Former NC Dinos left-handed pitching prospect Lee Seung-heon is rolling up his sleeves to help develop youth baseball.
After graduating from Shinil High School and Korea University, Lee joined the NC Dinos in 2018 and went 0-2 with a 7.36 ERA in eight appearances with the first team. After retiring from active duty, Lee will begin the second act of his baseball career as a coach for the Seoul Jungnang Eagles youth baseball team.
“After completing my military service as a social service worker, I decided to retire due to severe elbow pain. I’m starting a new chapter as a pitching coach for the Seoul Jungnang Eagles youth baseball team, which I met while serving as a social service worker.”
Although he didn’t make a big splash in the professional ranks, he was trusted by the coaching staff and his teammates. “I’ve always been competitive, 안전놀이터 and there were a lot of opportunities for me, but I don’t think I took advantage of them,” he said. “I worked hard and had a lot of things I wanted to accomplish when I came back, but the injury ended it. I’m very disappointed in many ways.”
After returning, he felt pain in his elbow and opted for rehab instead of surgery.
He worked harder than anyone, but the pain wouldn’t go away. When it got to the point where he couldn’t throw the ball anymore, he decided to retire. “I feel pain when I throw the ball, but it doesn’t affect my daily life,” he says.
“The club helped me a lot in training,” he says. When I get the chance to stand on the mound of the first team and interview Suhun, I’d like to thank him, but it’s unfortunate that I can’t. Coach Son Jeong-wook, who I played with before joining the team, also helped me a lot. I had a hard time with injuries, but I think I gained strength thanks to them.”
“I want to help children develop an interest in baseball because they are young, and I plan to study a lot while communicating with them so that they can enjoy baseball and become healthier in body and mind through baseball,” he said.
“I worked hard to prepare myself to do well after returning from my time as a social service worker, and I would like to thank my coaches Jang Yoo-tae, Yang Chang-mok, Park Ji-hwan, and Kim Kyung-min for their support. Above all, I would like to say thank you and love to my parents, who are my number one fans.”