A KBO League winning manager has appeared in the San Diego Padres. Former coach Lee Dong-wook (49), who led the NC Dinos’ first combined championship in 2020, took on a new challenge this year as a training coach for the San Diego minor team. 

Former coach Lee Dong-wook arrived in Peoria, Arizona, USA, where the San Diego camp was set up on the 26th of last month (hereafter Korean time). The next day, after having an official meeting with the San Diego club, he joined the team on the 28th and began coaching the players as a minor league coach. 

Former coach Lee, who stepped down as NC coach in May of last year, looked for opportunities for leadership training in the United States. Through former NC general manager Kim Jong-moon, former NC CEO Lee Tae-il asked, and Park Chan-ho, a special advisor in San Diego close to Lee, took the training opportunity while building a bridge. 

Former coach Lee said, “I decided to train because I didn’t think I would have time to learn American baseball if it wasn’t now. It is an opportunity to learn something new, even if it is the same baseball. you will learn everything I will continue to have time to watch, learn, ask questions, and think again. There is no end to learning,” he said. 

We can get a glimpse of former coach Lee’s will in that it is not a short-term training for 2-3 months, but a training for an entire season of 6 months. Teams of all levels in the minor leagues were given ample time to experience. 

As an infielder from Dongrae High School and Donga University, former coach Lee, who was also selected for the 1996 Atlanta Olympics baseball team, played for Lotte from 1997 to 2003 before retiring as a player. In 2004, at the young age of 30, he started as a defensive coach for Lotte 2nd Army and entered his leadership path. From 2007 to 2011, he worked as a defensive coach for LG Group 2, and as an NC defensive coach from 2012, he has been with the team since its inception. He contributed to the rapid establishment of the new team NC as a strong team by establishing an efficient defensive line. 토토사이트

In recognition of this leadership, former coach Lee, who took the position of NC’s second coach in October 2018, returned the team to the semifinals in his first year in office in 2019. Then, with the first combined championship in 2020, he enjoyed the honor of becoming the only winning manager in the history of the KBO League with 16 people. As a director who excelled in the use of his data, he drew attention for his humble yet persevering leadership. However, since 2021, various incidents have occurred in the team and suffered hardships, and although he put down the baton in May of last year, the break was not long. 

Former coach Lee said, “I started coaching when I was young, but this is the first time I have worked overseas like this. He has nothing but the 40 days he went to the education league while coaching LG. I came here with courage because I thought it could be a place for new learning,” he said. (Kim) Ha-seong was also working out in the weight room in the morning. Such a routine is completed before team training,” he said, experiencing the atmosphere of the American camp that moves in advance from the morning.

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