Kim Tae-hyung (55), who took over as the 21st manager of the Lotte Giants as a “championship commissioner,” had one word for his inauguration: winning .”I’m excited and looking forward to being appointed as the manager of Lotte in the baseball city of Busan,” Kim said at the inauguration ceremony held at Lotte Hotel in Busan on the 24th, promising to showcase “aggressive, colorful, and hot baseball.” The inauguration ceremony was attended by Lotte CEO Lee Kang-hoon and players Jeon Jun-woo, Ahn Chi-hong, Koo Seung-min, and Kim Won-joong.
Lee presented Kim with a jersey bearing his number 88, while the players welcomed the new manager with a bouquet of flowers. Lotte finished the regular season in seventh place this year, missing the postseason for the sixth consecutive season .In the 11 seasons between 2013 and this year, the team has only made it to fall baseball once, in 2017.Lotte signed Kim to a three-year, $2.4 billion contract on Nov. 20. Kim took the helm of the Doosan Bears in 2015 and led them to seven straight Korean Series appearances through 2021, finishing atop the standings three times.
On accepting the Lotte managerial job, which has been nicknamed the ‘poisoned chalice,’ Kim said, “Any baseball player would not turn down a managerial offer. It’s a responsibility, but if the opportunity comes, you have to take it. “He also expressed confidence that his goal for the three-year contract is to “reach the postseason and win. “Following the inauguration ceremony, Kim will begin his duties on the 25th with a team meeting at the Gimhae Sangdong 카지노사이트 Stadium, where the team will hold its final training session. Below is a one-on-one interview with GAM.