29 August 2023

“There’s plenty of time to rebound” Lotte manager Lee Jong-woon on relief pitcher, “Don’t think about tomorrow, do your best today”

By pestfood.com

“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 matter that I took over as Lotte’s manager a long time ago as a novice manager,” 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 we don’t have much time, but we have enough time to rebound,” Lee said. He had faith in his players.스포츠토토

“I met with Coach Sutton and apologized for not being there,” Lee said. As a head coach, I have a responsibility to fulfill. All I could say was I’m sorry,” Lee said. “I told the players to do their best until the end,” he said.

Can Lotte rebound?