The Lotte Giants have entrusted former Doosan Bears manager Kim Tae-hyung (56) to take the helm of the first team .On the 20th, Lotte announced, “We have appointed our 21st manager, Kim Tae-hyung,” and said, “He signed a contract for a total of 2.4 billion won ($600,000 down payment, $600,000 annual salary) for three years. “Kim Tae-hyung said, “I understand the weight of being the manager of the Lotte Giants. I would like to thank the Lotte fans and owner Shin Dong-bin for choosing Kim Tae-hyung. I will reward the fans’ expectations and deliver results after waiting for a long time.”
Lotte, a team in need of a winning record, has teamed up with Kim Tae-hyung, who holds the record for most consecutive Korean Series appearances in a season, seven, in Korean professional baseball .Lotte will hold an inauguration ceremony for Kim Tae-hyung on the 24th, and he and the players will meet at Sangdong Stadium on the 25th.Kim Tae-hyung started his professional career with Doosan’s predecessor, the OB Bears, in 1990.He left the Bears for a brief stint as a player-coach in 2001 and then as a coach of the SK Wyverns (now SSG Landers) from 2012 to 2014, but has been at the helm of Doosan since the 2015 season.
He won the championship as a player in 1995 and reached the top as a player-coach in 2001. In 2015, he lifted the trophy as manager .He was the first player and manager to win a title with the same team in the KBO. Under Kim Tae-hyung, Doosan enjoyed a heyday that will go down in KBO history. From 2015 to 2021, Doosan reached the Korean Series for seven consecutive seasons, winning the title three times (2015, 2016, and 2019).Kim holds the record for the most Korean Series appearances in the KBO.
In 2022, Doosan finished ninth and parted ways with Kim Tae-hyung, replacing him with current manager Lee Seung-yeop.Kim spent the 2023 season as a commentator for SBS Sports. In baseball circles, there were predictions that “Kim Tae-hyung won’t stay a Yankee for long,” but Kim Tae-hyung replied with his trademark playful voice: “Who knows?”스포츠토토존 He said. Within a year, Kim was back at the helm of the KBO.