“I’m worried that the players might feel burdened.”
Lotte Giants have been conducting the first spring camp for the 2024 season at Dedeo Baseball Stadium in Guam since February 1. A total of 63 people, including 13 coaching staff, including new coach Kim Tae-hyung, 20 pitchers, 4 catchers, 12 infielders and 7 outfielders, will sweat mainly on physical and technical training until the 20th.
Ahead of this season, Lotte’s “master” Kim Tae-hyung has taken the helm as the team’s 21st head coach. While failing to advance to the postseason for six consecutive years from 2018 to last year, the 2024 season will aim for “Autumn Baseball unconditionally” with manager Kim Tae-hyung.
Manager Kim Tae-hyung is one of the best players in the history of the KBO League, which requires no long explanation. As soon as he took the helm of Doosan in the 2015 season, Kim displayed his leadership by elevating his team to the top of the Korean Series. He showed off his skills as an adventurer through combined wins in the 2016 and 2019 seasons, and the first time in the history of Korean pro baseball to advance to the Korean Series (2015-2021).
Kim Tae-hyung had strong charisma when he was the Doosan coach (2015-2022). It was easy to see him take control of the team and make bold decisions to win in every competition.
Lotte, however, has displayed soft leadership since its closing camp in November last year. The team is giving consideration to players who find themselves in trouble by making light jokes and allowing them to exercise in a comfortable atmosphere.
When watching rookie pitcher Jeon Mir’s bullpen pitching on the 3rd, head coach Kim Tae-hyung smiled and encouraged him, saying, “Both pitching and breaking balls are good.”
The biggest concern for head coach Kim Tae-hyung is that the players are too conscious of the head coach. He wants to focus only on training according to the set schedule.
There is a strong sense of competition among players from the beginning of the spring camp to impress the new head coach. Most of the players have come in perfect physical condition, but please avoid over-pacing thoroughly.
“I’m most concerned about this part because I’m afraid that the players will feel pressured to show more to the new coach,” head coach Kim Tae-hyung said. “Players who don’t have their seats like Jeon Joon-woo have no choice but to be wary of the coach, so I hope they don’t be overly conscious of me and do the same.” 꽁머니사이트
“They are all the same in baseball. I don’t want players to think, ‘Our manager is a kind of guy, so I need to match him well,'” he said. “In baseball, all the team members unite as one and try to win against the opponent. A manager should become a leader and manage the team to win. If players try to match the manager for no reason, I feel difficult and feel pressure.”