We signed a three-year extension contract because he is a proven leader who can create a strong, sustainable team loved by baseball fans in Suwon, his hometown.”
On the 11th, KT Wiz announced the signing of a three-year contract extension worth a total of 2.4 billion won
(down payment of 600 million won and annual salary of 600 million won) with manager Lee Kang-cheol.
This continues the partnership between Coach Lee and the club that has continued since the 2019 season. 카지노사이트
The KT club said in a press release, “The KT players came together as one under the guidance of coach Lee Kang-cheol and showed growth every season.
Even in difficult times, such as player injuries, he overcame them with excellent leadership.
He explained the reason for the extension contract, saying, “We signed a three-year extension contract because he is a proven leader who can create a strong, sustainable team loved by baseball fans in Suwon, his hometown.”
Coach Lee took office as KT’s third coach in the 2019 season.
He also distinguished himself as a manager by utilizing the wealth of experience he gained while serving as a pitching coach and head coach at the KIA Tigers, Nexen (now Kiwoom) Heroes, and Doosan Bears.
KT, which had previously been in the bottom tier, has grown into a strong team since Coach Lee’s appointment.
In the 2021 season, they won the overall championship and made history as the team that won the Korean Series in the shortest period of time, winning the Korean Series 7 years after entering the KBO League in the 2015 season.
Coach Lee began his coaching career in the 2019 season with a winning percentage of .500 with 71 wins, 2 draws, and 71 losses.
Since then, he has posted a win-loss margin of +10 or better every year, leading the team to advance to the postseason for four consecutive years.
As a pitching expert, he laid the foundation for a solid pitching kingdom by leading the growth or discovering the talents of Ko Young-pyo, Kim Jae-yoon, So Hyun-jun, and Park Young-hyun, who have established themselves as mainstays of the current team.
Of course, not everything was perfect. Compared to the mound where new faces appeared, the growth of the field team was slow.
KT’s fielding team consisted mainly of players recruited as free agents (FA) in the early days or later, and showed a move that was far from a generational change.
However, this season, the field team also discovered promising players.
In addition, we provided them with ample opportunities to settle into the first team, forming the foundation for a sustainable strong team.
As backups, they actively utilized catcher Kang Hyun-woo, infielder Lee Ho-yeon, and outfielders Ahn Chi-young and Jung Jun-young
who had proven their potential in the first team, and overcame the crisis by filling in the holes in the team that had been weakened by injuries and slumps.
In fact, KT went through a difficult time early this year due to poor performance and injuries to key players.
At one point, the win-loss margin fell to -14, putting a red light on for advancing to the postseason, but with Coach Lee’s guidance and guidance, the team overcame the crisis and finished the regular season in second place (79 wins, 3 draws, 62 losses).
KT is dreaming of taking a leap forward as a sustainable strong team by accompanying Coach Lee, the KBO’s representative master.
With the ability to overcome numerous crises this year and the promising talent discovered in the process, the possibility of a golden era for KT is growing.
After signing his extension contract, Coach Lee said through the club, “We were able to achieve good results due to the club’s generous support and the efforts of the players and coaching staff starting from the 2019 season.
I would like to thank the club and the CEO for renewing my contract, and I will continue to guide the players with a sense of responsibility so that they can continue to rise to the ranks of strong teams,” he said.