The Lotte Giants have been without a title for 31 years since winning the championship in 1992. During this process, every single leader who rose to the command tower resigned in disgrace. Lotte’s leadership was a stain on their leadership careers. Coach Lotte was called a ‘poisoned chalice.’ However, can coach Kim Tae-hyung, a ‘strong coach’ who led the team to the Korean Series for seven consecutive years, change Lotte’s constitution?
On the 20th, Lotte announced that former coach Kim Tae-hyung was appointed as the 21st coach. The contract period was 3 years and a total of 2.4 billion won (down payment of 600 million won, annual salary of 600 million won). While providing the highest level of treatment in the industry, we brought in a great general who has won the Korean Series three times and advanced to the Korean Series for seven consecutive years.
Lotte completely reversed its policy of appointing a ‘beginner manager’ with no coaching experience. These novice coaches could not easily overcome the weight of Lotte being a popular team with a strong fandom and enthusiasm. The club was also swayed by public opinion and did not give him enough time to play his baseball game.
However, Lotte could no longer afford to endure the time of trial and error that a novice manager inevitably had to go through. Lotte Group Chairman Shin Dong-bin, the club’s owner, provided guidance on the new manager during the process of selecting the new manager, saying, “I hope to bring in someone who has leadership skills and can improve the team’s capabilities and performance while playing winning baseball, as well as someone who is experienced in developing players.” presented a line.
Based on the criteria presented by Chairman Shin Dong-bin, the club and group began searching for a leader who could improve the team’s constitution from the end of August, and coach Kim Tae-hyung was clearly the right person for this. On the 18th, CEO Lee Kang-hoon met with director Kim Tae-hyung in person and signed the contract on the morning of the 20th, completing the process of appointing the director.
While serving as coach of the Doosan Bears from 2015 to 2022, he transformed Doosan into a strong team that could always advance to the postseason and even advance to the Korean Series. In this process, Kim Jae-hwan, Oh Jae-il, and Park Geon-woo grew into leading players and turned them all into big-money free agent players. He also showed great skill in bringing out the strengths of players by putting them in the right places.
Above all, the ability to control the players based on charisma and instill the will to win in the entire dugout was the ability that elevated coach Kim Tae-hyung to the rank of a great general. He led the regular season by operating aggressively in games he could and had to win, and this ability was maximized in short-term games. There was clearly a reason for advancing to the Korean Series for 7 consecutive years from 2015 to 2021. Even when faced with a crisis, he wisely overcame it and did not back down easily in any situation. In the 2019 regular season, they achieved the feat of overturning a nine-game gap and winning the championship.
Coach Kim Tae-hyung’s strong attitude is perhaps what the Lotte team needs the most. We need to erase the sense of defeat that has crept in knowingly or unknowingly as we have failed to advance to the fall baseball season for 7 consecutive years until this year after 31 years of no military service, and coach Kim Tae-hyung is the right person to change this atmosphere.
Also, 먹튀검증Lotte has played baseball quietly and kindly like ‘Saenim’. He was unable to break down his opponent by biting his opponent so harshly. To survive in the battlefield called professional baseball, you need to be persistent, but Lotte failed to do that. Even though I pondered and asked myself, ‘Why can’t we go to the fall baseball game?’, it didn’t change. It could be said that they were hard-hearted in their own way, but that alone was not enough.
The great task of winning Lotte’s championship, which no one has been able to do for 31 years, and even improving the constitution to move toward winning. Coach Kim Tae-hyung met the expectations of many and willingly accepted the ‘poisoned chalice’ of being Lotte’s head coach. Coach Kim Tae-hyung said, “I am well aware of the weight of being the manager of the Lotte Giants. I am grateful to Lotte fans and club owner Shin Dong-bin for choosing coach Kim Tae-hyung. “I will repay the expectations of the fans who have waited for a long time and achieve results,” he said through the club.
It is also a challenging time for director Kim Tae-hyung. Will Lotte really be able to change with the master? You can check the final training starting on the 25th.