Baseball SSG emphasizes ‘remodeling,’ finalizes transportation arrangements for players
The SSG Landers, a professional baseball team that has been pursuing “Win Now,” has pressed the “Generation Change” button after the 2023 season.
On October 31, SSG fired former manager Kim Won-hyung (51), who had two years left on his contract, saying, “It is never a contract termination due to performance.” “After the end of the postseason, we conducted a sober review internally. We believe that change and innovation are necessary for the team to continue to develop.”
In selecting Lee, the SSG said, “We looked for a leader who can communicate well and remodel the team. Through in-depth interviews, we discussed the team’s direction and baseball values and selected Lee,” the SSG said.
He then set a gradual ‘remodeling’ rather than a radical rebuilding as the ‘direction of the new SSG’ to be led by Lee.
At the inauguration ceremony for SSG’s commander-in-chief at Holiday Inn Songdo, Songdo-dong, Yeonsu-gu, Incheon on the 21st, Lee said, “Yesterday, I met with owner Jung Yong-jin, and he gave me a difficult task of ‘catching both development and performance,'” adding, “I will utilize all my experience as a player, commentator, coach, and front desk, and listen to the voices of others such as the front desk to catch both.”
In his inaugural speech, Lee expressed his determination not to give up on the team’s performance while putting a little more weight on generational change.
First of all, Lee said, “I will leave the composition of the players to the judgment of the front office.”
As SSG finalizes the selection of its head coach, it is speeding up the process of hiring coaches and organizing the transportation of the team.
SSG has two of the best hitters in the KBO, Kim Kwang-hyun (35) and Choi Jung (36). This means the team has the bones to perform.
Go Hyo-joon (40) and Noh Kyung-eun (39), who protected SSG’s bullpen last season, are also expected to play for SSG in the 2024 season. SSG has no immediate bullpen options to replace them.
The fading 1982-born duo of Choo Shin-soo and Kim Kang-min are in talks with the club.
Lee said, “I haven’t met or talked to them yet. The club is communicating with them,” he said. “We should respect their wishes. In particular, Choo Shin-soo is a major leaguer and played a leadership role in SSG. He deserves to be respected.”
The Future Team coaching staff, including head coach Son Si-heon, is complete.
The hiring of first-team coaches is also being finalized, including the addition of LG Twins battery coach Yoon Yoseop.
Before appointing Lee, SSG said, “The coaching staff is about 80% complete. The main positions for the first team will be finalized in consultation with the new head coach.”
Lee is in talks with the club about the first-team coaching staff.
A baseball player with a pitching background, who was also considered as a candidate for the head coach position, is likely to take over.
“We are thinking of appointing a pitcher as the head coach,” Lee said.
According to Lee, the big picture of how he plans to combine development and performance is to “expand the scope of utilization of young players while maintaining the physical strength of veterans.
He also envisioned an ideal scenario where the center of gravity would gradually shift from veterans to younger players while maintaining top-tier performance.
Specific plans can be made after the SSG front office completes the transportation of the squad. 토토사이트