Assistant coach Kim Tae-hyung to head coach? Kim Min-jae would be good.
Kim Tae-hyung has taken the helm of the Lotte Giants. The coaching staff that will assist him is being finalized. There are still some potential coaches from teams with postseason play remaining, so the full roster is being delayed, but after the SSG Landers’ fall baseball season ended, it was announced that Kim Min-jae was named Lotte’s new head coach.
While no single position is unimportant, the importance of the head coach role is hard to overstate. They must act as a bridge between the manager and the rest of the coaches and actively communicate with the players. In particular, Kim is rumored to have a scary(?) style. In a head coach position, you need to take care of your surroundings like a mother.
Coach Kim has entrusted that responsibility to her. Their relationship goes back to the 2019-2020 season. They worked together at Doosan. At the time, Kim was an operations coach.
After the 2020 season, his former pitching coach at Doosan, Kim Won-hyung, was hired as the head coach of the SK Wyverns (now the SSG Landers), and he took Kim with him. In baseball, it’s customary to not block a player from moving to a higher position. Kim was named SK’s head coach.
However, this season, he was not the head coach. Kim Won-hyung brought in Cho Won-woo, the second team coach, as a bench coach and gave him the role of head coach this season. Kim was in charge of operations and baserunning. This time, when Kim Tae-hyung asked for the head coach position again, Kim Won-hyung was unable to prevent the move. For Kim, it meant going to his hometown team.
In any case, this is the first time that Kim will play the role of head coach under Kim Tae-hyung. He has good reason to be excited. Kim has a history of being promoted to head coach.
It started with Han Yong-duk, who was the head coach at the end of 2017. He became the head coach of the Hanwha Eagles. At the time, rumors of his appointment spread ahead of the Korean Series, causing Doosan to falter, and they ended up finishing as runners-up. So the following year, Doosan made an official announcement before the Korean Series that Lee Kang-cheol would become the head coach of KT Wiz.
Pitching coach Kim Won-hyung, who was not the head coach, also learned baseball from Lee and became a manager. He was a senior-level coach with full pitching privileges. Although he didn’t become a manager right away, Kang In-hwa, who is leading the NC Dinos this fall, also worked as a battery coach under Kim Tae-hyung at Doosan.
There’s a reason why Kim’s coaches have been so successful in the managerial ranks. For one thing, Doosan was doing well at the time, so their accomplishments must have been highly regarded. 먹튀검증토토사이트 Kim led Doosan to the Korean Series for seven consecutive seasons. The coaches were recognized for their work.
It’s also important to note that clubs would have expected their new managers to learn from Kim’s charismatic and personable coaching style. In fact, all four of the managers mentioned above succeeded. Han Yong-duk led Hanhwa, a lowly team, to fall baseball after 11 years. Lee Kang-cheol is a self-explanatory mastermind. Kim Won-hyung led the team to the overall title last season. Kang In-hwa also has the scent of a first-year master.
Kang’s example is funny. When he was a star player at Doosan, Park Gun-woo was sent to the second team because he was playing poorly. Kang also sent Park to the second team this season when he demanded a substitution late in the game. The result was the same. Park returned with a sense of responsibility and has been committed to the team ever since.
Kim Min-jae is another coach who has proven his ability to manage any team in the future. If he can “soak up” the good things he learned while assisting Kim Tae-hyung, he could have a great future ahead of him.