Poisoned chalice, Lotte commander Sutton quits again
Sutton made an ambitious start when he took over at Lotte two years ago, following the dismissal of Heo Moon-ho.
[Sutton/former Lotte manager/at his inauguration: “It looks like the players have 50 pounds (about 23 kilograms) of baggage in their bags, which they should have, but we need to lighten the load. Take the pressure off and focus on baseball.”]
True to his word, the players seemed to shed the burden and soar at the beginning of this season.
In early May, Lotte went on a nine-game winning streak for the first time in 15 years.
But the joy was short-lived.
Since June, they’ve fallen to seventh place, with a winning percentage of 0.359, the lowest among the 10 clubs.
Free agents Yoo Kang-nam, Noh Jin-hyuk, and Han Hyun-hee, who were brought in for a whopping 17 billion won ($17 million), have fallen into a concurrent slump.
As a result, Sutton tendered his resignation to the club after yesterday’s match against KT.
He reportedly stated that ‘due to health reasons, it is difficult for me to take the helm anymore’.
This means that Lotte has now had a whopping seven coaches quit since the Royster regime, from Yang Seung-ho and Kim Si-jin to Yang Sang-moon and Heo Moon-ho.
That’s an average tenure of less than two years.
With 36 games remaining, it’s too early to give up on fall baseball.
In an atmosphere of utmost restraint when it comes to mentioning their next manager, 카지노사이트넷 Lotte will play the rest of the season under acting manager Lee Jong-woon.