Lotte Giants captain Ahn Chi-hong emphasized that the players are responsible for the sudden resignation of former coach Larry Sutton. As captain for the remainder of his term, he expressed his regret for the former head coach while vowing to bring the team together and win as many victories as possible.

An Chi-hong conducted an official interview with the on-site reporters immediately after the 11th game between the Hanwha Eagles and the team in the 2023 Shinhan Bank SOL KBO League, which was scheduled to be held at Hanwha Life Insurance Eagles Park in Daejeon on the 30th, was canceled due to rain.

An Chi-hong said, “After hearing the news of coach Sutton’s resignation, I thought that as players, this would not have happened if we had done a little better, and I felt very sorry.” We have a lot left to do, so we will do our best until the end of the season.”

On the 27th, Lotte knelt 1-2 in the match against Sajik KT Wiz and fell into a pit of 7 consecutive losses. With a season record of 50 wins and 58 losses with an odds ratio of 0.463, they fell to 7th place, 5 games behind the 5th place KIA Tigers, putting them at a disadvantage in the fight for the quarterfinals.

The next day, the news of Sutton’s sudden resignation was announced. The Lotte club distributed an emergency press release on the afternoon of the 28th and announced that manager Sutton expressed his resignation due to deteriorating health. Manager Sutton’s contract period was until November, but he himself put down the baton and left the team before the end of the regular season.

Lotte has 36 games left in the regular season. Head coach Lee Jong-woon, who changed his position from Future Steam coach to first-team head coach in June, takes over as acting coach and digests the 2023 season. 스포츠토토

It seems that Lotte players were fully aware of Sutton’s health problems. Coach Sutton returned home after complaining of dizziness before SSG Landers on the 13th and KT on the 27th. He revealed to the club late at night on the 27th that it would be difficult for him to carry out the managerial job with his current physical condition, and eventually left the team.

An Chi-hong said, “The fact that coach Sutton was a little unwell was something the players knew a little about from last year.” I did it,” said the last message from the command tower.

Then, “I went to work at the stadium a little early on the 29th (Monday) and met separately after the announcement of the coach’s resignation,” he said. I looked back at the last moment.

An Chi-hong repeated the word “I’m sorry” over and over again. He seemed to regret that he had not properly assisted Sutton as captain. 

An Chi-hong said, “The coach told me to fight in the future,” and “I apologized to the coach that this would not have happened if each player, including me, had done a little better. The other players did not have time to meet with the coach separately.” did.