All eyes are already on the emerging rivalry between the Doosan Bears and Lotte Giants for the 2024 season. Doosan manager Lee Seung-yeop has made a strong statement that he “doesn’t want to lose” against Lotte manager Kim Tae-hyung, who has led the Korean Series for seven consecutive years.

In October, the Lotte Giants selected former Doosan Bears manager Kim Tae-hyung as the right man to rebuild a team that missed the fall stage in 2017. The team signed Kim to a three-year contract totaling 2.4 billion won ($600 million in signing bonus and $600 million in annual salary) as its 21st manager.

Kim is credited with launching the Doosan dynasty in the past. From his first year in 2015 to 2021, the team made history by becoming the first KBO franchise to reach the Korean Series seven years in a row, winning two consecutive championships (2016, 2019) and three Korean Series titles (2015, 2016, 2019).

Kim’s career managerial record is 647 wins, 486 losses, 19 ties and a .571 winning percentage in 1,052 games, ranking him ninth on the all-time wins list behind Kim Eung-yong (1554), Kim Sung-geun (1388), Kim In-sung (978), Kim Jae-bak (936), Kang Byung-chul (914), Kim Kyung-moon (896), Kim Young-duk (707) and Ryu Joong-il (691).랭크카지노

Kim was not re-signed after a ninth-place finish in 2022 due to a series of power outflows and a lack of foreign players. Kim turned into a commentator for SBS Sports in the 2023 season.

Every time Kim has commentated on a Doosan game this year, he has sought out his successor, Lee Seung-yeop, and former students to check in on them and offer advice.

The episode against KIA on May 12 was the funniest. When Yang Seok-hwan asked Kim to “give me a one-point lesson,” Kim laughed and said, “What’s a lesson?” and then chuckled, “I’m not a coach anymore, so I can only give you a lesson if you pay.”

Soon after, captain Heo Kyung-min appeared and asked Kim with a serious look on his face, “Should we prepare to hit right away?” He added, “I need to interview the coach and Suh Hoon once.” Kim responded, “When I was coaching, (Heo) didn’t make any jokes like that. I think he’s finally relaxed now. In the past, he said he couldn’t joke in front of me because he was afraid that he would be dropped from the entry.” He smiled roguishly again.

With Kim now at the helm of Lotte, an emerging rivalry between Doosan and Lotte has been formed. It will be interesting to see how the battle of wits will play out between Lee, who is looking to make a leap forward in his second season after going through many trials and tribulations in his first year as a manager, and Kim, who knows Doosan better than anyone.

“I’m going to learn from coach Kim Tae-hyung. He’s a great coach and a master. I will work with an attitude of learning,” he said, adding, “I will try to win more matches. It doesn’t matter if you’re older or younger, the conditions are the same. You don’t want to lose. You don’t want to lose on the field, even if the opponent is a veteran coach. I will do whatever it takes to win,” said Kim Tae-hyung, revealing his extraordinary determination for the derby.

Doosan struggled against top teams such as LG (5 wins, 11 losses), KT (5 wins, 1 draw, 10 losses) and SSG (4 wins, 1 draw, 11 losses), in addition to Lotte, who were outscored 7-9 this year. They will need to rack up more wins against these teams if they want to finish higher than fifth next season.

“We were weak against the top teams this year. “If you don’t win head-to-head against the top teams, you can’t move up. You want to win the head-to-heads. Losing a match is a disgrace. We’re going to take that number this year so we can laugh about it more next year.”

After finishing fifth in the postseason this season, Doosan’s goal for next year is to finish at least third. “We finished fifth this season, so we need to finish at least third next year. We’ll make a run for third place. Of course, our players have the ability to aim for the championship.”

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