Professional baseball KIA Tigers appointed head coach Kim Jong-guk as their 10th manager.
On the 5th, KIA announced, “He appointed head coach Kim Jong-guk as the manager for a three-year contract, a down payment of 300 million won, and an annual salary of 250 million won.”
The KIA club said, “Manager Kim Jong-kook is a ‘one-club man’ who has only played with the Tigers since his professional debut.” He said, “I have received a lot of trust from the players and coaches, so I decided that he was the right person to quickly reorganize the team and take another leap forward.”
New coach Kim Jong-guk said, “It is true that it is burdensome to take on the heavy responsibility of rebuilding a famous family, but the expectations are much higher.
Coach Kim Jong-guk is a ‘franchise star’ who started baseball in Gwangju and has been on the professional stage at KIA’s predecessor, Haitai.
He joined Haitai with the first pick in 1996 and played for the Tigers until his retirement in 2009, batting .247, 66 homers, 429 RBIs and 254 stolen bases in 1,359 games.
Coach Kim Jong-kook also served only as a coach at KIA, and served as an operative, base base, and head coach for 12 seasons from 2010 to 2021.
KIA terminated the contract with former manager Matt Williams on November 1st, and former CEO Lee Hwa-won and former general manager Jo Gye-hyun also took off their clothes.
KIA, which appointed Choi Jun-young as new CEO and Jang Jeong-seok as general manager, entrusted the on-site baton to Kim Jong-guk, who ‘knows the club well’.
(Photo = Courtesy of KIA Tigers, Yonhap News)