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Baseball club Hanwha Eagles to keep interim manager for remainder of '17

All Headlines 14:32 June 13, 2017

SEOUL, June 13 (Yonhap) -- The South Korean baseball club Hanwha Eagles said Tuesday they will keep interim manager Lee Sang-kun for the remainder of the season.

The Korea Baseball Organization (KBO) club has been without a full-time manager since the dismissal of Kim Sung-keun on May 23. Lee, then a pitching coach, assumed the interim role, and the Eagles at the time said they'd try to name Kim's replacement as quickly as possible to stabilize the clubhouse and the dugout.

But the Eagles have not been able to deliver on their earlier promise and decided to stick with Lee for 84 more games, which includes Tuesday's game.

For the season, Lee will manage 101 games, a record by an interim manager in the KBO's 35-year history. Kim Sung-keun holds the current mark with 98 games managed in the interim position for the LG Twins in 2001.

The team has gone 6-11 on Lee's watch. At 24-36 overall, the Eagles are in eighth place among 10 teams, seven games out of a wild-card spot.

They've not been to the postseason since 2007.

In this file photo taken on May 24, 2017, Lee Sang-kun (R), interim manager of the Hanwha Eagles, speaks with a coach during a Korea Baseball Organization regular season game against the Kia Tigers at Hanwha Life Eagles Park in Daejeon. (Yonhap)

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