“Open ears are an advantage”.
The KIA Tigers appointed Shim Jae-hak (51) as the new general manager on the 8th. He is the successor to former general manager Jang Jeong-seok, who resigned in disgrace. He had the homework to make the Tigers, who won 11 championships, into a strong and sustainable team. Since 2004, the relationship that I played for the Tigers for 5 years has been continued for the first time in 15 years.
Shim’s recruitment is unprecedented. It was a card that was hard to think of easily. He played at KIA, but since retiring after the 2008 season, there has been no relationship at all. He only coached for 10 years with the Heroes. His rich field experience, his relationship with manager Kim Jong-guk as a one-year senior at Korea University, and his high understanding of baseball are cited as the background for his selection.
The scope of work of the former player general manager is fixed. While drawing a rough sketch of power reinforcement, the biggest task is to strengthen power, such as recruiting foreign players, trading, drafting new players, and recruiting released players. He also takes charge of power analysis and training to nurture the future in Future Steam. He covers everything related to performance.
KIA suffered a big scratch ahead of the opening. Jang Jeon resigned himself when a transcript was reported that he demanded back money during free agency negotiations with catcher Park Dong-won (LG), whom he had acquired through trade. It would be difficult for Shim to imagine. Of course, he will not repeat the former leader’s deviant behavior.
안전놀이터 The point I want to point out here is the process of trading Park Dong-won. In April of last year, efforts were made to recruit Park Dong-won, who was not a key player in Kiwoom. I handed over 1 billion won in cash and the 2023 newcomer 2nd round nomination right to main infielder Kim Tae-jin. The position I desperately needed was catcher, so I took overpay and recruited him.
As a result, Park Dong-won signed a contract with LG for 4 years and 6.5 billion won and left the team. In the end, the six-month Park Dong-won rental fee cost a lot of money. When Park Dong-won was away, Han Seung-taek was the only catcher. It was because when Park Dong-won was recruited, Kim Min-sik, the second catcher, was traded to SSG. He also recruited Kiwoom’s Hyo-sang Joo, and at this time, he also handed over the nomination for the 3rd round of 2024 rookies.
Looking at Park Dong-won’s trade decision process, it was disappointing to see the internal process of converging trade fairness, risk potential, and public opinion trends. If the head of the election who ‘knows baseball well’ made a unilateral decision, it proceeded as it was. The aftermath of not catching Park Dong-won is still ongoing as he even made a ridiculous request for back money in a situation where he had to remain in the free agency.
In the judgment and decision process of the former player general manager, it was pointed out that there must be a coordination and supplementary device within the club. In the future, the policies decided by Shim will determine the present and future of the Tigers. So, it is natural for important decisions to be accompanied by an extensive internal discussion system.
Fortunately, Shim said, “My strength is my open ears.” It must mean that we will listen to the stories around us and make policy judgments. General manager Shim also said, “He signed a free agent contract as a KIA player, but he left the team because he couldn’t do his job properly, and he has a debt of heart.” If he repays the debt as the general manager who brings the Tigers back to the ranks of the prestigious team, there will be no better reward than that.