Honestly, I don’t think I’m the starting player. I try to help the team with the idea that the first player is the starting player.”
The answer is humble, but the skills you 꽁머니지급 show on the pitch are not. Original starter shortstop Ha Joo-seok (29) was tied to the dugout, and veteran shortstop Oh Seon-jin (34) couldn’t see a gap to enter. Shortstop Lee Do-yoon (27), who has been a pro for 9 years, has completely shaken up the competition for Hanwha shortstops. Right now, it doesn’t seem like it’s sparkling and not active.
In fact, Lee Do-yoon was a player who hadn’t seen the light of day at all for the past eight years. Although he was named pretty high in 2015 with a 24th place in the 2nd 3rd round, he spent most of his career in the 2nd team. Since 2021, he has been given a chance in the first team little by little, but he has been tasked with filling in when there is a hole somewhere in the infield. He was in the process of increasing his stay in the first team little by little, taking 68 at-bats in 56 games in 2021 and 126 at-bats in 80 games in 2022.
Then, this year, a golden opportunity came to Lee Do-yoon. Ha Joo-seok, the starting shortstop, was suspended for 70 games by the KBO after his driver’s license was suspended for drunk driving in November last year. Hanwha had no choice but to be embarrassed by the departure of their main shortstop. It was because he was the core power of the team to the extent that he once took over as captain. I was put in a situation where I had to play half of this season without Ha Joo-seok, and I put out the urgent fire by bringing Oh Seon-jin in the free agent market for a total of 400 million won a year.
Lee Do-yoon did not seize the opportunity from the beginning. With Oh Seon-jin filling the vacant seat of Ha Joo-seok first, Lee Do-yoon had to wait in the second group for over 40 days after the opening. Then, as Oh Seon-jin had to leave due to hamstring and jaw injuries, Lee Do-yoon had a chance to play in the first team. Since the end of May, Lee Do-yoon has been gradually increasing his chances to play in the first team, and has been holding on for 77 days.
Even though it is actually his first full-time season, Lee Do-yoon is running hard without getting tired. As the weather got hotter after July, he turned the bat more freely. The performance of 11 games in the second half reached a batting average of 0.381 (8 hits in 21 bats). Ha Joo-seok, who returned from a drunk driving punishment, has a batting average of 0.125 (2 hits in 16 at-bats) in 10 games in the second half, and Oh Seon-jin, who recovered from an injury, has a batting average of 0.250 (3 hits in 12 at-bats) in 6 games in the second half. Of course, the director has no choice but to continue to offer Lee Do-yoon his position.
In the match against Doosan Bears in Daejeon on the 2nd, Lee Do-yoon also made a decisive blow to break the team’s 4-game losing streak. In the bottom of the 7th inning, which was chased by 3-1, Lee Jin-young’s hit and Jeong Eun-won’s walk made it 1 out, 1st and 2nd base opportunity, and Lee Do-yoon hit the right field with 2 RBIs and a timely triple, widening the distance to 5-1 at once. Considering that Doosan followed up with one more point at the beginning of the 8th inning, the additional point Lee Do-yoon picked was even more valuable. Lee Do-yoon, who recorded his first triple in his 9th year as a professional, played an active role with 2 hits and 2 RBIs in 4 at-bats.
After the game, coach Choi Won-ho said separately, “I want to praise Lee Do-yoon, who recorded multi-hits, such as recording 2 RBIs and 3 bases at the time when additional points were needed in the 7th inning.”
Lee Do-yoon smiled brightly, saying, “I feel good because I seem to have contributed more to the victory than usual. It was my first time hitting number 2, but I’m glad the result was good. There was no pressure, and I thought I would return quickly.” .
As it blooms after a difficult time, the better the day, the more I think of my family. Bok-deeng’s son, born on the 3rd of last month, is the driving force for his father, Lee Do-yoon, to exert more strength as a baseball player.
Lee Do-yoon expressed his feelings, “When I’m having a hard time, I think of my family and run harder. Even though it must be hard for my wife to raise children alone at home, she cares about me a lot, so I think I need to work harder. I’m always grateful to my wife.”
At this rate, Ha Joo-seok seems even more difficult to push Lee Do-yoon out. As a punishment, he failed to properly prepare for the season with the team,
Lee Do-yoon is still not satisfied or relieved. He said, “Honestly, I don’t think I’m the main player. I try to help the team with the idea that the player who comes out first is the main player, and I prepare to do my best by going from the back even if I don’t start as a starter.”