“It’s enough to run”… LG Baseball’s ‘double-edged sword’ running openly

If the steal is successful, he can go one more base and immediately create a scoring opportunity. Even if you don’t steal bases, active base run play can steal the opposing pitcher’s pitching rhythm.

On the 27th, the ‘2023 Shinhan Bank SOL KBO Demonstration Match’ SSG Landers and LG Twins were held at Jamsil Baseball Stadium in Seou스포츠토토l. After hitting the lead batter at the end of the first inning, LG Seo Geon-chang ran to second base when Austin was at bat. Head-first sliding and aiming for second base, but the ball was already in the glove of SSG Kim Seong-hyun and was waiting in front of the base. It was an empty out.

However, this stolen base attempt was impossible to start. LG openly ran whenever a runner went out on the base. The SSG starting pitcher was McCarty, a left pitcher who threw a fast ball with a maximum speed of 151 km, but the LG players did not care. There were more failures than successes in stealing bases, but he ran without a break.

LG turned to the dugout after many runners failed to steal. At SSG Dugout, a loud voice came out saying, “It’s enough to run,” and upon hearing this, LG coach Yeom Gyeong-yeop smiled. Why did manager Yeom Gyeong-yeop smile despite his continued failure to steal bases?

It doesn’t matter whether you win or lose in an exhibition match. Players who have experienced failure in advance will feel that ‘If you run like this, you’ll die’, then you can increase your chances of success in the main game. And it can imprint the image of ‘LG runs anytime’ to the opposing team. When LG’s running baseball is imprinted, the opponent prepares and cares. Coach Yeom Kyung-yeop smiled at the sound from the SSG dugout because he felt that his opponent cared about him.

However, running baseball is a ‘double-edged sword’. Creating chances one after another by bunt and run and creating chances with aggressive base running are both ways to create runs. However, stealing is an offensive option that always carries the risk of injury along with physical burden. The failure of stealing is a ‘double-edged sword’ that cuts off the flow of attacks.

In this game, the reason LG only scored 1 point despite 7 hits was because they missed many chances due to a stolen base failure.

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