Coach Kim Min-jae leaves SSG after 3 years to join Lotte as head coach of ‘Kim Tae-hyung Division’

Kim Min-jae receives the ‘2020 Baseball Player of the Year Award’ from KBO President Chung Un-chan at the ‘2020 Baseball Player of the Year Award’ ceremony at the Elena Hotel Imperial Hall in Gangnam-gu, Seoul, on Dec. 9.

Former SSG Landers coach Kim Min-jae will take over as head coach of the Lotte Giants from next season. He will join the so-called ‘Kim Tae-hyung Division’.

According to SSG, Kim will end his association with SSG after the third game of the semifinals against the

NC Dinos and move to Lotte, which is managed by Kim Tae-hyung.

Kim previously assisted Doosan’s Kim in the 2019-2020 season. He then worked with Kim Won-hyung at

Doosan in the 2021 season when he became the first head coach of SSG.

After three seasons with SSG, Kim was recently approached by Kim Tae-hyung and considered joining the

team, but decided he needed a change of scenery and accepted the offer, heading to Lotte.

The Busan native started his career with Lotte in 1991 and played for 11 years until the 2001 season. He

then played for SK Wyverns (now SSG) and Hanwha Eagles before retiring in 2010.

He began his coaching career with Hanwha and has since worn the colors of Doosan, KT Wiz, Lotte, and SSG.

Last season, he served as SSG’s head coach, helping Kim Won-hyung win the wire-to-wire title. In

recognition of this achievement, he also traveled to the 2023 World Baseball Classic (WBC) as a coach.

This season, he joined Won-hyung Kim as a bench coach and third base coach, reuniting with him three years after leaving Dusan in 2020. 슬롯사이트

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