, aging or retirement. Coach Lee Seung-yeop also retired at the end of the 2017 season and left the baseball world.

Director Lee returned to the field after 6 years. He returned to Doosan, which he had no ties to, not to Samsung, and even as a manager, not a coach. He took the baton of Doosan, which needed rebuilding, and opened the second act of his baseball career. Doosan immediately prioritizes rebuilding rather than performance. However, no team can rule out grades. As the leadership recruited Yang Eui-ji at a cost of 15.2 billion won in 4+2 years, Doosan should also run with at least the top five. Taking as many as 46 players to Australia’s spring camp, he plans for the present and future at the same time.

As this happens, coach Lee and the scattered members of the Samsung Dynasty are expected to wage a bloody war throughout the season. Based on the 2015 Korean Series entry, outfielder Ja-wook Koo and pitcher Jeong-hyeon Baek are the only remaining players in Samsung. Based on the 2014 Korean Series entry, outfielder Kim Heon-gon is added. Among the main members who won three consecutive championships until 2013, there is Oh Seung-hwan, the closer.

▲Samsung 2015 Korean Series entry
pitchers (12): Alfredo Figaro, Tyler Cloyd, Jang Won-sam, Cha Woo-chan, Shim Chang-min, Jung In-wook, Kwon Oh-joon, Shin Yong-un, Park Geun-hong, Kim Ki-tae, Cho Hyun-geun, Baek Jeong-hyeon
Catchers (2): Lee Ji-young, Lee Heung-ryeon
Infielder (8): Lee Seung-yeop, Chae Tae-in, Yamaiko Navarro, Koo Ja-wook, Park Seok-min, Kim Sang-soo, Kim Jae-hyun, Baek Sang-
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Based on the 2015 Korean Series entries, active players are Cha Woo-chan (Lotte), Shim Chang-min, Park Seok-min (NC), Lee Ji-young (Kiwoom), Lee Heung-ryun, Kim Jae-hyeon (SSG), Koo Ja-wook (Samsung), Kim Sang-soo (KT), They are Hyungwoo Choi (KIA) and Haemin Park (LG). Park Han-yi, Bae Young-seop, and Park Chan-do belong to the Samsung coaching staff led by Park Jin-man.

Coach Lee Seung-yeop’s Doosan starts this season with two home games against Lotte. Although Cha Woo-chan is not a key member of Lotte this season, he can target Lee directly. Park Seok-min, Lee Ji-young, Koo Ja-wook, Kim Sang-soo, Choi Hyung-woo, and Park Hae-min are expected to play an active role as the main players for their respective teams this season. In particular, Park Seok-min is aiming for a revival after overcoming various bad news over the past 1-2 years, and Choi Hyung-woo is aiming for Lee’s career double and career RBI. Kim Sang-soo has a firm sense of purpose to do well as he moves to a new team and takes on a new challenge.

As coach Lee, it is his destiny to save Doosan only when he resists and defeats the challenges of Samsung Dynasty juniors throughout the season. The juniors of the Samsung Dynasty must overcome Lee’s Doosan to save their teams and live themselves. An interesting confrontation between the pillars of the Samsung Dynasty and the juniors, who will meet as enemies in the senior and junior positions, will soon begin. It is a seven-month war without gunshots.

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