Notification of the second group following the sluggish ERA of 6.35. Lee Yong-chan (34), finishing pitcher of the NC Dinos, refreshed his mindset by shaving his head.
Lee Yong-chan made a relief mound in the 5th game of the season against KT in the 2023 Shinhan Bank SOL KBO League held at Suwon KT Wiz Park on the 10th and reported his 6th save of the season with a perfect pitch with 2 strikeouts in 1 inning. It was a save I tasted in 11 days after Daejeon Hanwha on April 29th.
Lee Yong-chan, who was registered as a first-team entry that day, took the mound as a closer in the bottom of the ninth inning with a slight lead 메이저놀이터of 8-7. The pitch was neat. After striking out leader Park Kyung-soo with a forkball, center fielder Kim Sang-su struck out with a forkball, and pinch hitter Kang Min-seong struck out again with a forkball to end the game. 11 pitches. This was the first scoreless game since the game against LG in Jamsil on April 18th.
Lee Yong-chan, whom we met after the game, said, “It wasn’t bad. He had strength, but his balance was not 100% satisfactory. However, I think this will be adjusted as you play the game,” he said.
Lee Yong-chan was assigned the NC closer’s duty this year as well, but he was notified of his 2nd move on the 30th after going through 11 matches, 1 win, 1 loss, 5 saves, and an average ERA of 6.35 in the month of April. The pain of being excluded from the first team came when he lost points in 4 consecutive games from Changwon Lotte on April 21 to Daejeon Hanwha on the 29th.
Lee Yong-chan shaved his head two days after he went down to the 2nd division and regained his composure. It was his own way of overcoming his pain and sluggishness. Lee Yong-chan said, “I couldn’t do it, so I cut his hair to wake up and get it straight.” I think he shaved his head after 4 or 5 years. I pushed because I couldn’t do it at that time, and this time I shaved it coolly to wake up. Of course, shaving it doesn’t help psychologically, but he decided to do it because he thought he had to change something.”
What kind of time were 10 days in the 2nd Army for Lee Yong-chan, who shaved his head? “It was time to reorganize,” he said. He looked back on what went wrong and thought about what he would do next. He went down, took a break for about 3-4 days, and then worked out again, thinking about the bad points and looking for them,” he looked back.
Returning to the 1st team stage, Lee Yong-chan’s goal is firm. As a veteran, he leads his juniors while regaining his good form and guarding his back door. He said, “In the case of me, the role is fixed. I also have to make up my mind and do it in my own way while leading my juniors well and giving them good advice.”
Lee Yong-chan, who had a successful return to the first team, said, “As I always say, I don’t have a specific goal. It’s not easy for a closer to set a number, because you don’t know how the game will turn out. He said, “I will only think about not giving points and blocking well in the games I play,” foreshadowing his performance for the rest of the season.