‘Senior Kyung-bae Jeong & Woo-seok Kim’s defense coach recruitment spurred… Escape from last place after 4 seasons → Finish in 9th place, speeding up reorganization to ‘erase weak players’
Hanwha Eagles are also speeding up the reorganization of their coaching staff.
Hanwha Eagles recently recruited SSG Landers hitting coach Kyung-bae Jeong and Futures operations and defense coach Kim Woo-seok.
Hanwha, which had been in last place for the past three years, succeeded in getting out of last place by finishing the regular season in 9th place this season.
It is a season with many twists and turns. Coach Carlos Subero, who was appointed as Hanwha’s head coach in 2021 and is in the third and final year of his contract, was fired in May. As a successor, Choi Won-ho signed a three-year contract as Futures coach rather than an ‘agency system’.
As the team won just before the dismissal, criticism continued. Coach Choi quickly took care of the team, and finished the season in 9th place, putting them in last place for the first time in 4 years since 2020.
2024 is the year we must welcome the ‘Choi Won-ho system’ in earnest. After the season ended, the coaching staff began to reorganize.
The head coach was changed first. Coach Jeong, who was active as a hitting coach at SSG, was hired as the head coach.
Both General Manager Son Hyuk and Manager Choi Won-ho played as pitchers during their active years, and stood out in assisting retired pitchers. As Coach Jeong has made a name for himself as a ‘famous hitting coach’ by helping to strengthen SSG’s firepower, he is expected to add strength to Hanwha’s fielding department.
Doosan coach Kim Woo-seok plans to add strength to the defense department. Coach Kim, who was active in the LG Twins and Samsung Lions, served as a defensive coach at LG and Doosan after his retirement. Coach Kim, who was at LG until last year and moved to Doosan this year, received good reviews for strengthening the defense of the fielders. Coach Kim plans to join as a defense coach.
Coach Kim is currently leading the team in the Miyazaki Educational League. He is scheduled to join Hanwha after completing the training league schedule.
In addition, Hanwha also recruited first and third base coaches. On the 20th, they announced the recruitment of coaches Kim Jae-geol and Park Jae-sang. Coach Jae-geol Kim will be in charge of first-team operations and base running (third base), and coach Jae-sang Park will be in charge of first-team outfield defense and base running (first base).
We actively tried to recruit coaches, but there were also departures. Coach Lee Dong-geol, who served as pitching coach and pitching performance coach this year, left for the KIA Tigers. In addition to coach Lee Dong-geol, KIA also recruited pitching coach Jeong Jae-hoon from Doosan. Coaches Jae-hoon Jeong and Dong-geol Lee will be in charge of the first team pitching coach and bullpen coach, respectively. In addition, KIA announced that it would not renew contracts with coaches Seo Jae-eung and Kwak Jeong-cheol.안전놀이터
Hanwha, which has completed changes to its coaching staff in key positions, plans to complete the remaining personnel selection work one by one.