The manager who was once paired with Kim 토토사이트“Awesome Kim” Ha-seong (28, San Diego Padres) will be paired with Lee “Genius” Jung-hoo (25, Kiwoom Heroes) next year?
Bob Melvin, who managed the San Diego Padres this year, is being heavily rumored to leave the organization. “Melvin has been granted permission by San Diego to interview with San Francisco for the managerial position,” MLB.com, the official website of Major League Baseball, announced on March 23.
The Giants, who finished fourth in the National League West with 79 wins and 83 losses this season, are in need of a new manager following the departure of Gabe Kepler. Melvin is one of the top candidates for the job.
Melvin is a 20-year veteran of the game, with a career record of 1517-1425 (.516 winning percentage).
Melvin began his managerial career with the Seattle Mariners in 2003-2004, then went on to manage the Arizona Diamondbacks from 2005-2009 and the Oakland Athletics from 2011-2021 before taking the helm in San Diego for the past year. He was named the National League Manager of the Year in 2007 and the American League Manager of the Year in 2012 and 2018.
After leading the Padres to the postseason last year, Melvin fell short of expectations this year, finishing third in the National League West with an 82-80 record. Melvin still has one year left on his contract with San Diego. Will Melvin leave San Diego for a fresh start in San Francisco?
The Athletic, an American sports publication, published an article titled “Why San Francisco Should Hire Melvin” on the 24th, emphasizing that Melvin is a good fit for San Francisco.
One of the reasons cited by ‘The Athletic’ is that the team needs a manager who can attract free agents.
San Diego head coach Bob Melvin (left) receives the ball from Darvish Yu.
San Diego manager Bob Melvin
The Giants have shown strong interest in Yoshinobu Yamamoto of the Nippon Professional Baseball Orix Buffaloes, one of the biggest names in pitching in the upcoming free agency market, and Lee Jung-hoo of the Kiwoom Heroes, the best hitter in the KBO.
San Francisco’s chances of landing these players will increase if they hire Melvin as their new manager. In the meantime, Melvin has made connections with major league baseball in Asia, including South Korea and Japan.
“Melvin has a strong reputation among Japanese and Korean players, starting with Ichiro Suzuki in 2003,” said The Athletic, “San Francisco can be expected to aggressively pursue 25-year-old ace Yoshinobu Yamamoto of the Orix Buffaloes and make an onslaught on Kiwoom Heroes center fielder Lee Jeong-hoo, who is considered the best player in the KBO.”
The Athletic continued, “It’s worth noting that Melvin got along well with Darvish Yu. Darvish has the same agent as Yamamoto and is known to be an influential advisor to Japanese free agents.” “Melvin has also formed a strong bond with Lee Jung-hoo’s childhood teammate and close friend, Kim Ha-seong. “Melvin gave him the opportunity to play every day, which helped him rank eighth among National League players this season with a 5.8 wins above replacement (bWAR) per Baseball Reference.
Having declared his intentions to play in the majors early, Lee would naturally prefer to play for a team where he can earn a starting spot. If San Francisco were to sign Melvin, Lee would be able to ask Kim for advice on how to handle the position. From Kim’s point of view, it would be hard for him to have bad feelings towards Melvin, who has been a consistent starter for him.
San Francisco has shown active interest in Lee. In particular, San Francisco general manager Pete Putilla was spotted visiting Gocheok SkyDome to watch Lee at bat.
Lee, who won the regular season MVP last year after hitting .349 with 23 home runs and 113 RBIs, played only 86 games this year due to an ankle injury, but showed his rusty bat by hitting .318 with six home runs and 45 RBIs.