Seongyong Kim, General Manager of SSG Landers. 

SSG Landers is having a stormy winter. After three straight losses in the semi-playoffs, the coach was replaced, and after sending out a series of veterans in the second draft, even the general manager was dismissed from his position.

On the 25th, the SSG club announced, “We are moving general manager Kim Seong-yong to the position of head of the R&D center to take responsibility for the controversy that arose during the recent selection of managers and coaches and the second draft process.”

SSG has been constantly generating controversy over the past month. It all started with a change of manager.

SSG, which advanced to the semi-playoffs after finishing the regular season in third place, ended the postseason in vain with three consecutive losses to the NC Dinos.

Afterwards, on October 31, when the playoffs were in full swing, coach Won-Hyung Kim was suddenly fired.

Coach Kim, who was appointed as the SK Wyverns coach at the end of 2020, became the first coach of SSG when SSG acquired SK, and won the 'Wire to Wire' integrated championship after maintaining first place throughout last year's regular season.

Accordingly, the club renewed a three-year contract with Coach Kim. Coach Kim played a minimal role this year by putting the team on the fall stage, but was suddenly fired when they failed to make the playoffs.

The club said that it was not the fault of performance but a process of generational change, but no one immediately accepted this.

In the 5th game of the Korean series of the professional baseball '2022 Shinhan Bank SOL KBO Postseason' held at SSG Landers Field in Michuhol-gu, Incheon on the afternoon of the 7th, in the game between Kiwoom Heroes and SSG Landers, SSG Kim Kang-min hit a walk-off home run in the bottom of the 9th inning with no outs on 1st and 3rd base. there is. 

Several baseball players were nominated for the suddenly vacant position as SSG manager. Following Park Chan-ho and Choo Shin-soo, the name of LG Twins coach Lee Ho-jun, who was playing in the Korean Series, was also mentioned.

As a result, SSG chose new coach Lee Soong-yong, but the process was not smooth. The process of recruiting Coach Siheon Son, who was training as an American coach with support from NC, as the Futures (2nd team) coach was the same.

The peak of the controversy was the second draft held on the 22nd. SSG excluded Kim Kang-min, a veteran who devoted himself to the team for 23 years, from the 35-man protection list.

Kim Kang-min was a player who had been considering his retirement, so it was difficult to put him on the protected list, but the one-club man was taken away in vain when the Hanwha Eagles nominated Kim Kang-min.

If SSG had indicated in the remarks column of the protected player list that Kim Kang-min was discussing retirement, Hanwha may not have selected Kim Kang-min.

However, due to SSG's inexperience in handling the job, Hanwha made a valid nomination, and Kim Kang-min decided to continue his active career at Hanwha.

Fans are pouring out strong criticism towards the club for missing out on a one-club man for 23 consecutive years following a winning manager.

After repeatedly shaking hands for a month, SSG finally suddenly dismissed General Manager Kim Seong-yong, who replaced former General Manager Ryu Seon-gyu in December of last year, from his position. It appears to be a decision intended to calm the worsening public opinion to some extent.

The club's plan is to first find a new general manager as soon as possible, with CEO Min Kyung-sam carrying out the duties of general manager.

However, concerns about the team are growing as even the general manager position has become vacant in a situation where the team has not even begun to strengthen its strength for next season.

SSG must immediately reorganize the foreign players that will join them next year and sign a free agent contract with starting catcher Kim Min-sik. Salary negotiations for existing players are also expected to be difficult.

Representative Min, who has extensive experience as a general manager, will perform various roles well for now, but it is expected that more time will be needed to change the image of the team, which is being criticized for its unreasonable management. 카지노사이트