Seong-hwan Cho (47), Doosan Bears first-team defensive coach, has been conducting intensive training to improve the team’s defense at the team’s spring camp in Blacktown, Sydney, Australia since the 1st.
In the 2018 season, when Coach Cho took his first step as a leader, Doosan had a ‘golden inning’. First baseman Oh Jae-il (37, current Samsung), second baseman Oh Jae-won (39, retired), third baseman Heo Gyeong-min (33), and shortstop Kim Jae-ho (38) were the strongest in the 10 clubs without a doubt.
In a crisis situation, Doosan’s sticky basebal메이저놀이터l, which minimizes runs through solid defense or brings the flow after overcoming the hurdle, has been a great foundation for advancing to the Korean Series for 7 consecutive years from 2015 to 2021.
However, as coach Cho moved to the Hanwha Eagles for the 2021-2022 season and returned after two years, the Doosan infield is undergoing reorganization. While third baseman Heo Kyung-min and first baseman Yang Seok-hwan (32) are likely to keep the starting positions, the keystone combination is in an infinite competition.
Because of this, Coach Cho said, “I was a novice coach when I first came to Doosan, but there were parts that I leaned on when I met perfect infielders. Now, there are changes in the composition of players, and compared to then, I have to lower my eyesight. I am the same, but young infielders It is a time when experience and growth are needed.”
Fortunately, the training results so far are not bad. Everyone is following the bright atmosphere, unhurried movement, and the focus of all fielders on one play that Coach Cho emphasized from the first day of camp.
Third-year prospect Ahn Jae-seok (21), Park Gye-beom (27), Jeon Min-jae (24), and Lee Yu-chan (25) are making progress little by little, making coach Jo happy. Veteran Kim Jae-ho is setting an example for his juniors based on his rust-free defense and experience.
Coach Cho said, “I tell the players that the coach decides the lineup, but they decide the names engraved on the billboard. They continue to motivate them, but they all look pretty to me. Everyone, including Park Gye-beom, has improved their defense a lot,” he praised the players.
In addition, “I am very grateful that veterans such as Heo Kyung-min, Kim Jae-ho, Kang Seung-ho, and Yang Seok-hwan are creating synergy with young players.” “he explained.
In the case of the unconventional defensive shift that coach Cho showed during his time as a defensive coach at Hanwha, it seems difficult to see in Doosan. Although the reference point for the shift is data, Coach Cho believes that there is no shift without the consent of the pitcher.
Coach Cho said, “I haven’t had an in-depth discussion with the manager about shifts yet, but I plan to avoid shifts that are excessive.” It will be done within the scope of understanding.”
He then said, “Depending on the (opponent hitter) data, I expect the shift to be dense and not excessive,” and “I am setting the setting now and talking to the players as a way to reduce minor mistakes in the overall defense.” .