2016 Nexen Heroes. In the pennant race, he recorded 77 wins, 1 draw, and 66 losses, with a win rate of 50.308. They finished third in the regular season following Doosan Bears and NC Dinos. Prior to the start of the season, ‘4th hitter’ Park Byeong-ho left for the major leagues, ‘ace’ Andy Van Hecken entered the Japanese professional baseball league, and ‘closer pitcher’ Son Seung-rak transferred to the Lotte Giants as a free agent. Van Hecken, who failed at Seibu Lions, returned in the middle of the season and added strength. Director Yeom Gyeong-yeop’s Heroes performed well even when the ‘core force’ was missing all at once.
Still, there is regret. It collapsed in the postseason without a hitch. In the semi-playoff against the 4th placed LG Twins, they lost 1 win and 3 losses. After the short fall baseball season, big changes came. At a press conference held after the 4th game of the playoffs given by coach Yeom, he announced his resignation.
Huija theorem (會者定離).
No matter how precious a relationship is, it will inevitably break up. That winter, some left the team, some stayed, and some found other paths.
Looking back after 6 years, I am amazed. At that time, the actions of the Heroes coaching staff and front desk stand out. Three are incumbent professional baseball managers, and two are former managers and general managers. Each of them leads teams and organizations in five different teams. Including former coaches, a total of six people served as the professional baseball command tower.
At the end of last year, the two leaders returned to the field.
Coach Yeom Gyeong-yeop (55) took the lead of the LG Twins. Son Hyuk, Hanwha Power Reinforcement Coordinator (50), was promoted to the general manager. KT Wiz coach Lee Kang-cheol (57), Heroes coach Hong Won-ki (50), and KIA Tigers general manager Jang Jeong-seok (50) were members of the Heroes during Yeom’s days as coach.
Manager Yeom, who had a successful career at Heroes, moved to SK Wyverns and served as the general manager and manager of the winning team. He recharged himself with overseas training and joined LG after serving as the technical chairman of the Korea Baseball Organization (KBO). He made a happy return to the Twins, where he served as defensive coach and operations team leader a long time ago.
Jang Jeong-seok, manager of the operation team, filled the vacant position left by director Yeom. This is the first case in which a team leader-level club front desk, who was a former team manager of the first team, rose directly to the command tower. It was an unconventional greeting that the manager with no coaching experience and the person concerned could not have thought of.
Manager Jang left the team after serving for three years. After working as a commentator for a broadcasting company, he was appointed as the head of the KIA.
Head coach Lee Kang-cheol, who had been the closest assistant to coach Yeom, moved the team in the winter of 2016. After being recognized as the Doosan Bears 2nd team pitching coach and 1st team head coach, he rose to the KT command tower in 2019.
Prepared leaders are different. He overhauled the team and raised it to the top level. In 2021, KT finally won the first Korean Series in its founding. As coach of the national team, Lee is preparing for the World Baseball Classic (WBC).
Manager Lee, who was a pitching coach for his hometown team KIA, worked with manager Yeom for four years from 2013. Director Yeom said, “Director Lee is a leader who constantly studies and ponders. I left the pitching part to Coach Lee.” 바카라 Director Lee is 2 years senior to director Yeom at Gwangju Il High School.
Pitching coach Son Hyuk also took a different path after the 2016 season. He has accumulated various experiences in various places. After doing broadcast commentary, he returned to the field as SK pitching coach. Director Yeom called. He subsequently became the Heroes’ head coach. He voluntarily resigned during the season due to a disagreement with the club’s top officials. This time, Hanwha called him. He looked over the entire club as a coordinator and became the head of the front desk.
Regarding pitching coach Son Hyuk, Manager Yeom said, “I didn’t have a special relationship, but we talked a lot when I was a commentator. He has the ability to make the other person understand logically and persuasively.”
Director Hong Won-ki has been staying at Heroes for the longest time. After serving as defensive coach and head coach, he became head coach in 2021. He managed to renew his contract after an impressive postseason last year. Director Yeom and Director Hong