“There is no tomorrow.”
Lee Jong-woon, 57, the acting manager of the Lotte Giants, didn’t talk about the distant future. Nor did he try to diagnose the underlying causes of the team’s struggles. He emphasized the urgency of ending the losing streak.
“It doesn’t mean anything that I took over the Lotte team as a novice manager a long time ago,” he said on the 29th at Daejeon Baseball Stadium. It’s my job to end the losing streak and create an atmosphere of reversal.” He added, “I can only do my best in each game. Fortunately, there is hope for our team,” he emphasized.
He took over at the worst possible time.
The team was on top of the table midway through the first half of the season and suddenly crashed. They’re down to seventh place and out of the mid-table race. They had lost seven straight games. Under pressure, head coach Larry Sutton voluntarily resigned, citing deteriorating health. Assistant coach Lee Jong-woon was suddenly named acting head coach.
“It was embarrassing (to be named acting head coach), and I think someone has to do it now,” Lee said. Still, I think our team can do well,” he said.
As of Sept. 29, Lotte has 50 wins and 58 losses in 108 games with a winning percentage of 4.663. They are five games behind the fifth-place KIA Tigers and 2.5 games behind the eighth-place Samsung Lions.
There are 36 games left. “They say there’s not much time, but there’s plenty of time to rebound,” Lee said. He had faith in his players 바카라.
“I met with Coach Sutton and told him I’m sorry I didn’t do a better job. As the head coach, I have a responsibility to fulfill. All I could say was I’m sorry,” Lee said. “I told the players to give their best until the end,” he said.