The name changed from “professional coach” to “coach advisor” and now to “strongest baseball coach.” Manager Kim Sung-keun is still the same. “Baseball is always difficult and I have a lot to study,” he says, agonizing hard at night.헤라카지노
At the stadium of Daewon Middle School in Seongnam, Gyeonggi Province on Wednesday, Kim was teaching two amateur players from the “JTBC.” “Even if they train, there are only two or three players who come out. At first, they were very angry, but later on, they were engaged in many other activities to earn a living. I have learned a lot to endure over the past year,” Kim said with a smile.
Some retired professionals, including Lee Dae-ho, Park Yong-taek, Jung Geun-woo, and Lee Dae-eun, are among the strongest baseball players, but quite a few are active in independent league or college baseball. Among the amateur players who passed the “strongest baseball league,” Chung Hyeon-soo (Lotte Giants), Hwang Young-mook (Hanwha Eagles), and Ko Young-woo (Kium Heroes) wore professional uniforms through the rookie draft held last year. Won Sung-joon later signed with Kiwoom as a training player. “Six players applied for the pro league, but four of them went and two did not,” manager Kim said. “I had little sleep for two days because I was wondering what the remaining two would look like. I was wondering how they would look back on this moment in 10 or 20 years. I thought it was my fault, so they told me to come even on Chuseok holiday, so I visited empty stadiums to train.”
Kim, who had cancer surgery three times as a professional baseball coach, visits the stadium even when the weather is hot or cold. Even though he was hospitalized for three days due to physical ailments, he came to the stadium to teach players. No one knows that he was sick. “It is not an adult who expresses his pain on the surface,” Kim said. “A grown-up is the only one who thinks what he should do in his position even if he is sick. I can’t give up that last hope when even just one person comes out to train this winter. It is the position of an adult to not be discouraged just because there is only one person, but also to think about what I can do for that person.”
The strongest baseball team that he led through joint entertainment programs with professional teams such as the SK Wyverns (currently the SSG Landers) will have a different outcome. Regarding the difference, Kim said, “A professional team has the next game after one game. However, the strongest baseball team has a condition that if the winning rate is not higher than 70 percent, it will be disbanded,” adding, “It is a burden to have a number. I often have to seriously consider it even when I go home.” With around 300 players and production teams being deployed to make a single broadcast program, a winning rate of 70 percent sometimes comes as a considerable pressure. “Still, I think I have gained hope, and I think my interest has increased considerably recently. I heard that more people have become baseball fans while watching ‘the strongest baseball’ even though they hate baseball,” Kim said. As such, he also felt more responsibility.
Recently, the Korean professional baseball has produced a number of major leaguers. Kim Ha-sung (San Diego Padres) became the first Asian infielder to receive the Gold Glove Award, and Lee Jung-hoo signed with the San Francisco Giants with the highest amount of posting money (six years, $113 million). Ko Woo-suk, a former LG Twins closer, will also take the mound in San Diego this year. “I think the time has come for us to make money from baseball. I used to go to Venezuela to play and learn baseball there, but now I wonder how much Korean baseball is valued this much,” Kim said. “I think I am closer to money, not to baseball. When I get to a certain position, I have to look back at baseball, but I don’t know how hard I am trying to achieve that.” “The world’s No. 1 golfer hits 2,000 to 3,000 pitches a day while practicing,” Kim said. “How about baseball players?”
When he was a professional coach, he did not blame players. All of them were the leader’s fault. Many people in MZ say that it is only his fault. Others say that it is the adult’s fault. “When a player is wandering around, some leaders easily say, ‘I can’t even use it.’ But what a child needs is for an adult to awaken, “I must have taught you the wrong thing.” When a player makes a mistake, if he or she is trained to reduce the number of mistakes without getting discouraged, his or her thoughts on the mistake gradually change along the way. Adults should not give up and give children an opportunity to learn the process. For adults, leaders should not give up hope until the end.”
In his recently published essay “Life Is the Moment,” Kim Seong-geun said, “I am happiest when I think about baseball and play baseball. When I was teaching a player, I saw a moment of growth, and whenever that happens, I felt alive.” At the end of the interview, he asked Kim if he wanted to play baseball again. The 82-year-old veteran coach’s answer was, “Of course I will do it again. The more I play baseball, the more I learn things I don’t know. There is never a best thing in the world, not only in baseball. Everything is in change, so I can never catch up if I don’t study. I have to keep learning.” In the world of baseball with endless question marks, Kim may be heading to the baseball stadium again today to get an answer that is close to the best. “Baseball and life have no next in a ball.”