The era has come when foreign players occupy an important share of the team’s power, but compared to that, the history of foreign leaders’ prominence is not that long in the KBO League. In that respect, several recent movements have received great attention as a laboratory.
Following coach Trey Hillman, who led SK (currently SSG) in 2017 and 2018, in 2020, coach Matt Williams, who can be said to be the best in KBO league history, took over the KIA command tower. In 2021, Hanwha hired manager Carlos Subero, and Lotte took over the baton from manager Larry Sutton in the middle of the 2021 season. 2021 is the first time in the history of the KBO League that three club managers have been filled with foreigners.
Former Lotte head coach Jerry Royster and former SK head coach Hillman left quite significant footprints in the KBO league. The effects of foreign directors began to be known, and some even had ‘illusion’. However, there is also an evaluation that the illusion has been largely broken in the failure of director Williams and the classics of the two directors who are currently holding the baton. It is clear that simply setting up ‘foreigners’ is not enough.
Coach Williams was effectively sacked ahead of the 2022 season, and this year is the last year of the contract period for coaches Sutton and Subero. In order to renew the contract, we need to show tangible results this year.
In fact, over the past two years, power reinforcement futures have not been significant. Lotte and Hanhwa, which were not top teams, had losses rather than reinforcements, so it was natural for the manager to have some difficulties in planning the power. In particular, the relatively thin player base had a side that harassed the two coaches’ season management from beginning to end. But this year is a little different. There was a power boost.
스포츠토토 In preparation for the implementation of the salary cap, Lotte, who had endured and endured while holding the strand to the side that was dear to them, achieved a groundbreaking reinforcement by catching both of the two players they wanted (Yoo Gang-nam and Noh Jin-hyuk) this offseason. Lotte, who had concerns about the center line leading to catcher, shortstop, and center fielder, was able to take a breather and face the 2023 season with the signing of the two players and the renewal of Jack Rex’s contract.
Hanwha also recruited Chae Eun-seong from the free agent market and started to reinforce the blow. Oh Seon-jin, a utility player, was also recruited, and the possibility of additional recruitment is open. It is difficult to see that it was a recruitment that could raise the lowest-ranked team to the top at once, but Chae Eun-seong, who can play both first base and outfield, is expected to be the center of the team’s lineup and a catalyst that will create synergy.
Investing is pressure on performance soon. Head coach Subero, who has to prove why he has to drag himself further in the third year of his tenure, needs to improve his performance to a certain level. Director Sutton can literally see this year’s performance and future moves linked. Since the past year and a half has not created a sensation as much as expected, this year we must go to the top 5. The industry believes that it will not be easy to renew the contract if it does not go to the postseason.
Head coach Hillman was subject to renewal, but left for the United States to care for his parents. So there was no official renewal of the contract. Royster’s first two years of ‘no peer’ baseball created sensational popularity, but he was also praised for his limitations. The renewal of the contract was for one year, and after that period, Lotte did not seek manager Royster. Manager Williams was sacked without even fulfilling the term of his contract. Attention is focusing on what kind of scenario awaits Sutton and Subero.