Hot Stove League (TV series)

Hot Stove League[1] (Korean스토브리그; RRSeutobeu Ligeu; lit. Stove League) is a 2019 South Korean television series starring Namkoong Min, Park Eun-bin, Oh Jung-se and Jo Byung-gyu. It aired on SBS from December 13, 2019 to February 14, 2020.[2][3] The series received critical acclaim and won Best Drama at the 56th Baeksang Arts Awards.[4]

Hot Stove League
Stove League main poster.jpg
Promotional poster
Hangul스토브리그
Genre
Written byLee Shin-hwa
Directed byJeong Dong-yoon
Starring
Country of originSouth Korea
Original language(s)Korean
No. of episodes16
Production
Executive producer(s)Park Min-yeop
Production location(s)
Camera setupSingle-camera
Running time60 minutes
Production company(s)Gill Pictures
DistributorSBS
Release
Original networkSBS TV
Picture format1080i (HDTV)
Audio formatDolby Digital
Original releaseDecember 13, 2019 (2019-12-13) –
February 14, 2020 (2020-02-14)
External links
Website

SynopsisEdit

The story of two managers whose goal is to move their baseball team from the bottom of the league to the top.

CastEdit

MainEdit

With the next baseball season coming closer, Seung-soo is appointed general manager to the Dreams team. He doesn't have a particularly nice personality but he is determined to make the team the best.
She is the only woman manager in the league and is very passionate about her team. Though she has been working in this field for ten years, since her college years, she never gives up.
Director of Jaesong Group and nephew of the Dreams club's owner. He is the one who hired Seung-soo.
Se-young's co-worker at the Operations Team. He got the job through connections. But as time goes by, he shows his passion for the team and works hard.Many suggested that the reason was because he liked Seyoung.

SupportingEdit

Dreams officeEdit

  • Son Jong-hak as Go Kang-seon, CEO of the Dreams team.
  • Lee Jun-hyeok as Go Se-hyeok, scout team leader.
  • Yoon Byung-hee as Yang Won-seop, scout team member.
  • Kim Do-hyun as Yoo Kyeong-taek, analysis team leader.
  • Kim Soo-jin as Lim Mi-seon, head of marketing team.
  • Park Jin-woo as Byeon Chi-hoon, marketing team leader.
  • Kim Ki-moo as Jang Woo-seok, scout team deputy head.

Dreams playersEdit

  • Hong Ki-joon as Jang Jin-woo, the oldest pitcher.
  • Chae Jong-hyeop as Yoo Min-ho, a rising pitcher.
  • Jo Han-sun as Lim Dong-gyu, a cleanup hitter.
  • Cha Yup as Seo Yeong-joo, the chief catcher.
  • Kim Dong-won as Kwak Han-young, an infielder.

Dreams coaching staffEdit

OthersEdit

  • Lee Dae-yeon as Kim Jong-moo, captain of the Vikings.
  • Song Young-kyu as Oh Sang-hoon, captain of the Pelicans.
  • Park So-jin as Kim Yeong-chae, a sports announcer.
  • Ha Do-kwon as Kang Doo-gi, the national team's ace pitcher.
  • Kim Jung-hwa as Yoo Jeong-in, Seung-soo's ex-wife.
  • Yoon Sun-woo as Baek Yeong-soo, Seung-soo's little brother.
  • Yoon Bok-in as Jeong Mi-sook, Se-yeong's mother.
  • Jun Gook-hwan as Kwon Il-do, Jaesong Group chairman.
  • Lee Kyu-ho as Cheon Heung-ma, a former wrestling athlete.
  • Lee Yong-woo as Gil Chang-joo / Robert Kill, a translator and former pitcher.

Special appearancesEdit

ProductionEdit

 
Picture of Munhak Baseball Stadium (Incheon, South Korea) where filming took place.

