On the 17th (local time), a welcome face came to Enex Field in Reed Park, Tucson, Arizona, USA, where the NC Dinos’ spring camp was held. 스포츠토토 It was Kim Gyeong-moon (65), the founding coach of the 9th Korean professional baseball team, NC, and who led the baseball team for the 2008 Beijing Olympics and 2021 Tokyo Olympics. Director Kim currently resides in Los Angeles, California, USA. That’s why he drove by car for an hour alone and found the NC camp.
His surprise visit to the camp was made at the request of NC coach Kang In-kwon, who was his student. The two current and former coaches of NC have a very deep relationship. Both made a name for themselves as defensive catchers during their playing days. When Coach Kang is active at Doosan, Coach Kim is in charge of the team’s battery coach. Afterwards, coach Kim became the Doosan command tower and coach Kang was appointed as the Doosan battery coach. Later, even when coach Kim left Doosan and took the NC baton, he also took coach Kang. Director Kang, who was appointed as the official manager from last year’s acting manager, has expressed his respect, saying, “I am here thanks to Coach Kim.”
It must have been difficult for both the invited and the invited. However, coach Kang took a difficult step at repeated requests from coach Kang to “come and watch our training and share some good energy.” This was the first time coach Kim visited the NC camp after stepping down from the NC coach position in 2018.
Coach Kim, who stood in front of the team wearing an NC jumper for a long time, said, “There is an evaluation that NC is somewhat weak in terms of power this year, but baseball is unknown. If we all work together as one and do our best, we will definitely be able to achieve good results.” He also said, “There is something I want to say to the young players. While you’re a baseball player, don’t look elsewhere and focus on baseball. Then, as individuals and as a team, we will be able to achieve a lot.” All the NC players lined up listened to him and returned to the field with strong voices and resumed training.
Coach Kim was unable to win the Korean Series, which he longed for, during his tenure. However, he put NC into the ranks of strong teams in a short period of time. NC, who had only runner-up several times during his tenure, finally lifted the Korean Series championship cup he dreamed of in 2020. The role of Director Kim cannot be left out here.
Coach Kim also gave good energy to the Korean team for the 2023 World Baseball Classic (WBC), which is training in the same Tucson.
Head coach Kim, who arrived in Tucson the day before, had a chance meeting with head coach Lee Kang-cheol and the Korean national team’s coaching staff at dinner with coach Kang. At this meeting, Kim Dok Kim asked for coach Lee’s promotion.
Coach Kim led the Korean professional baseball team to a 9-game winning gold medal at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Although he failed to win a medal at the 2021 Tokyo Olympics, his experience of leading the national team twice in the Olympics alone is a great asset to the Korean national team. In addition, there are many students from his coaching days in this national team. Kim Hyun-soo (LG), Yang Eui-ji (Doosan), Lee Yong-chan (NC), Na Seong-beom (KIA), and Koo Chang-mo (NC) played the season wearing the same uniform.
Coach Kim paid attention to the role of Koo Chang-mo, who has emerged as the next-generation ace of the Korean national team. He said, “In international competitions, the left hand is important. It is advantageous to have a left-handed pitcher in the match against Japan,” he said. “I think Changmo can be a great help. In the case of Kim Gwang-hyun, he has experience in throwing in the United States and has participated in many international competitions. However, Changmo has never played in international competitions, so his opponents will have a hard time attacking him. Coach Lee Kang-cheol is good at managing pitchers, so I believe this tournament will go well.” He also said, “There are things I felt while doing international competitions. In the past, when we played the Korea-Japan match, the Japanese kids played with a lot of pressure. But now our country’s players have a lot of burden. Moderate tension is fine, but excessive tension can have the opposite effect. The most important thing is to let go of the burden,” he said.He predicted that the performance of right-handed hitters such as Choi Jeong (SSG), Park Byeong-ho (Kiwoom), and Yang Eui-ji (Doosan) would be the key to victory. Coach Kim said, “I hope our WBC team will play well in this tournament and give joy to the people like last year’s World Cup soccer. Although the sport is different, the performance of the national soccer team last year was very touching. I hope to play hard and get good results so that we can get a place in the quarterfinals or higher. I will also cheer hard from behind.”