Kim Ha-seong (San Diego Padres) breaks up with Lee Jung-hoo (Kiwoom Heroes)?
It could happen. BVM Sports reported on Tuesday that “San Diego Padres third base coach Matt Williams is likely to follow manager Bob Melvin to the San Francisco Giants. Padres assistant manager Ryan Christensen is also likely to join the Giants on Melvin’s staff.”
Coach Matt Williams is a legendary third baseman in Major League Baseball. He joined San Francisco in 1987 and played for the Cleveland Indians and Arizona Diamondbacks until 2003. In 1866 career games, he batted .268 with 1878 hits in 7000 at-bats, 378 home runs, 1218 RBIs, and an OPS of .805.
He was a four-time Silver Slugger and four-time Gold Glove winner. He played with Byung-Hyun Kim and the Arizona Diamondbacks, winning the 2001 World Series with them. After retiring, he served as first and third base coach for the Arizona and Oakland Athletics, and was the manager of the Washington Nationals in 2014 and 2015.
Fans in Korea know him best as the manager of the KIA Tigers in the KBO in 2020 and 2021. Although he was fired after failing to fulfill the final year of his three-year contract, he immediately returned to San Diego to spend two years as the third base coach.토스카지노 주소
He had seen Kim Ha-seong play for the Kiwoom Heroes when he was the manager of the KIA, and the two met again in the major leagues. Coach Williams will be joining Bob Melvin as he recently moved from San Diego to San Francisco. Williams coached in Oakland in 2018 and 2019, when Melvin was the manager. He has a strong relationship with Melvin.
San Francisco is expected to pursue Lee in free agency in 2023-2024. General manager Pete Putilla watched Lee’s comeback and farewell game at Gocheok SkyDome in Seoul. Should the Giants beat out the competition to sign Lee, Williams would become the second Korean star to be linked to the Giants after Kim Hae-sung. Williams is also familiar with Lee thanks to his experience managing KIA.