The end of his career was marked by a victory. As he was contemplating retirement, he met again with his teacher.
Coach Kim Tae-hyung took the helm at Lotte after a year as a commentator. I also meet again with my former students who formed the ‘Doosan Dynasty’ together.
On the 22nd, the Lotte team said goodbye to as many as eight coaches, including acting manager Lee Jong-woon, Park Heung-sik, Jeon Jun-ho, and Choi Kyung-cheol. Including former coach Larry Sutton and coordinator Heo Sam-young, who resigned mid-season, as many as 10 coaching staff members left the team at once. ‘1992 winning members’ such as Lee Jong-woon and Jeon Jun-ho also failed to escape the harsh winds.
This is to hold the team accountable for the failure of this season’s fall baseball game and to leave room for the ‘Kim Tae-hyung division’ to be additionally recruited. Coaches Kim Joo-chan, Ko Young-min, and Yoo Jae-shin will wear Lotte uniforms together.
We also reunite with Lotte 2nd team general coach Bae Young-soo, who remained at Lotte. Coach Bae continued to lead the Futures team and direct the educational league. We are preparing for a meeting with Coach Kim and the first training of the finishing camp scheduled for the 25th.
He was on the verge of retirement from the Hanwha Eagles after the end of the 2018 season. However, Coach Kim held his hand, and as a result, he had the honor of standing on the mound in Game 4 of the 2019 Korean Series when Doosan was confirmed to win.
Through that relationship, I began my career as a leader at Doosan. He served as an assistant pitching coach and bullpen coach for three years.
He was called up by Lotte ahead of this season. It was a strong love call from former director Seong Min-gyu, who had mobilized all his connections from his school days. Coincidentally, Coach Kim is also leaving the team. He wanted to pursue his dream in a new place. It was the first first-team pitching coach to win four years after his retirement.
Immediately after taking office, he received attention for his ‘intensive’ training, but he was overly motivated. It was disappointing that the overflowing passion was slowed down. The disagreement over his use as a catcher spread into internal conflict among the coaching staff. At the end of June, Coach Bae moved to general manager of the 2nd team.
The team that was doing well ran aground. In the end, we faced the reality of failing fall baseball for six consecutive years. It is a disappointing result for the parent company, which invested 17 billion won in recruiting three free agents (Yoo Kang-nam, Noh Jin-hyuk, and Han Hyun-hee) and 9 billion won in Ace’s contract extension.메이저놀이터
Lotte announced the recruitment of coach Kim on the 20th. His contract period is three years, and he is the highest-ranking active head coach with a total contract value of 2.4 billion won. In addition, former Director Seong, who created the buzzword ‘process’, also left. It is expected that more emphasis will be placed on the ‘field’ led by Director Kim rather than the front office.
Coach Kim spent 33 years in the KBO League, but Lotte is his third team. From his debut as a player in 1990 until his farewell to Doosan in 2022, he wore a uniform other than Doosan for only three years (2012-2014, SK Wyverns).
Coach Kim held his inauguration press conference on the 24th and took his first steps in the heart of Busan baseball. Lotte and Busan may be unfamiliar to the great player who has won the Korean Series for 7 consecutive years and 3 times. Coach Bae, who arrived a year earlier, is expected to be helpful.