The Doosan Bears, who ended the fall baseball season with one wild card game, apologized to the fans. Is it for some reason?
On the 20th, Doosan posted an apology regarding the loss in the wild card game through the club’s official social networking service (SNS).
Doosan expressed his gratitude by saying, “We were thankful. We fell short,” and continued, “Despite the consistent support and encouragement we received over the past year, contrary to the expectations of our fans, we were unable to rise to a higher level. It’s because of our shortcomings.”
He continued, “However, based on this year’s experience, we will definitely show Miracle Doosan’s potential next year. Once again, I bow my head in apology and gratitude to the Doosan fans. I am sorry. And I was truly grateful for the entire year.” added.
Previously, Doosan failed to advance to the semi-playoffs, losing 9-14 to NC Dinos in the 2023 Shinhan Bank SOL KBO Wild Card match held at Changwon NC Park on the 19th. Doosan’s dream of aiming for the first ‘upset’ in the history of the wild card match went to waste.
Doosan pledged to win by appointing ‘Ace’ Kwak Bin as the starter. The batting line harassed NC starter Tanner Turley by scoring one run in each inning from the top of the first to the top of the third, and Kwak Bin’s chances of holding the second game seemed to be slowly increasing as he allowed no runs in the first three innings of the game.
However, NC put the brakes on Doosan’s challenge. In the bottom of the 4th inning, Seo Ho-cheol’s bases-loaded slam turned the game around, and Kim Hyeong-jun’s back-to-back home runs pushed the score to 5-3. Doosan immediately balanced the game by scoring two runs in the top of the fifth inning, but NC regained the lead with Lee Young-ha’s wild pitch in the bottom of the fifth inning and Seo Ho-cheol’s two RBI double in the bottom of the seventh.
In the top of the 8th inning, Doosan took advantage of Kim Jae-hwan’s error with 2 outs and runners on 1st base, and 3rd base runner Kim Jae-ho took advantage of center fielder Jason Martin’s catching error and hit home to take the lead at 6-8, but NC, which scored 6 runs in the bottom of the 8th, solidified the victory. The series ended with NC’s victory. Neither the Doosan fans nor the players who visited the scene could hide their dejected expressions.
Doosan, which finished last season in 9th place, parted ways with coach Kim Tae-hyung and started the new season under coach Lee Seung-yeop. There were many comments that it was somewhat unconventional to entrust the baton to a coach with no professional coaching experience, but the power of catcher Yang Eui-ji, who announced his return to his former team as a free agent, and foreign pitcher Raul Alcantara, who returned from the Nippon Professional Baseball (NPB), was a bit unconventional. There were distinct plus factors. This was the reason for the prediction that it would be possible to advance to the postseason for the first time in two years.
In fact, when we opened the lid, we saw that Lee Seung-yeop was cruising despite difficulties big and small, and in July, he was on an upward curve by racing through 11 consecutive wins, the club’s longest winning streak. The players who played the season with a novice coach finished the regular season in 5th place and secured a ticket to the postseason.
However, it cannot be concluded that the results met the expectations of fans. As they were pushed out of the race for third place, they started the wild card match in a somewhat disadvantageous position, and fans felt very disappointed about this. The fact that they struggled somewhat in confrontations with top teams such as SSG Landers and LG Twins also had an impact.
Fans who expressed disappointment with Coach Lee’s leadership booed instead of applauded until the very end. On the 16th, the final home game against SSG, boos poured in from the audience every time coach Lee Seung-yeop appeared on the electronic display. The atmosphere was so dark that one wondered if the team had advanced to the postseason.스포츠토토
In addition, Doosan was unable to maintain a 3-run lead in the wild card game and collapsed helplessly in two big innings. Brandon Waddell, Dong-ju Kim, and Won-jun Choi ended the series without even getting on the mound. As the fans’ anger boiled over, Doosan had no choice but to bow their heads in front of the fans even though they were invited to the fall baseball game.
At the end of the postseason, Hong Geon-hee, who is the pitching manager and a member of the bullpen, and Yang Seok-hwan, who became the starting first baseman after the trade, will receive free agency qualifications. Doosan has to solve off-season tasks without any time to catch its breath.