Hanwha pitching coach Jose Rosado (49), a two-time major league all-star, has been selected as the Puerto Rico baseball team coach for the 2023 World Baseball Classic (WBC). 

The Puerto Rico Baseball Federation (FBRP) appointed coach Rosado as the bullpen coach for the WBC national team on the 6th (hereinafter Korean time). In 2013 and 2017, he joined the Puerto Rico WBC coaching staff for three consecutive tournaments. 

According to Metro Puerto Rico, which reported the news, Puerto Rico coach Joey Sola said, “Rosado needs the experience of a coach. He will help our pitchers wonderfully as he has worked with pitching coach Ricky Bones before.” Puerto Rico was the runner-up in both the 2013 and 2017 WBC. 

Coach Rosado, who served as Puerto Rico’s pitching coach in the Premier 12 in 2019, said, “I am grateful to God and the Federation for making me a member of the WBC national team for three consecutive tournaments. The touching and wonderful memories of 2017 cannot be expressed in words. He will challenge with great passion,” he said.  토토

Coach Rosado, who was a left-handed pitcher during his active career, recorded an average ERA of 4.27 with 37 wins, 45 losses and 1 save in 125 games in 5 seasons with the Kansas City Royals from 1996 to 2000. He played as Kansas City’s ace and was selected as an American League All-Star twice in 1997 and 1999, but a shoulder injury ended his playing career early. 

After retiring, he worked as a minor league coach for the New York Yankees, and from 2021, he joined Hanwha pitching coach under manager Carlos Subero. As head coach Subero, who signed a three-year contract, was re-appointed, Rosado also kept his position as Hanwha’s main pitching coach. 

However, due to joining the WBC this year, a gap was inevitable during Hanwha’s spring camps in Arizona, USA and Okinawa, Japan, starting in February. Hanwha agreed to coach Rosado’s joining the Puerto Rico national team as a big win, and domestic coaches lead the pitching part. 

For Hanwha, head coach Lee Dae-jin and bullpen coach Park Seung-min, who joined after finishing last year’s season, both have extensive experience as main pitching coaches. There is also Lee Dong-geol, a pitching performance coach who has worked with Rosado as a bullpen coach for the past two years, so it is not expected that Rosado coach will have a large gap during the camp.

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