‘Head coach vacancy’ finalization camp begins…SSG to appoint 2nd team coach first “Relationship with NC is being amicably settled”
Coach Son Si-heon, who retired from active play with the NC Dinos and took his first steps into coaching, will take the helm of the SSG Landers’ second team.
An SSG official said on January 1, “The process of appointing Son Si-heon as the second team coach is underway. We haven’t signed a contract yet. Coach Son still has some things to sort out.”
Son made his professional debut in 2003 with the Doosan Bears. He played with Doosan until 2013 before heading to NC in 2014.
After playing until 2019, Sohn retired and began coaching in 2020. 먹튀검증토토사이트 He served as a defensive coach for two seasons in the second team before leaving for a coaching stint in the minor leagues with the Philadelphia Phillies in December 2022.
During this process, the NC club partially funded his coaching training. After three years of training, he received an offer to coach SSG’s second team, so he returned the money and took over the SSG Future Team. The relationship with NC was also amicably resolved.
Meanwhile, SSG will hold a prospect camp at the General Sports Park located in Satsumasendai City, Kagoshima Prefecture, Japan, from the 1st to the 24th.
The camp, which will be held overseas for the first time in four years since 2019, aims to foster promising players through intense technical training, and will be led by Lee Dae-soo, head coach of Futures, with a total of 35 players, including nine coaching staff and 26 players. The SSG team will depart at 11:05 a.m. on the 1st and return at 2 p.m. on the 24th.
Although the team is led by second team head coach Lee Dae-soo, the players in the final camp are expected to play in the first team next season. The club is also trying to make them the main players of the team. Most of the players are from the second team, but there are also a number of players who have been in and out of the first team.
Rookie pitchers Lee Rin and Song Young-jin, who gained valuable experience in the first team this year, as well as Seo Sang-jun, the “155km fireballer,” left-hander Baek Seung-geon, right-hander Shin Heon-min, right-hander Lee Kun-wook, and Jung Sung-gon, who tasted an increase in velocity, are likely to be the mainstays of the first team next year.
Cho Hyung-woo, who served as SSG’s backup catcher this season, is also headed to Kagoshima. Ahn Sang-hyun, Choi Jun-woo, Kim Chan-hyung, Ko Myung-joon, Kang Jin-sung, Kim Min-joon, and Kim Sung-min (all infielders), who will be the centerpiece of the generation change, are headed to Kagoshima. Ko Myung-joon is a highly touted infield giant who is considered the heir apparent to Choi. The outfielders included Kim Jung-min, Kim Chang-pyeong, Park Se-jik, Chae Hyun-woo, Choi Sang-min, and Choi Yubin.
These are the players that the first- and second-team managers should check out. SSG is also currently without a first-team coach. On October 31, Kim Won-hyung was notified of his contract termination and left, so once the new first- and second-team coaches are in place, they can go to Kagoshima, where there are a number of first-team hopefuls, for a power check. It could be a motivating factor for the players in the final camp.