Coach Lee Byeong-gyu, who led Geelong Korea, a Korean allied team that broke through Corona 19 and entered the Australian Pro League in three years, will join the Samsung Lions as head coach.
Geelong Korea, led by coach Lee Byeong-gyu, returned home on the 23rd after playing matches against leading Australian teams from November of last year and completing a three-month campaign.
Coach Lee, who was in charge of coaching the LG Twins, received an offer from Samsung coach Park Jin-man directly before leaving for Australia. I have a relationship with coach Park that I have built while playing together as a player in the Korean national team. 안전놀이터
Manager Park said, “Coach Byung-gyu Lee has the advantage of being able to lead the team and especially the atmosphere of the bench. He has a great personal career and good interpersonal relationships with the players and coaches, so I expect him to be of great help to the team.” He explained his ‘love call’ for director Lee.
At the time, coach Lee, who was offered the position of head coach of the Samsung club, replied that he would focus on the Geelong Korea schedule.
Coach Lee is a legendary left-handed hitter who started his pro career at LG in 1997 and won seven Golden Gloves. From the first year of his debut in 1997, he participated in the entire game and won both the Rookie of the Year Award and the Golden Glove, and participated in 1,741 individual games in the KBO League, recording a batting average of 0.311, 161 home runs, 972 RBIs, and 147 stolen bases. He was also named along with Yang Jun-hyuk and others in the “legendary left-handed hitter” category in the KBO’s 40th anniversary commemorative 40 legends last year. Starting his leadership life at LG in 2018, he was in charge of the batting division, going back and forth between the 1st Army, Futures, and Promotion Army.
Coach Lee, who has further developed his capacity as a leader through conducting Geelong Korea for three months, will begin his schedule as Samsung’s head coach from the spring camp in Okinawa, Japan on the 30th.
Director Lee said, “I don’t think it’s bad to learn a new baseball game in a new team. I want to learn baseball from coach Park once. I want to do it well. I will try to make a good team so that the players can run around on the playground.”
Meanwhile, Geelong Korea left a significant record in the Australian Pro League. The final score was 13-27 and 7th overall, failing to advance to the postseason, but it recorded the best performance since the 2018-19 season, when it participated in the Australian league for the first time. The team broke the record for the most consecutive wins (four consecutive wins) during the season, and scored 23 points, the most points in one game, against Adelaide on November 20th.
In addition, Koo Dae-seong, the first coach of Geelong Korea, returned to the mound as an active player after four years and set a new record as an active professional pitcher in his 50s. Koo Dae-seong, who joined in the 10th round, pitched in 3 games and finished 2.1 innings with an ERA of ‘0’ with no earned runs.