The Hanwha Eagles have reorganized their coaching staff and players to take a leap forward next season.
Hanwha announced on the 21st, “We hired coaches Kim Jae-geol and Park Jae-sang on the 20th.”
Coach Jae-geol Kim played for the Samsung Lions from 1995 to 2009. His professional career records include 1,125 appearances, a batting average of 0.230 (490 hits in 2,128 at-bats), 14 home runs, 170 RBI, and 119 stolen bases.
Although his batting ability was not outstanding, Coach Kim, who was evaluated as having excellent operational ability and stable defense as his strengths, has been walking the path of a leader since 2010. Before serving as Samsung’s second-team manager in the 2023 season, he mainly coached players in strategy and base running. Coach Kim will be in charge of first-team operations and base running (third base) at Hanwha.
Coach Jae-Sang Park continued his active career at SK Wyverns (now SSG Landers)스포츠토토 from 2001 to 2017. In his professional career, he played 1,087 games, posting a batting average of 0.262 (807 hits in 3,084 at-bats), 65 home runs, 394 RBI, and 135 stolen bases.
Coach Park, who began his career as a leader at SK in 2018, worked as an operations and base running coach at Kiwoom Heroes from 2022 to this year. He will be in charge of the first team’s outfield defense and first base at Hanwha.
Hanwha did not hide its expectations, saying, “Coach Kim Jae-geol’s expertise and rich experience in strategy and base running, and coach Park Jae-sang’s overflowing energy and communication skills will help the team’s performance.”
Meanwhile, on the same day, Hanwha released seven players, including Lee Jae-min, Jang Woong-jeong, Cheon Bo-woong, Lee Seok-je (pitcher), Won Hyuk-jae, Lee Jung-jae, and Ko Young-jae (outfielder), to reorganize the team.