Hyundai Dynasty champion → SK Lotte manager candidate… Meet the foreigner of memories, Kim Ha-seong

 Scott Coolbar, the ‘memorable foreign hitter’ who shared the Korean Series championship with the Hyundai Unicorns, will be with Kim Ha-seong.

On the 18th (Korean time), the San Diego Union Tribune, a local newspaper in San Diego, USA, reported, “The San Diego Padres have hired former Detroit Tigers hitting coach Coolba as their major league hitting coach.” San Diego plans to operate the team without an official hitting coach for the 2023 season. Instead, Ryan Flaherty will head the hitting coaching group, directing batters’ hitting, and Coolbar will serve as an assistant with Flaherty to help with guidance.

Cool Bar is a very familiar name to old fans of the KBO League. A foreign hitter who played for Hyundai in 1998. Coolbar, who had a major league career and stepped on the Korean stage, played as a starting player for Hyundai at the time and recorded a batting average of .3017 (130 hits in 410 at-bats), 26 home runs and 97 RBIs. He was also one of the leading players in Hyundai’s winning the Korean Series that year. He performed well, and the club also wanted to renew the contract, but the contract renewal failed in the end as the mutually desired conditions were not agreed upon. 안전놀이터

Afterwards, Coolba retired after playing in the minor leagues, and walked the path of a full-fledged leader. Coolba has been recognized as a player with great batting qualities since his youth, and he is now a major league hitting coach. Texas Rangers, Baltimore Orioles, Chicago White Sox, Detroit. He has served as hitting coach for several teams.

Coolba’s season in the KBO League was only one year, but his relationship with Korea continues. He is known as one of the candidates for manager of SK Wyverns and Lotte Giants in the past. When SK recruited Trey Hillman, one of the candidates was one of the candidates along with Cool Bargo, and Lotte was one of the three candidates publicly announced when they were looking for foreign coaches before recruiting Huh Moon-hoe. Unfortunately, he was not chosen as the final director. At the time Kim Hyun-soo belonged to Baltimore, he gave various advice as a team hitting coach.

That cool bar is now with Kim Ha-seong. It will be a welcome meeting for Kim Ha-seong as he felt a special affinity with the players from Korea.

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