Former KIA Tigers manager Kim Ki-tae was appointed as the first team hitting coach of the Yomiuri Giants, a prestigious Japanese professional baseball team.
Japanese media such as Sankei Sports reported today, “Kim Ki-tae, the head coach of the Yomiuri 2nd team, will serve as the team’s first team hitting coach for next season.”
Yomiuri changed the coaching staff after losing the final stage of the Central League Climax Series (CS) to Yakult Swallows and ending the 2021 season.
Yomiuri announced that they had called up Kim Ki-tae, assistant coach for the second team, as the hitting coach for the first team, while announcing a major coach change.
Kim Ki-tae, batting coach, began his coaching career as a batting assistant coach at the SK Wyverns (now SSG Landers) in 2006, and then coached at Yomiuri from 2007 to 2009.
After that, he served as the second team manager and first team head coach at the LG Twins, and then served as LG manager from 2012 to 2014 and KIA manager from 2015 to 2019.
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