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KBO's Hanwha Eagles name interim manager during 14-game slide

All News 09:43 June 08, 2020

By Yoo Jee-ho

SEOUL, June 8 (Yonhap) -- Mired in a 14-game losing streak, South Korean baseball club Hanwha Eagles on Monday promoted their minor league skipper to their interim manager.

The Korea Baseball Organization (KBO) team said Choi Won-ho will take over from Han Yong-duk, who resigned Sunday following the Eagles' 14th straight loss. The Eagles are now 7-23, dead last in the 10-team league.

This will be Choi's first managerial stint in the KBO. The former pitcher had served as a minor league pitching coach for the LG Twins and worked as a television color commentator. He took over the Eagles' Futures League affiliate last fall.

Members of the Hanwha Eagles take a bow after losing to the NC Dinos 8-2 in their Korea Baseball Organization regular season game at Hanwha Life Eagles Park in Daejeon, 160 kilometers south of Seoul, on June 7, 2020. (Yonhap)

The 47-year-old is tasked with stopping the bleeding that began on May 23. By losing to the NC Dinos 8-2 Sunday, the Eagles tied their franchise record for the longest losing skid, and they sit four losses from tying the league's all-time mark set by the now-defunct Sammi Superstars in 1985.

On Tuesday, the Eagles will open a midweek three-game series against the Lotte Giants, who enjoyed a three-game sweep of the KT Wiz this past weekend. Up next for the Eagles will be the Doosan Bears starting Friday. The Bears swept the Kia Tigers in their weekend series and are in second place at 19-10.

The Eagles made a few more changes to the rest of their coaching staff. Chung Kyoung-bae, who had been named the new hitting coach Sunday, will double as Choi's bench coach. Former pitching coach Song Jin-woo will return from the minors to reprise his KBO role.

This photo, provided by the Hanwha Eagles on June 8, 2020, shows the Korea Baseball Organization club's interim manager, Choi Won-ho. (PHOTO NOT FOR SALE) (Yonhap)


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