‘NO CAREER BREAKS’ BACKSTROKE COACH “My EXPERIENCE, FOR THE SSG PITCHING STAFF”

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SSG Landers pitching coach Bae Young-soo (42) hasn’t left the field since 2000, when he started his professional baseball career. However, he is intrigued by the “unfamiliar” in 2024 when he starts a new chapter in SSG. “There are a lot of things I want to try,” Bae told reporters at Incheon International Airport on the 30th after departing for Broward County, Florida, where SSG has set up a spring camp. “I’ve been coaching nonstop since I retired, but this year I feel a new feeling again .”Bae played as a pitcher from 2000 to 2019, compiling a record of 138 wins, 122 losses, three saves, seven holds and a 4.46 ERA. He is seventh on the Korean Baseball Organization’s all-time wins list and was named the 2004 regular-season Most Valuable Player, but struggled with a decline in velocity after elbow ligament reconstruction surgery.

After experiencing both highs and lows on the mound, Bae began his coaching career with the Doosan Bears in 2020 and moved to the Lotte Giants in 2023.After starting 2023 as the first-team pitching coach and finishing the season as the second-team manager, Bae will start a new chapter in 2024 as the main pitching coach of the SSG first team. “I’m leaving the country today, but I’ve been preparing quite a bit,” he said. “The SSG club made a thick book of data about the players. I got to know the players to a certain extent by looking at the vast amount of data. Now I will check them out in spring training,” he said with an excited expression. SSG manager Lee Sung-yong plans to entrust most of the pitching operations to pitchers Song Shin-young and Bae Young-soo, the main coaches, and bullpen coach Lee Seung-ho.

Bae said, “I am friends with bullpen coach Lee Seung-ho. He used to coach at SSG, so it was easier for me to get to know him.” “I’ve already had in-depth meetings with the head coach and coach Lee Seung-ho. We will discuss and find the best direction.” SSG’s pitching staff is an even mix of veterans like Kim Kwang-hyun, Ko Hyo-joon, and Noh Kyung-eun, senior players like Park Jong-hoon and Moon Seung-won, and up-and-comers like Lee Roon and Song Young-jin .However, the center of the mound is still dominated by veterans. The rebound of Park Jong-hoon, Moon Seung-won, and the growth of young pitchers such as Lee Roon and Song Young-jin are important tasks for Bae in this spring camp. “The SSG veterans are untouchable,” Bae said, “and it’s important to create good habits for the young pitchers. I will try to make good habits in spring training.” “I had two phone calls with Park Jong-hoon (who struggled last year). I’m planning to meet with Moon Seung-won in camp.” “When you have a strong desire to show something, it sometimes goes against you. We’ll try to find a solution for both technical and psychological issues through dialog,” 슬롯사이트 he added.

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