Eui-ji Yang (36), who is considered the best catcher in the KBO league, has returned to the Doosan Bears. Yang Eui-ji, who made a comeback with her parents after 4 years, has a clear goal. It is to rebuild the collapsed Doosan dynasty with his old colleagues.
Yang Eui-ji, who left Doosan ahead of the 2019 season and transferred to NC Dinos, signed an FA contract with Doosan on November 22 last year for ‘up to 15.2 billion won in 4+2 years’ and announced a comeback in Jamsil.
Yang Eui-ji, who personally built his body, held an initiation ceremony at Jamsil Stadium in Seoul on the 11th and started his official schedule as a Doosan Man.
Doosan CEO Jeon Pung, general manager Kim Tae-ryong, and head coach Lee Seung-yeop attended the initiation ceremony, and Kim Jae-hwan and Heo Kyung-min also attended as team representatives to welcome Yang Eui-ji’s return.
Doosan, who wrote a record of advancing to the Korean Series for 7 consecutive years until 2021, ended the season in 2022 with a poor record of 9th place due to the bad news of the injury of key players and the sluggishness of foreign players.
In the 2015 and 2016 seasons, Yang Eui-ji, who led Doosan’s two consecutive Korean Series victories and played an active role as the main axis of the Doosan dynasty, was a season that did not look like Doosan.
Yang Eui-ji emphasized at his joining ceremony that the most important factor for him is to revive Doosan, which was sluggish last year.
Yang Eui-ji said, “Last year, Doosan seemed to have lost a bit of confidence from the opposing team,” and said, “The most important thing is to develop confidence. I want to give my all to my juniors.”
Yang Eui-ji’s addition is obviously a great force for Doosan, but he cannot achieve everything alone. In order to rebuild the dynasty, we must work together with our colleagues, especially veterans who experienced Doosan’s heyday in the past.
Kim Jae-hwan and Heo Kyung-min, who attended the event, are also players who should play an important role this year. Fourth hitter Kim Jae-hwan hit 23 home runs last year, but his batting average was 0.248. The performance of a player who signed a large contract worth 11.5 billion won for 4 years before the 2022 season was poor.
In the case of national third baseman Heo Gyeong-min, he recorded a batting average of 0.289, 8 home runs, 60 RBIs and 10 stolen bases, but as a veteran, he could not avoid the responsibility of falling to 9th place.
Yang Eui-ji, who built the Doosan Dynasty in the past with Kim Jae-hwan and Heo Gyeong-min, is again trying to instill ‘Doosan DNA’ in his juniors.
Yang Eui-ji said, “In addition to (Kim) Jae-hwan and (Huh) Kyung-min, I will join forces with (Kim) Jae-ho and (Jang) Won-jun, so that Doosan can become a strong team.” I have to work hard even for the sake of my juniors who have been waiting for me.”
The biggest difference between Doosan and the past is the manager. Coach Kim Tae-hyung, who built the Doosan Dynasty, resigned at the end of last season, and coach Lee Seung-yeop, a former national hitter, rose to the command tower.
It is unclear how effective this manager’s leadership will be in the professional world, but it is clear that it brought fresh air to the team.
Yang Eui-ji said, “Director Lee Seung-yeop has always been humble and has taken good care of his juniors since his active days,” and said, “I think the presence of the coach will be a great help to the team.
” In 2022 and 2022, it was not on the postseason stage. Personally, I am desperate for fall baseball. 안전놀이터
Yang Eui-ji, who has been reunited with former teammates in the team where he enjoyed his heyday, is interested in whether he can soar again in fall baseball by planting the DNA of victory that disappeared in Doosan.