The series is based on Lee Shin-hwa's screenplay, which was one of the winners in the 2H 2016 MBC Drama Screenplay Contest (Miniseries Category).[9]

Namkoong Min and Park Eun-bin previously worked together as second leads in Hur Jun, The Original Story (2013).[10]

The first script reading took place in September 2019.[11]

Munhak Baseball Stadium, home stadium of the South Korean professional baseball team SK Wyverns who gave their support to the series, served as a filming location and was used in one teaser poster.[12][13] Scenes taking place in California were filmed in Hawaii.[14]

After episodes 10 and 11 were divided into three parts instead of two, viewers expressed their discontent concerning the advertisements on the program's website.[15]

Following the success of the drama, the cast and crew went on a four-day reward vacation to Saipan on February 17, 2020.[16]

Original soundtrackEdit

Hot Stove League OST
Soundtrack album by
Various artists
Released2019–2020
GenreSoundtrack
Language
LabelBlending Co., Ltd.
SBS Content Hub Co., Ltd.

Part 1Edit

Released on December 20, 2019 (2019-12-20)
No.TitleLyricsMusicArtistLength
1."Cue Sign" (큐사인)
  • Park Se-joon
  • Woo Ji-hoon
  • Park Se-joon
  • Woo Ji-hoon
Lee Won-suk (Daybreak)4:51
2."Cue Sign" (Inst.) 
  • Park Se-joon
  • Woo Ji-hoon
 4:51
Total length:9:42

Part 2Edit

Released on January 3, 2020 (2020-01-03)
No.TitleLyricsMusicArtistLength
1."Mind"OneTopOneTopKevin Oh4:01
2."Mind" (Inst.) OneTop 4:01
Total length:8:02

Part 3Edit

Released on January 10, 2020 (2020-01-10)
No.TitleLyricsMusicArtistLength
1."As The Cold Wind Passes" (찬바람이 스쳐가며)
  • Han Joon
  • Park Se-joon
  • Lee Yu-jin
  • Park Se-joon
Oliver3:30
2."As The Cold Wind Passes" (Inst.) 
  • Lee Yu-jin
  • Park Se-joon
 3:30
Total length:7:00

Part 4Edit

Released on January 17, 2020 (2020-01-17)
No.TitleLyricsMusicArtistLength
1."Another Day Is Passing" (하루가 저물어간다)
  • Jung Sung-min
  • Shin Ji-hoo
  • Jung Sung-min
  • Shin Ji-hoo
Kim Tae-hyun (DickPunks)3:46
2."Another Day Is Passing" (Inst.) 
  • Jung Sung-min
  • Shin Ji-hoo
 3:46
Total length:7:32

Part 5Edit

Released on January 31, 2020 (2020-01-31)
No.TitleLyricsMusicArtistLength
1."Down"U.je
  • ZigZag Note
  • U.je
Savina & Drones3:23
2."Down" (Inst.) 
  • ZigZag Note
  • U.je
 3:23
Total length:6:46

