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Rumors of interviews spread from Chuseok

The professional baseball Lotte Giants finished this season with the Daejeon Hanwha Eagles match on the 16th. The final ranking is 7th (68 wins and 76 losses). At the beginning of the opening, he once ran to the sole lead, but his ranking fell from the summer and eventually finished 144 games without winning a ticket to the postseason.

Including this year, Lotte has failed to drop out of the fall baseball for the past six consecutive years. As it has been every year, a considerable backlash is expected, and the field is predicting a change of coach. The leading candidate is Kim Tae-hyung, who led the Korean Series for seven consecutive years when he was the head coach of the Doosan Bears.

Rumors of manager Kim's appointment to Lotte circulated throughout the second half of this season. Lotte, where Larry Sutton dropped out in August and Lee Jong-un took the temporary helm, has rarely hit the upper middle level since then, and this rumor has been further bolstered. In particular, around the last Chuseok holiday, rumors circulated that Lotte CEO Lee Kang-hoon had completed his own interview with manager Kim Tae-hyung, prompting some to say that only the announcement was left.

For now, Lotte has yet to admit the change of manager. "The story that CEO Lee and head coach Kim met is not true," a high-ranking official of the club said in a phone call on the 17th. There is no contact yet," he said. At the same time, he said, "It is true that head coach Kim is one of the candidates. However, it is an issue that requires consultation with its parent company, Lotte Holdings. "I originally set early November as the deadline for the decision, but as rumors grow, I feel the need to move quickly inside the club," he explained.

Manager Kim Tae-hyung, a catcher-turned-leader whose name continues to be mentioned, is called the "winning vice president." As soon as he took the helm of Doosan in 2015, he was recognized for his leadership by leading the Korean Series title. He then raised Doosan to the Korean Series stage for seven consecutive years until 2021, including the integrated championship in 2016 and 2019, becoming a master representing professional baseball.

Coach Kim has been selected as a candidate for the next head coach of several clubs since he came out of Doosan late last year. Some say that Lotte is the right person for Lotte, which needs a major improvement in its constitution due to its strong control over the team, which is unusual for a coach these days.
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Tuesday, October 17, 2023
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