One month-limited group 1, will you become a hero from heaven… The squeeze bunt hit that ended the overtime game is the beginning
# LG-KT’s opening game on the 1st. In the 7th inning, where LG trailed by 1-11, left-handed hitter Lee Chun-woong stepped in as a pinch hitter for right-handed hitter Song Chan. Then, KT lowered right-hander Lee Chae-ho and raised left-hander Park Se-jin as a relief pitcher. The LG bench immediately removed Lee Chun-woong and reappointed right-handed hitter Kim Min-seong as a pinch hitter. Kim Min-seong struck out on a full count.
# 2nd LG-KT’s second game of the season. 안전놀이터The 11th inning tied the score at 9-9. LG seized the chance for one out, second and third base with lead hitter Park Dong-won’s hit, send-off bunt, and Hong Chang-ki’s left-handed double. KT, which hired 7 pitchers, put starting pitcher Koh Young-pyo as a relief pitcher. LG appointed Lee Chun-woong as a pinch hitter instead of Park Hae-min, who recorded 1 hit in 4 at-bats that day.
On Ko Young-pyo’s first pitch (changeup), Lee Cheon-woong tried a squeeze bunt, and the ball rolled toward first base. The moment pitcher Ko Young-pyo caught the ball, the runner on third base scored with a head-first slide home. Ko Young-pyo tried to throw to first base, but the KT infield, who played forward defense, was late to cover first base. Lee Chun-Woong’s exquisite squeeze bunt succeeded with a hit and took the lead again, 10-9. And in the bottom of the 11th inning, Ham Deok-joo blocked it with no runs, and LG won.
Lee Cheon-woong made his first at-bat in the 2023 season with a dramatic final stroke. Attention is focusing on whether Lee Cheon-woong, who was guaranteed a one-month deadline for entry into the first team as an outfield backup and pinch hitter, will create a twist.
Lee Cheon-woong, who played an active role as a starting outfielder until 2020, has been pushed back as a backup for the last 2-3 years. Lee Chun-woong, who recorded a batting average of 30% for two consecutive years in 2018 and 2019, only played 89 games as he left due to injury in the first half of 2020, and had a batting average of .256 (80 hits in 312 at-bats) OPS .666. Hong Chang-gi, who was the ‘2nd team batting king’, has established himself as the main outfielder with his excellent on-base ability.
Due to injury and sluggish performance, Lee Chun-woong has not been able to participate in the spring camp for the first two consecutive years, and his position has narrowed. Lee Chun-woong was extremely self-respecting, but his opportunities to play in the first team gradually decreased and were sluggish. He finished the 2021 season with a batting average of 1.9 and 9.9 Lee (36 hits in 181 at-bats) in 68 games, and 2022 with a batting average of .
On the other hand, LG’s outfield has become thicker. Last year, national team center fielder Park Hae-min moved to free agency, and rookie Moon Seong-ju grew rapidly enough to compete for the ‘off-field batting king’. This year, outfielder Austin was recruited as a foreign hitter. This year’s LG outfield lineup consists of Kim Hyeon-soo (Hong Chang-ki), Park Hae-min (Shin Min-jae), and Austin (Moon Seong-ju). Geopo prospect Lee Jae-won had to change his position from outfield to first baseman.
An opportunity came to Lee Cheon-woong, who prepared for the season at the 2nd division spring camp held at LG Champions Park in Icheon. Manager Yeom Gyeong-yeop mentioned that Lee Cheon-woong would be the first call-up if there is an injury in the first team entry while preparing for the season.
During the demonstration game, first baseman Lee Jae-won (abductor muscle) and infield utility Son Ho-yeong (biceps femoris) left due to injuries. Lee Cheon-woong recorded a batting average of .241 (7 hits in 29 bats) in 13 games in the demonstration game, and was included in the opening roster.
Manager Yeom plans to keep Lee Chun-woong in the first team entry for the time being as a left-handed pinch hitter. Coach Yeom said, “Until Son Ho-young returns from injury, Lee Chun-woong will play in the first team.” He said Son Ho-young’s rehabilitation would take a month. Until the end of April, Lee Chun-woong is expected to continue playing in the first team. It may be a limited business trip opportunity, but compared to last year, it is an opportunity. It’s up to you to do it yourself. If you produce results for a month, something else might happen.