SSG Landers has appointed a Japanese catcher development specialist as its new battery coach.
“We have strengthened our first and second team coaching staff with four new coaches in preparation for the 2024 season,” SSG Landers announced today.
The new coaches are Fumihiro Suzuki, former KT Wiz second team battery coach, Jong-hoon Kim, former Samsung Lions hitting coach, Taek-hyun Ryu, former KIA Tigers pitching coach, and Masato Watanabe, former Ishikawa Million Stars manager (Japanese independent team).
“With many years of experience as a first-team battery coach in the NPB, we believe Coach Suzuki is the right person to run the first-team catching staff and lead the rapid development of players such as Cho Hyung-woo, as well as our second-round draft picks Park Dae-on and Shin Beom-soo,” said SSG. “We also added Coach Kim Jong-hoon, who has extensive experience as a hitting coach, and Coach Ryu Taek-hyun, who specializes in developing pitching prospects. Finally, 토토사이트 Masato Watanabe, a former Chiba Lotte player who served as a specialist infield coach and defensive coach for the Nippon Independent Club, will also be joining us.”
Suzuki will serve as the first team battery coach for the 2024 season.
Yoon Yoseop will become the first team battery coach and Jung Jin-sik will become the second team battery coach. Kim Jong-hoon will be the assistant hitting coach for the first team, and Ryu Taek-hyun will be the main pitching coach for the second team. Kim Dong-ho has been promoted to biomechanics and driveline coach for the second team. Masato will serve as the second team defense coach.
Suzuki played catcher for the Junichi Dragons and Oryx Buffaloes from 1998 to 2012, and represented Japan at the 2000 Sydney Olympics. After retiring, he served as a battery coach and development coach for 11 years with the Oryx Buffaloes and KT Wiz from 2013 to 2023.
Kim Jong-hoon joined the Lotte Giants in 1994 and later played for the Samsung Lions until 2007.
He then spent 13 years with the Samsung Lions from 2010 to 2022 as the first and second team hitting coach.
Ryu joined the OB Bears in 1994 and moved to the LG Twins in 1999, where he served as a left-handed bullpen pitcher until 2014. After retiring, he pursued a coaching career as a pitching coach with the LG Twins, KT Wiz, KIA Tigers, 토토사이트 추천 and Jemul Pogo for nine years from 2015 to 2023.
Finally, Coach Masato continued his playing career with Chiba Lotte from 1998 to 2012, and after his retirement, he served as a defensive coach, head coach, and manager for an independent Japanese club from 2014 to 2018. He then worked in power analysis for the Oryx Buffaloes from 2019 to 2023.