After an Intense Baseball Life, Kim Ki-tae Needs a Break
After an intense baseball life, Kim Ki-tae needs a break.
‘Myung-jang’ Kim Ki-tae is hanging up his uniform for a while. Kim stepped down as the hitting coach of the Yomiuri Giants in Nippon Professional Baseball last winter and immediately took over as the KT Wiz second team manager. Kim has always been a role model for the younger players, both in terms of technique and professional demeanor.
The effect was significant. Under Kim’s guidance, Son Dong-hyun, Lee Sang-dong, Jung Jun-young, and others were able to perform well in the Korean Series. The second-team effect could not be ignored in the miraculous rise from last place to second place in the regular season.
However, Kim resigned after just one season. In fact, there seems to be no reason for him to step down at all. The team didn’t win the Korean Series, but their record wasn’t bad, and they have plenty of supporters. He and Lee Kang-cheol are good friends. General manager Nado Hyun is also a close friend from his days with the LG Twins. There was only one reason for Kim to leave KT. He quit on his own accord.
Kim announced his resignation from the club as early as last month. However, his departure is only known now because both Na and Lee kept discouraging him from resigning. He still had a lot of work to do for the club, and the club didn’t know what to do with his sudden departure.
But Kim didn’t let that stop him. Although he considers it his vocation to be in uniform and with the players, he decided that he needed to rest and recharge at this point. In the end, KT had no choice but to accommodate Kim’s wishes. 보스토토 도메인
After making a name for herself as one of the best left-handed hitters in the game, Kim has also led a demanding life as a coach. He started as an assistant coach with the SK Wyverns (predecessor to the SSG Landers) in 2006, and then went on to study coaching at Yomiuri. In 2009, he returned to South Korea as LG’s second team coach, before taking over as head coach for the 2012 season. It was a moment that fulfilled his dream of showing his leadership skills as a first team coach.