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  • Spring Break from April 8th-12th.
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  • Don't forget your spirit shirts on Friday.
The Student News Site of Daegu International School

Jets Flyover

The Student News Site of Daegu International School

Jets Flyover

Bleak outlook for Lions 2024 season

Samsung unveils two new strategies and fans keep fingers crossed for a hopeful summer
Graphic by Christine Park.

One of the Korean Baseball Organization (KBO)’s oldest teams, the local Samsung Lions, struggled to maintain consistent performance over the past eight seasons. Well-known as the squad with the best overall win-loss record in KBO history, the Lions previously reigned the diamond as the unconquerable champions. From 2011 to 2015, they dominated the league with 5 trophies in a row. However, in 2016, the roster encountered a dark era and with 13 consecutive losses in 2022, they bottomed out. With unmotivated players and livid fans, hope seemed bleak. 

Fast forward to 2023, the crew found itself ineligible to enter the playoffs for the third year in a row. This outcome prompted both fans and staff to finally acknowledge the need for a thorough overhaul. 

Recently, numerous news outlets highlighted Samsung’s intentions to undergo a renovation, with plans that extend beyond minor modifications. Park Jin-Man, Lions manager, said, “The focus during the training camp we held this winter was to strengthen the bullpen pitchers, which can be said to be our team’s biggest weakness in the Stove League last season.” As mentioned, the problem with the Lions ultimately stemmed from bullpen pitchers. The bullpen performs far below average, to the extent that they struggle to complete a single inning efficiently. 

Jessica Woo meets Lions manager Park Jin-Man. He gives Jessica inside access to his future plans for the 2024 season in regards to the bullpen and how to fill the stadium. Photo courtesy of Jessica Woo.

Several losses last season proved these shortfalls time after time. Due to the underperformance of the pitching staff, the matchup on April 28th, which seemed like a chance at redemption for the Lions, took an unexpected turn when the KT Wiz came back from an 8-point gap to beat them. Throughout the night, continuous communication errors between the throwers and catchers killed off multiple opportunities to strike the opponent batters out. To prevent such mistakes, Samsung attempted to stabilize the bullpen.

“I think the point is to create a situation where the opposing team can feel intimidated by creating strong pitchers.”

— Park Jin-Man, Samsung Lions Manager

Opinions clash among fans, baseball critics, and the public as to where hope lies. Some supporters remain positive about the team’s progress. “I see some potential for the 3 foreign players who are coming into the squad this season. Also, with the strong outfield trio Kim Hyun-Joon, Koo Ja-Wook, and Kim Sung-Yoon, our defense also seems hopeful,” said senior Bolt Yi, an ardent baseball fan. KBO rules allow each team to sign up to 3 players from abroad. Samsung holds contracts with Connor Seabold, David MacKinnon, and Denyi Reyes. Seabold previously played for the Colorado Rockies, MacKinnon fielded in the American minor leagues, and Reyes joined the New York Mets most recently.

On the other hand, doubts also surround certain athletes, coupled with apprehension about the individuals’ ages. Yi said, “Even though we have some nice new bullpen pitchers, I am concerned with the closer Oh Seung-hwan. He is over 40, which makes him too old to be a pitcher.” The worry over the closer’s age brings a new layer of uncertainty for fans and raises questions about the durability of the pitching staff. 

From my perspective, the lack of prospective sluggers adds another concern to the overall performance. The absence of formidable hitters in our lineup raises many questions about our offense as well. Ironically, our stadium’s minuscule size allows opponents to hit home runs with ease. This juxtaposition of a limited lineup and the advantageous dimensions of our home field further compounds this issue.

Despite the challenges and setbacks, the team’s potential for a resurgence and future success remains palpable. The arrival of hopeful players, strategic management decisions, and dedicated supporters weave together hope and anticipation. On the other hand, doubts still linger in the form of leadership issues, performance inconsistencies, and small fissures within the group. As the baseball season unfolds, the Samsung Lions promise the fans a hopeful 2024 season but the storyline seems nuanced and unpredictable. To end strongly, Park said, “My goal for this season is to finish as the top 5 in terms of season performance and play in the playoffs with our fans in the stadium.”

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About the Contributors
Jessica Woo, Managing Editor
A eleven year veteran at DIS, Jessica Woo returns to the Flyover staff in her junior year. As an engaged student who loves to read and write, Jessica helps other students improve and always attempts to step up as a writer herself. Founder of the Jets Broadcasting Service, she communicates and delivers informative messages to the DIS community. As much as she adores writing, Jessica deems herself a baseball-holic and attempts to watch every game if possible. 

Christine Park, Illustrator
After years of persuasion from her peers that sparked intrinsic motivation, Christine Park finally enters Journalism as a senior. Chris’s greatest passion revolves around the field of art and anime. Her role as the president of the National Art Honors Society and Visual Arts Club proves the enthusiasm she bears for artistry. As the new illustrator for the Jets Flyover, Chris is eager to dive into journalism and share her artwork and comics with a wider audience.
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    BoltFeb 15, 2024 at 6:36 pm

    Connor Seabold is a right handed starting pitcher that pitched for the Colorado Rockies in the 2023 MLB season and throws a strong fastball and a matching changeup

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    Tommy JangFeb 15, 2024 at 6:25 pm

    The lions currently does not have a contract with Widener, they replaced him with Connor Seabold

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