There was no coach Carlos Subero (51) at the Hanwha Spring Camp held in Geoje, Gyeongsangnam-do a year ago. Administrative procedures of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs were delayed due to the unstable local situation in Venezuela, the home country, and director Subero’s passport was also trapped in a diplomatic bag. His passport delivery was constantly delayed, leaving him completely stranded.
In the end, coach Subero had to skip the entire first three-week camp in Geoje. Due to the COVID-19 situation, after entering the country on February 17, he went through self-isolation for a week and joined late from the second camp held in Daejeon on the 25th.
In the meantime, coach Darrell Kennedy, who served as head coach, supervised the camp as acting manager, and coach Subero also received training reports through video calls. However, there is no choice but to make a big difference in the atmosphere and immersion in training with and without a coach.
In 2022, which was uneasy from the start, Hanwha suffered 96 losses, the most in team history, and could not get out of the bottom of the 10th place. Although the basic power itself was weak, Hanwha analyzed itself that the absence of the coach had a great effect on the camp preparation process.
But this year the beginning is different. As the Corona 19 pandemic ended, an overseas spring camp was opened for the first time in three years, and Hanwha headed to Mesa, Arizona, USA. Coach Subero, who lives in Florida, USA, also moved to Arizona on the 31st of last month, and took the first step in preparing for the season by visiting the coaching staff and camp facilities.
Arizona’s Belbank Park, a new campsite Hanwha found, is a sports complex built last year. The Hanwha team uses three baseball fields, an indoor weight room, and treatment facilities. 스포츠토토 Coach Subero, who toured the campground, said, “I think the club put a lot of effort into choosing the location. It’s a really good choice. I hope that starting the season at such a good facility will be a new opportunity for the players.”
Coach Subero, who came to Hanwha in 2021, said this year is the last year of his three-year contract. Although he struggled for two years by leading a major rebuilding work with the club, his second-year season win rate fell further compared to his first year. Coach Subero, whose future was uncertain, but who was guaranteed a three-year contract period, received support from the club by recruiting three free agents, including Chae Eun-seong, Lee Tae-tae, and Oh Seon-jin, in the offseason.