‘National right fielder’ Lee Jin-young becomes SSG’s hitting coach for Samsung’s first team
The Samsung Lions are hiring former SSG hitting coach Lee Jin-young.
According to OSEN, Lee recently accepted a job offer from Samsung. Samsung head coach Park Jin-man asked Lee to join the team, and Lee’s position is expected to be the first-team hitting coach.
After graduating from Gunsan High School, Lee began his professional career with Ssangbangul in 1999 and went on to play for SK, LG, and KT. He played 2160 games in the first team, batting .325 (6976 hits, 2125 runs) with 169 home runs, 979 RBIs, 979 runs scored, 먹튀검증 and 112 stolen bases. He retired from KT after the 2018 season.
He played for his country at the 2006 World Baseball Classic, the 2008 Beijing Olympics, and the 2009 World Baseball Classic, earning the title of “National Right fielder.
After retiring from active duty, Lee served as the hitting coach for the first and second teams of SK and SSG, as well as the power analysis coach for the national team, and is currently the QC coach for the APBC national team.
The SSG organization announced that Lee had tendered his resignation on January 1. On the same day, SSG said it had informed first-team pitching coach Chae Byung-yong, defense coach Son Ji-hwan, strength coach Kwak Hyun-hee, and future team (second-team) pitching coach Park Joo-eon and conditioning coach Ryu Jae-joon that they would not be re-signed for next season.
Samsung has been reorganizing its coaching staff since the end of the season, with new manager Lee Jong-yeol taking over. Chung Dae-hyun, a pitching coach at Dong-A University, will take over as the head coach of the Future Team.
A product of Gunsan Sango High School and Kyung Hee University, Chung made his professional debut in 2001 and went on to play for SK and Lotte, earning a reputation as one of the best submarine pitchers in the KBO with a career record of 46 wins, 29 losses, 106 saves and 121 holds (2.21 ERA).
Chung’s value to the Futures was even more evident on the international stage. He was a standout performer at the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games, the inaugural World Baseball Classic (WBC) in 2006, the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games, the second World Baseball Classic (WBC) in 2009, the Guangzhou 2010 Asian Games, and the third WBC in 2013.
After retiring from active duty, Jung received coaching training with the Seibu Lions of the Nippon Professional Baseball Organization in 2018 and has been the pitching coach at Dong-A University since December 2018. He has been recognized for his coaching skills by serving as the pitching coach for the national teams at the Tokyo Olympics and Hangzhou Asian Games.
Samsung has been revamping its coaching staff, hiring Lotte’s first-team bullpen coach Kang Young-sik alongside Futures manager Chung Dae-hyun.