RatingsEdit

  • In this table, the blue numbers represent the lowest ratings and the red numbers represent the highest ratings.
  • N/R denotes that the drama did not rank in the top 20 daily programs on that date.
  • N/A denotes that the rating is not known.
Ep. Part Original broadcast date Title[17] Average audience share
AGB Nielsen[18]
Nationwide Seoul
1 1 December 13, 2019 My Name Is Baek Seung-soo And I'm the General Manager
(단장 백승수입니다)
3.3% (NR) N/A
2 5.5% (16th) 5.8% (13th)
2 1 December 14, 2019 I am Going to Trade Lim Dong-gyu
(임동규 선수를 트레이드하겠습니다)
5.5% (NR) N/A
2 7.8% (11th) 8.3% (7th)
3 1 December 20, 2019 It's a Team That's Bad at Baseball and Also Without a Future
(야구는 제일 못하는데, 미래도 없는 팀)
7.3% (14th) 8.3% (10th)
2 9.6% (6th) 10.3% (4th)
4 1 December 21, 2019 I'd Say It's an Unprecedented Scouting Scandal of a Professional Team
(전례 없는 프로팀 스카우트 비리가 아닐까 싶습니다)
8.2% (10th) 8.5% (9th)
2 11.4% (3rd) 11.9% (3rd)
5 1 December 27, 2019 Do You Want to Make a Bet? Let's See Who Is Laughing When We Arrive In Korea
(내기하실까요, 귀국길에 웃는 게 누군지?)
9.6% (6th) 10.1% (4th)
2 12.4% (2nd) 12.9% (2nd)
6 1 January 3, 2020[a] Did You Bring Someone Problematic From America?
(미국에서 뭐 문제 있는 애 데리고 왔어?)
11.6% (6th) 13.1% (4th)
2 14.1% (2nd) 15.4% (2nd)
7 1 January 4, 2020 Cut a Little Bit Larger
(삭감 폭이 좀 큽니다)
11.3% (4th) 12.5% (4th)
2 13.8% (3rd) 15.1% (3rd)
8 1 January 10, 2020 How Much Do You Want?
(얼마를 받아야 되는 겁니까)
12.2% (6th) 13.7% (4th)
2 14.9% (2nd) 16.3% (2nd)
9 1 January 11, 2020 Thank You For Letting Me Dream For A Brief Moment, Baek Seung-soo
(잠시나마 꿈을 꾸게 해줘서 감사합니다, 백승수씨)
11.8% (4th) 13.2% (4th)
2 15.5% (3rd) 17.0% (3rd)
10 1 January 17, 2020 Are We Evil?
(우리가 적폐입니까?)
12.9% (5th) 14.1% (4th)
2 15.5% (3rd) 16.6% (2nd)
3 17.0% (2nd) 18.4% (1st)
11 1 January 18, 2020 What Difference Does It Make If I Bring Them In?
(얘네들 데려오면 뭐가 달라져?)
10.7% (6th) 11.6% (5th)
2 13.5% (4th) 14.5% (4th)
3 16.5% (3rd) 18.1% (3rd)
12 1 January 31, 2020[b] Lim Dong-gyu VS Kang Doo-gi
(임동규 대 강두기)
12.0% (6th) 13.0% (4th)
2 14.4% (3rd) 15.2% (3rd)
3 15.3% (2nd) 15.5% (2nd)
13 1 February 1, 2020[b] I Trust Him, I'm Going to Check Whether the Rumors are True or Not
(믿지만 확인은 할 겁니다)
10.1% (6th) 11.2% (5th)
2 11.9% (4th) 12.9% (4th)
3 16.0% (3rd) 17.4% (3rd)
14 1 February 7, 2020 The Reason Why We Must Bring Back Lim Dong-gyu
(임동규를 다시 데려와야 하는 이유)
13.2% (6th) 14.4% (4th)
2 15.1% (3rd) 15.8% (3rd)
3 16.6% (2nd) 17.2% (2nd)
15 1 February 8, 2020 I'm Trying To Protect The Dreams At All Costs
(어떻게든 드림즈를 지키려고 합니다)
10.6% (6th) 11.6% (5th)
2 13.6% (4th) 14.6% (4th)
3 16.8% (3rd) 18.2% (3rd)
16 1 February 14, 2020 The Best Is For Sale
(최선은 매각입니다)
14.8% (5th) 15.8% (4th)
2 17.2% (3rd) 18.3% (3rd)
3 19.1% (2nd) 20.8% (1st)
Average 12.5% [c]
Special December 7, 2019 Hot Stove League Scout Report
(스토브리그 스카우트 리포트)
2.6% (NR) N/A
Special February 15, 2020 Hot Stove League Final Report
(스토브리그 파이널 리포트)
3.9% (NR)
5.8% (NR)

Awards and nominationsEdit

Year Award Category Recipient Result Ref.
2020 56th Baeksang Arts Awards Best Drama Hot Stove League Won [19][4]
Best Director (TV) Jeong Dong-yoon Nominated
Best Actor (TV) Namkoong Min Nominated
Best Screenplay (TV) Lee Shin-hwa Nominated

NotesEdit

  1. ^ Broadcast is delayed due to the 2019 SBS Entertainment Awards broadcast.
  2. ^ a b Broadcast is delayed due to the 2020 Lunar New Year special broadcast.
  3. ^ Due to some ratings not recorded, the exact average rating is unknown.

ReferencesEdit

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