“I’m okay, but young players…” Why KIA’s “new captain” and manager are emphasizing “as soon as possible”

The Australian spring camp is just around the corner. KIA Tigers is finally going through off-season training without a head coach.헤라카지노

The spring camp is a time to not only improve their physical condition ahead of the season, but also make up for their shortcomings and improve their development. Experienced veterans can only prepare for the season as they have always done, but young players may not have a clue.

Na Sung-bum, 35, who was appointed as the new captain, was also concerned about this. “Not only me but also veteran players have nothing to do with it, but there are so many young players in the team,” he told reporters at the Narabunda Ballpark in Canberra, Australia on Sunday. “There will be many things that we don’t know what to do in every moment. Young players might not know what to do.”

He wore a new captain’s armband and prepared for the spring camp with high expectations. Unlike Arizona, the U.S. experienced snowstorms due to abnormal weather conditions last year, Australia has no time difference and warm weather, which made him think that he would be able to build his body properly.

However, he lost his coach overnight and was filled with disappointment. “I just want you to give us a lot of support so that we can play baseball hard,” Na told reporters ahead of his departure at Incheon International Airport on April 30.

Kim Jong-kook, 51, got into trouble with Kia Tigers’ former general manager Jang Jung-seok, who was fired in March last year over allegations that he demanded back money from Park Dong-won (LG Twins). During the prosecution’s search and seizure of Jang in November last year, some of the money that Jang unfairly pocketed went to Kim, which came under investigation. After suspending his duties, Kia ultimately decided to dismiss him.

After finishing the 2021 season, Na Sung-bum, who wore a Kia uniform for 6 years and 15 billion won, played only 58 games last year due to injury. He prepared for the spring camp with the mindset that “only I need to do well,” but as a captain, he has more things to take care of.

“The coach should lead the players rather than help the seniors,” Na Sung-bum said. “There are many new players and so are foreign players,” he said. “This is my first time experiencing this situation and I hope it is resolved soon. I hope this situation is resolved as soon as nothing happened.”

He thinks that the club will search hard. Na stressed the importance of timing. “I don’t think it’s something that we can do even at the airport. I don’t think we can say ‘I want someone to coach,'” he said. “Someone will come, so I just want him to come as soon as possible.”

“With or without the manager, I honestly think it’s a hell of a deal. The manager also needs to figure out the players as soon as possible and think about how he will come up with his plans,” he added. “You have to come quickly so that you can have good chemistry.”

Against this backdrop, Kia Tigers’ general manager Shim Jae-hak is busy in Korea, not in his spring camp training site, unlike his previous plans. “The candidates for the managerial team have been singled out first. We are working on rediscovering the secondary roster with club officials,” Shim said in a telephone interview with Star News on Wednesday. “The important thing is that he needs to be someone who can quickly join the team and do something. I think people who need to adapt quickly and learn things quickly will become coaches.”

Director Shim said, “The interview date has not yet been set, but they are all expected,” hinting that the characters being discussed may be candidates.

He also mentioned the timing. “We are pushing for the new coach to see the Australian spring camp in person as much as possible,” he said. “However, communication is difficult due to the Lunar New Year holiday season. In reality, it will not be easy before the Lunar New Year holiday as the appointment of a coach is an issue that requires discussions with not only the baseball team but also the parent company. I think things will go smoothly only after the holiday season is over.”

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